Grammar Tidbits: Those Words That Are Spelled the Same, Sound the Same…

As I’ve been writing lately, my fingers have been coming up with their own spellings of words that pass spellcheck but aren’t correct. And, voila, today’s post was born! What are the words called that are spelled the same but...

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Grammar-Tidbits: Proved vs Proven

Today is for those times when you’re not quite sure if you want to use ‘proved’ or ‘proven.’ Both prove and proven are formed from the verb prove. Here are the usage variations: Present tense: prove Simple past tense: proved Past participle: proved Irregular past participle: proven Correct...

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Memoir Writing: Interview with Shelley Armitage, Author of Walking the Llano

(This is an edited transcript from a live chat with Shelley Armitage at The Writer’s Chatroom on Jan 22, 2017.) Moderator Lisa Haselton (aka Lisa J Jackson): Welcome to The Writer’s Chatroom. Our mission is to present fun and educational chats for readers...

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Grammar Tidbits: Passed vs Past and Other Confusing Words

In my editing endeavors recently, I’ve encountered a lot of words that spellcheck doesn’t always catch and so it prompted me to share a few of them with you. Passed (verb) vs Past (preposition or adverb) The time has passed...

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Grammar Tidbits: Showing Possession with Words Ending in ‘S’

If a word already ends in an s, do you add another s to make it possessive? Or can you simply add an apostrophe? Let’s look into the case of plural possessives today. To start, know that you want to use an...

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Grammar Tidbits: ‘That’ vs ‘Which’

It’s a common trouble spot for a lot of people — creating a story or document and the words are flowing easily, but then the conundrum of ‘that’ or ‘which’ arises. Do you rewrite the sentence to avoid the confusion...

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