Grammar tips
Grammar tip: she and I, not her and I
On July 9, 2013 | 4 Comments

I go to the store. She goes to the store. She and I go to the store. Simple, right? Apparently not, because everywhere I go, and every time I turn on the TV, I hear people say things such as “Her and I go to the store” or “Her and I have been friends since college” or “Him and […]

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I hope this piques your interest
On May 21, 2013 | 3 Comments

I often see self-published authors use the word “peak” when they should be using “pique.” This mistake is just one example of why I strongly recommend hiring a copyeditor if you go the indie route. (I also recommend hiring a creative/developmental editor. See my post about the difference between the two if you’re uncertain.) Here are […]

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The dreaded “who vs. whom”
On February 26, 2013 | 0 Comments

I used to work at a PR agency, and I once gave a grammar workshop to all our employees. When I got to the “who vs. whom” part of the presentation and tried to explain the two using parts of speech, one of the women in the room gave me a blank stare and said, […]

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Who vs. that vs. which
On January 1, 2013 | 4 Comments

I see “who,” “that,” and “which” used incorrectly pretty much every day, so I thought it was worth a blog post to clear up the confusion. Here we go: Who refers to people: She is a person who cares about others. You are an author who needs to understand the importance of good grammar. We need to hire […]

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Whenever I hear this, it drives me nuts!
On December 17, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’ve become a fan of both The Voice and The Biggest Loser. Yes, it is true. However, the grammar on both shows’ latest seasons has me pulling my hair out. Let’s begin with The Voice, in which the judges begin with their backs to the singing contestants and only turn around if they like what they hear. One […]

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What a difference a hyphen can make
On October 16, 2012 | 2 Comments

Recently I went to dinner with a friend. As we perused the menu, I noticed the following section: I pointed to the list and asked my friend, “If we ordered all of these, how much would it cost?” He studied the options for a moment and then said, “thirty-six dollars.” I shook my head. “Actually, […]

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passive voice
Why the passive voice is hated by me
On August 28, 2012 | 0 Comments

If you’re not sure what the passive voice is, the title of this blog post should give you an idea. In the active voice, someone or something is doing something to someone or something. I opened the door. She murdered him. He sang the song. In the passive voice, something is being done to someone […]

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They should have paid attention in English class
On August 21, 2012 | 0 Comments

The NFL is just around the corner, and I can’t wait! At one of many games I watched back in January, the commentator offered a candid opinion on why a certain team had lost so many games throughout the season: He thought it was the quarterback’s fault. In fact, he said something along the lines […]

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Grammar gaffes of Olympic proportions
On August 13, 2012 | 0 Comments

I’m so sad the Olympics are over. I absolutely love watching them. Gymnastics? Incredible. Swimming? Unbelievable. Diving? Don’t get me started! For two weeks I spent many hours being dazzled by athletes in a variety of sports. It’s simply amazing what they’re able to do with their bodies. During all those perfect performances, however, I […]

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I feel bad for writing this…
On August 7, 2012 | 0 Comments

But I don’t feel bad enough to write badly. I have a friend who has a pet phrase. When she feels compassion or sympathy for a person, she often says “I feel badly.” I bite my tongue every time she says this, because it’s wrong. (By the way, my friend went to Harvard, so don’t […]

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