Grammar, English Language, Spelling, Word Choice Articles
Being a grammar nerd is just about my only claim to fame. I've worked as a writer, editor, and proofreader for, well, just about forever. Check out these articles on grammar rules for a quick English language refresher.
It all started in second grade when I talked my teacher into letting me stay in at recess to write letters to my mom. Since then I've loved writing, and I used to correct people's grammar when they spoke. I've learned it's easier to do it on paper when the person actually cares enough to pay me. Otherwise, I'm just being annoying.
These articles might solve some of the great mysteries of the English language. Or not. But hopefully some of these tips will help someone be a better writer.
Proofreading Photo Credit: Peggy Hazelwood
Hyphenation -- Use the Right Word and Use Hyphens Correctly
And Make Yourself Look Smart
Hyphenating words correctly makes you look smarter in your writing. Here are a few examples of when to hyphenate:
- re-create: this means to create again
- recreate: this means to take part in recreation activities
A word about adverbs. Adverbs are words that describe (or modify) an action. They are often used before or after a verb to describe action, like a adjective is used before a noun to describe the noun. An example of an adverb and a verb follows:
Her freshly baked bread was delicious.
The word "freshly" is an adverb describing the bread. Note that freshly baked (an adverbial phrase) is not hyphenated. Similar compound adjective phrases are hyphenated. (In this sentence, The bad-tempered boy had to go to time out, "bad-tempered" describes the boy and is hyphenated.) You'll look really smart if you hyphenate (or not) these phrases correctly.
Use Proofreader's Marks - to correct your work
- How to Use Proofreaders Marks | eHow
How to Use Proofreaders Marks. When you need to mark up a document, use proofreaders marks. The practice of proofreading and editing on hard copy is done less and less these days, but if you need to edit your own or someone else's writing, using stan
Grammar Mistakes ~ Mistakes Do Not Rule
Proofreading is Important
Everybody Needs a Little (Grammar) Help Sometime
Homonyms, Homophones, Homographs - What's the difference?
Homonyms, homophones, homographs. What are these?
Homonyms are words that are spelled the same and that sound the same but have different meanings like row a boat and get into a row. Row a boat sounds like no. When you get into a row, it sounds like how.
Homophones have the same pronunciation but have different meanings like to, too, and two.
Homographs are words that are spelled the same but have different meanings like desert and desert. Arizona is mostly desert and he decided to desert his wife.
- RESERVED Take A Bow Ring by PRODUKT on Etsy
A homograph... hilarious!- - size 7 ring (although it can fit up to 7.5 because of the thin band) - - gold plated - - vintage PRODUKT CARE: this ring is suitable for
Writing in Active Voice - Let the subject do it, instead of being done unto.
- Active Voice Writing
The boys pulled the tree limbs. The tree limbs were pulled by the boys. Which of these sentences was written in active voice? If you chose the first one, you're the big winner.
Things Writers Love
- Grammar Tips -- Correlative Conjunctions
These grammar tips cover correlative conjunctions, which are simply words that are used together to join parts of a sentence. Examples are either or, neither nor, and both and.
Do you correct people's grammar?
I was an annoying child, correcting people's grammar right and left. I've learned to cool it (somewhat).
Have you ever corrected someone's grammar?
Online Publishing 101 - My Examiner Articles about Correct Grammar Usage
For a few years, I was the National Online Publishing Examiner and have written more than a few articles about basic grammar usage. Here are some of them:
- Among and between--Use the correct word - National Online Publishing | Examiner.com
The words among and between have distinct meanings and times when it's appropriate to use each word. According to Merriam-Webster's online dictionary: "There is
- Spell under way correctly - National Online Publishing | Examiner.com
Often words in the English language are confused or flat out used incorrectly. The words under way are two such words that are more often than not spelled as
Words that are spelled the same but sound different
A reader, dlcass, left this comment on my Grammar Rules! lens:
My husband has a wicked fascination with Heteronyms...words that are spelled the same but sound differently depending on how you are using them. Examples are: lead (to guide or a metal), wind (a gust of air or to turn something...like a watch), wound (having turned something or an injury). We have a contest going to see who can come up with the longest list.
So, in honor of this great comment, here is a list of heteronyms:
~ lead (to guide or a metal)
~ wind (a gust of air or to turn something...like a watch)
~ wound (having turned something or an injury)
~ bow (as a noun: the forward part of a ship or an archery tool or an embellishment on a gift ; as a verb, to bend the body forward)
~ content (as an adjective: the baby looks so content; as a noun, the contents of my purse)
~ coordinate (as an adjective and noun, it's pronounced with "nut" as the ending; as a verb, with "nate" as the ending)
~ does (female deer or singular form of do, she does like carrots)
~ graduate (as a noun, a person who has graduated, and as a verb, the act of graduating)
~ live (to be alive, such as "We should live like there is no tomorrow." and having life, such as "It was a real live diamond.")
~ project (as a noun means a certain plan or design; as a verb, to throw or cast forward)
~ read (as a transitive verb [pronounced "reed"] means the act of reading, as an adjective or past tense verb [pronounced "red"] is the act of learning from reading)
~ record (to set down in writing, as in "We should record the date to remember it." and something that emits sounds, such as "I used to have that record, but now I listen to it on my MP3 player.")
~ row (to move an oar and a fight)
~ sewer (one who sews with needle and thread, a conduit to carry off sewage and water)
~ tear (rip or cry)
~ resume (to start again and curriculum vitae)
Please share yours in the comments section and I'll add it here with a link to your Squidoo (or other online) profile!