Back in my day…
Okay, so it’s officially time to get with The Plan. Today we’re going with #11: Share the first piece you ever wrote – talk about how you’ve grown as a writer and what you’ve learned from it. Well, Getting Grammarous was one of the first articles I wrote on my original blog back in the day. Pour one out for More Bang…
The most important thing I learned from this is the words themselves. I had a very sketchy understanding of some of the latter words. I blame high school. I didn’t have an English teacher for most of my freshman year. I’m doing okay now. Luckily, I was blessed to have an amazing teacher for senior year. I got a lotta writing growth out of his class.
Another thing I learned is I’m not confident enough to post this kind of content. Just looking at it makes me wonder if I went the right way with the words. You have to teach what you know, but also be willing to learn from your mistakes.
Anyway, on with the show, lol.
A Flashback to More Bang
Getting Grammarous, EDBeale Style
There are a lot of blogs/websites devoted to helping people with grammar. This is my take on the common errors and with some (hopefully!) insightful and memorable examples–E.D.B. style, aka dirty (I can’t help it; I write erotic fiction…) >:D.
The Triple T’s: To, Too, and Two
These dirty bastards have been giving people troubles for a long time.
To: While it has a couple of other uses, it often goes along with “heading somewhere.”
Ex: Let’s go to the store so we can buy a dirty movie.
Too: Its used to say “also” or to indicate “very” or “excessive.”
Ex: Your sister can join us, too.
Two: It’s the number.
Ex: Sure, I’ve taken on two men at once before. It was awesome!
The Difference in “Its”
Personally, I think these two are easy to mistake.
It’s: This one is the contraction for “it is.”
Ex: It’s so hard!
Its: This one is a possessive pronoun like yours, his, hers, etc.
Ex: I found one of my nipple tassels, but I can’t find its twin.
Affect vs. Effect
This is another one of those butt-kickers.
Affect: This one is to have an influence on.
Ex: Baby, you know how sexy black dress affects me. I won’t be able to concentrate!
Effect: Usually you’ll see this one as a result of something.
Ex: The Viagra had a positive effect on my husband’s libido.
Your and his cousin You’re
Well, maybe they’re more like step-siblings…
Your: It’s one of those pesky possessive pronouns (ooh, baby, alliteration!)
Ex: I love how your body feels against mine.
You’re: It’s the contraction for “you are.”
Ex: You’re the only one that I need.
Taking it Further/Farther
This is one that took me a long time to realize, personally.
Further: When it comes to the amount of time, you use this one. It’s also used for “additionally” and “degree of.”
Ex: My date and I took it further than I planned, but that’s okay. He’s hot!
Farther: This one refers to distance.
Ex: Your house is farther away than mine, so let’s just go to mine. I can’t wait anymore!
You’d think they’d be interchangeable. Who would have thought that they were completely different?!
Well: This one is normally an adverb for description. As an adjective, well means “healthy.”
Ex: (Adverb) Oh, baby, you know my body so well. *tremble with pleasure*
(Adjective) After that romp in the sack last night, you’re looking well.
Good: Good is an adjective.
Ex: You taste good. >:D
Ugh…Lay vs. Lie
These are the worst of the worst, mostly because of their tenses.
Lay: This means to put something down. More importantly, it has to be done to something else.
Ex: Lay your hands on my body.
Lie: This means to recline.
Ex: Lie on the bed with me so I can hold you.
Now, why are these so evil? Well, the past tense of lay is “laid,” while the past of lie is “lay.” And that’s why people from other countries think English is hard to master…Ugh…
So, “Lay your hands on my body” would become “You laid your hands on my body.” “Lie on the bed with me so I can hold you” becomes “Last night, you lay in bed with me so I could hold you.”
There are more words out there that are so similar yet so completely different. With any luck, these will not be among them for you any longer!
Oy…Words can be Rough
I’m seriously hoping I’m not losing face on my grammar knowledge. It’s been a LONG TIME since school. I just turned 41 recently, you know. I barely remember yesterday most days.
Check back soon for the insanity that is me!