The Grammar I Know

(and what I don’t)

 

Sometimes I find myself Googling grammar crap because I honestly haven’t the faintest clue what I’m doing (who does?).  The one day I thought, Hey!  Maybe I could write up a blog about these odds and ends I DO learn – to help others!

(Don’t let me lie, I’m only doing it because I’m an airhead and need an easy reference manual — what better than my blog.)

Ahem.

Fun Grammar Fact #1

You DO NOT capitalize most school class names.  (Did that even make sense?  I’m jacked up on caffeine.)

WRONG I have Social Studies at the end of the day.

RIGHT I have social studies at the end of the day.

When to capitalize School Subjects:
· When it is a Language course (French, Latin, Spanish)
· When it is a Specific course (History II, English 100)
· Words in a course that need to be capitalized (American history)
· NOT general courses (geography, science)

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Fun Grammar Fact #2
What the frigg is the difference between ITS and IT’S???

Merciful gods, I have a terrible time with this one.  I’ll type something into Word and think I have it right, only for Word’s little grammar feature to scream at me like a drill sergeant.  Geesh.

I found a great site here http://garyes.stormloader.com/its.html Fabulous that it was the first to pop-up when I typed “its vs it’s” into the toolbar.  And yes, it IS this simple.

What he sez… is fabulous.  Go look.

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Last but not least…

Fun Grammar Fact #3

Hyphens.  Ugh.

Apparently, I use A LOT of phrases in my writings that require HYPHENS.  This isn’t necessarily a bad thing, but it sure can look funny when half the words on the page are hyphenated.

Some examples from my novella, Cause & Effect…

He’d bought the 65-year-old Cape Cod with his meager construction earnings as a scared 20-year-old with a new wife.  (These hyphens are proper grammar – #-year-old is always hyphenated)

What he did notice were the barely-there lines at his wife’s eyes…

He slathered another glob of plaster over the fist-sized hole in the wall…

Alison was running circles around the fan-shaped water…

…in her black-and-white, polka-dot bikini…

Friend and Fellow author Ed McNally told me an easy way to decide if you need a hyphen is – can you insert an “and” between the words?  Polka and dot bikini?  Erm, No.  Thus, polka-dot.  fan and shaped water?  Uh-uh.  Fan-shaped.

Of course, this isn’t a hard-and-fast rule because unfortunately there are no hard-and-fast rules in hyphenation.  See what I just did there?  Compound phrases sometimes require hyphens.

Kill me now.

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Visit the Grammar Goddess Pj Jones at her blog

Also, check out my grammar queen Grammar Girl at her website

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In other fictional news…

A fabulous post on the rise of Novellas in the epublishing world by Tim C Taylor over at Mike Cooley’s blog.

A hilarious piece on Why Vampires Will Always Be Popular by parody princess, Pj Jones at Curiosity Quills.

The Indie Eclective’s Halloween Collection is at #47 overall in the Amazon Kindle Free Store, and #1 in Anthologies!

New releases from author Penelope Crowe — Absorbed and 100 Unfortunate Days.  I was lucky enough to be the formatter for Penelope.  Her tales are dark, raw, and MUST-READs.

And finally, a NEW RELEASE from my best pal and fellow Keep Louisville Writing author

JACK WALLEN!

The City of Lights is crawling with the undead who care nothing for love or wine and are hell-bent on getting the one thing they want – your brains. The living have only one hope – Bethany Nitshimi who carries with her an encrypted file containing the key to the cure. Unfortunately Bethany is battling the undead, the apocalypse, and a group who will stop at nothing to keep her from curing the plague.

My Zombie My picks up where I Zombie I left off and heads into Paris. Bethany’s gang of heroes has picked up a few more strays and mankind is getting dangerously close to the end. As Bethany battles the zombie horde she must crack the file, get the cure, and save the human race, before we are just meat for the beasts.

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