Tag: grammar


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I’ve seen it. You’ve seen it. We’ve all seen it. That glaring grammatical error in that über popular novel we couldn’t wait to get our hands on. And we’ve thought to ourselves, “Man, why didn’t the editor catch that?!?! That should have been—” And that’s where I’m going to stop the train. First and foremost, everyone knows there are a lot of rules when it...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused Peak, Peek and Pique This group of homophones is a favorite of mine. Mostly because I’m always up for a good laugh and I like editing humor. I’m nerdy like that.  So what trips us up about these words besides the fact that two have spellings that are almost identical and their confuses us because it has a Q in it? (Go on,...

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Articles / On Editing

What Stops Me In My Tracks When I’m Reading? As I’ve said before, I read a lot. Not nearly as much as I’d like—and much of what I read is unpublished manuscripts—but there is little that makes me happier than relaxing with a book that whisks me away to an exciting new world, a future time, or a distant land. You see, the life of...

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Recs

Divas Recommend: “Top Ten Grammar Myths” by Mignon Fogarty aka Grammar Girl I love Grammar Girl! Mignon Fogarty is one of my favorite go-to bloggers when I’m stuck and need a quick answer… and I’m too frazzled to search through CMoS (Chicago Manual of Style) to find it. Her section on Grammar at Quick and Dirty Tips is bookmarked on my laptop for easy reference....

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Articles / On Writing

Top 10 Grammar Pet Peeves   As an editor, I find that most people feel compelled to apologize to me when they have typos in their messages or use incorrect grammar around me. I usually try to reassure people that I’m not secretly editing them… mostly. I admit there are a few grammar goofs that will always catch my attention. These are the ones I have a...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Comparatives and Superlatives If you’ve ever been tripped up by when to add –er or –est to a word, can’t remember which one of those pesky irregular adverbs or adjectives is correct or if you should use more or most, have I got the article for you. It seems as though there’s been an increase is this particular arena in advertising, not to mention...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Commonly Confused: Discreet versus Discrete There are times when embarrassment is a good teacher and today’s commonly confused was the one that did me in. For years and years I thought it was spelled “discrete”. Maybe it is my preference for “ete” over “eet” or perhaps it was the connection with the spelling of the word “discretion”, who knows, but I got it all wrong,...

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Articles / On Editing

Five Reasons To Hire A Professional Proofreader Proofreading involves a lot more than some might think. Reading a manuscript and correcting typos and punctuation is part of the process, but it’s certainly not all of it. The biggest responsibility of the proofreader is the understanding that she is the last editor to touch the manuscript before the author signs off on the edits.  And that’s...

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Guest Post: Grammar & Spelling by Z.B. Heller Guest Posts

  I’m so happy to share with our readers some witty words of wisdom from author Z.B. Heller. She’s one of our favorite people, and I’m thrilled she agreed to write this guest post for us.   Grammar & Spelling  By Z.B. Heller   Their was a farmer, who had a cow named bob. He was Black, and, White. Oh the pain! The horror! The grammatical...

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Articles / Commonly Confused

Because and Since   You’re probably wondering why I’m writing an article about two words that can be used interchangeably most of the time. Well, that’s because it’s most of the time and not all of the time. There are some instances where these two beauties cannot be swapped one for the other and it simply has to do with the use. When because and since are...

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