Category Archives: Grammar

The Word “That” Should be Killed with Fire (most of the time)

  That. Such a small word. It may be small, but it can cause an avalanche of trouble in your writing. In my opinion, it’s the sneakiest of all the unneeded words in writing. Check your latest manuscript with a … Continue reading

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Grammar vs Creative License

Today’s post comes from some comments I’ve read both here and on the writing forum I frequent. It can cause arguments, so let me get one thing straight from the beginning—I believe with all my heart that each one of … Continue reading

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Grammar Oddities, Part Two

There are so many oddities in the English language that I could write a whole blog just about them, but how boring would that be?  Instead, here is installment two, and I may do another from time to time. Abbreviation … Continue reading

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Grammar Oddities, Part One

Weird grammar. In the English language there are exceptions to every rule, and then, some of the rules are just weird. Today we are going to take a break from photography to talk about some oddities of grammar. Some are … Continue reading

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Grammar Gripes 4- “The road to hell is paved with adverbs.”

“The road to hell is paved with adverbs.” -Stephen King Excerpts from The Stand, by Stephen King: “Huh!” Harold said, squeaked actually. “Go away!” he yelled tearfully. He looked up at her finally, his face tear streaked and still wanting … Continue reading

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Grammar Gripes 3- Ermahgerd! Passive Voice is teh Evil!

Passive voice is bad, m’kay? Writers see various forms of that sentence everywhere they look. Passive voice is non-dynamic, boring, and wordy. No one should use it, ever. Even my Word program is now tweaked so that it will tell … Continue reading

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Capitalization

Capital Letters. The bane of my existence. Certainly, the basic rules of when to capitalize a word are simple enough. The first word in a sentence. Proper nouns, such as people’s names, cities, states, and countries. The names of a … Continue reading

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Grammar Gripes 2- The present participle phrase

Today, we are going to speak about one of the most maligned bits of grammar in the English language. The present participle phrase. This is also sometimes referred to as the present participle clause. Why, oh why, is this little … Continue reading

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Grammar Gripes – Prepositions at the end of a sentence

Let me start by stating that I am not a grammar queen. I do all right, but I’m certain that there’s the odd mistake in my writing, probably in this very post. Even so, there are some grammar myths that, … Continue reading

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