How to start the New Year: get serious about grammar!
The New Year has started off very well for me as I’ve been interviewed by Fault Magazine.
I’ve always admired their writing style and so it feel really wonderful to be on the same pages as celebrities such as Little Mix and Candice Accola, an actress who plays Caroline on The Vampire Diaries.
But, it seems that the work doesn’t stop there as am busy doing other press, am preparing a talk for an entire school in Ruislip, Essex in the UK and will soon be jetting off to the Caribbean to get in touch with some fans there.
However, I’ve realised that I’ve not touched base with all of you recently and so have taken a break to write this post.
I’m sure many of you have made resolutions for this year but how many of you have kept them?
Resolutions usually fall on deaf ears when it comes to me as I always break them.
WITHOUT A DOUBT!
So, this year, I’ve decided to take on something more manageable.
My editor is always going on about this so, I thought I would try it.
Well, what is it?
IMPROVING MY USE OF GRAMMAR
It’s so easy not to pay attention to grammar sometimes and we all do it, even if we like to think otherwise.
After all, we are only human.
So here are two funny mistakes that we can make, as English speakers:
One of the most common mistakes is the appropriate use of ‘its’ and ‘it’s’ as one implies ownership and the other does not. We usually use apostrophe‘s’ when we want to show ownership but in this case the apostrophe is to show that the letter ‘i’ from ‘is’ is missing. Therefore, ‘its’ is for possession and ‘it’s’ is to replace ‘it is’.
The other big problem us English speakers face is the use of ‘there’, ‘their’ and ‘they’re’. It’s surprising how many people get this wrong and how frustrating it can be for proofreaders. If we are referring to location we say ‘there’, when we are referring to the ownership of multiple people we say ‘their’ and if we are talking about multiple people, rather than saying ‘they are’ we can say ‘they’re’ and replace the ‘a’ with an apostrophe.
Do you have any others you would like to share?
Let me know as I love to hear from you.
All that talk about grammar… I now feel like this: