Tag: grammar
Triple-check marketing emails
On March 9, 2020 | 0 Comments

I’m on the distribution lists of many indie authors who occasionally send out promotional emails about their books. Marketing is a lot of work, so I respect the efforts of these individuals to boost their sales. Unfortunately, however, many of the emails I receive are peppered with errors, and that doesn’t instill much faith that […]

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Why pronouns are important
On February 8, 2016 | 1 Comments

Imagine you’re at a cocktail party and someone tells a brief story about his friend Buddy. Chances are the storyteller will name Buddy just once and use “he” from there on because everyone listening to the story knows he’s talking about Buddy. If the storyteller were to say, “Buddy did this, and then Buddy did […]

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Active vs. passive voice
On October 19, 2015 | 0 Comments

If you’ve never heard of “active voice” or “passive voice,” don’t worry, you’re not alone. However, while you might not know the official terminology, I’m willing to bet you can easily spot the difference between the two. In the active voice, the subject of the sentence is doing the acting. For example: I am writing this […]

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Grammar tip: Have GONE, not have WENT
On May 25, 2015 | 0 Comments

The other day my mom, from whom I inherited my attention to grammar, sent me an email with a subject line that said “THIS CAN’T POSSIBLY BE RIGHT, RIGHT?” I clicked to open the attachment, which was a photograph of a newspaper article about a sports team. The article said that “the team had sort […]

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Why grammar matters
On May 18, 2015 | 1 Comments

I recently began watching “The Wire” (yes, I realize I’m a few years late), and I love it! So far it has lived up to the hype. It also gave me a good idea for this blog post. In one of the early episodes, one of the main characters (a police officer) spends a lot […]

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A quick lesson on hyphens
On May 4, 2015 | 2 Comments

Adjectives modify nouns or pronouns. (What a pretty house! She is tall!) Adverbs modify verbs (She types quickly), adjectives (She is extremely tall) or other adverbs (Please type more quickly). When an adverb modifies an adjective (e.g. “she is extremely tall,” no hyphen is necessary. I see many authors make this error in their book descriptions and personal bios. For example: […]

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“Myself” is not a substitute for “I”
On April 13, 2015 | 0 Comments

In last week’s post, I explained when to use the pronouns “I” vs. “me.” Today, I’d like to discuss when to use the pronoun “myself,” which I’ve been hearing used incorrectly quite a bit. Following are some common examples of how I hear “myself” used incorrectly: WHAT THEY SAY: He met with George and myself (INCORRECT) […]

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I vs. Me
On April 6, 2015 | 4 Comments

I often hear people use the pronoun “I” when they should be using “me.” Here’s a quick lesson on the difference between the two. “I” is a subject pronoun, which means it should be used only when you, the speaker, are the subject of the sentence, i.e., that you are DOING something. For example: Yesterday I decided […]

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Grammar tip: Don’t overcapitalize
On March 30, 2015 | 0 Comments

In last week’s post, I discussed a grammatical error authors tend to make when writing their own bios. Another common mistake I see in author bios is the capitalization of the titles they hold/held in their current or previous day jobs. No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go […]

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Grammar tip: Who vs. that
On March 23, 2015 | 1 Comments

No matter who publishes our books, we authors typically write our own bios, especially those that go on our websites, LinkedIn profiles, Facebook pages, and so on. I read a lot of them that begin something like this: Jane Doe is a nurse that always wanted to write a book, so one day she decided to […]

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