Saturday, May 25, 2013

Now you know all the easy grammar rules, here are some hard ones for you

Try And. No, it’s try to. The trying is part of the action so therefore the verb needs to be an infinitive. (try to jump, to walk, etc)

Data is a plural word. So is dice. If you have just one little fact it’s a datum. One little cube with dots on it is a die.

Could care less. This means exactly what it says. You could care less about that person. You could care a whole lot less about them. If you don’t care about them at all, it’s could not care less.

Good and well are not interchangeable. Good is an adjective, but well is an adverb. An adjective modifies a noun but an adverb modifies a verb.
“John did good in the test” is wrong. He did well because did is a verb.
The pasta tastes good. This time good is correct because it describes the pasta and pasta is a noun.

Lay low versus lie low. To lay low is an action, to knock someone down. To lie low is to hide. Your villain might even lie low after being laid low by the hero.

Helen Woodall

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anny cook said...

Great! I'm going to print these out...

Helen Woodall: Freelance Editing said...

Have fun