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1:26 pm , May 16, 2012 0

I’ve been busy writing my own novel, and I’m at the point where I need an editor. Problem is, editors are so darn expensive. I would hate to think that someone would bypass an editor because of cost. Here are three things to note: 1. Rates may be negotiable. Most editors have standard pricing depending […]

4:30 pm , May 9, 2012 0
Posted in: Miscellaneous

I haven’t blogged in the past few weeks because I’ve been unhappy about the direction I’ve taken this blog. I didn’t intend for it to become solely a grammar blog because that’s really the job of other editors and Grammar Girl. While I like blogging some on grammar and usage, I think this blog has […]

5:21 pm , April 4, 2012 1
Posted in: Grammar Myths

Some people have a pet peeve for splitting infinitives while I have never seen a problem with it. First, just what are infinitives? Infinitives are a kind of verb that usually begin with “to,” e.g., “to run,” “to dine,” “to dance.” An example of a split infinitive would be a sentence like this: Harry wanted […]

1:29 pm , March 28, 2012 0
Posted in: Quotations

Writing is an act of faith, not a trick of grammar.  —E. B. White

9:03 pm , March 21, 2012 0
Posted in: Quotations

Arguments over grammar and style are often as fierce as those over IBM versus Mac, and as fruitless as Coke versus Pepsi and boxers versus briefs. —Jack Lynch 

10:54 am , March 14, 2012 0

I am a fan of the serial (Oxford) comma because it clearly distinguishes the difference between the first object, the second object, and the third object. I am not alone in my preference; Chicago and The Blue Book of Grammar and Punctuation strongly recommend use of the serial comma. The Associated Press and newspaper publications, such as The New York […]

10:14 am , March 7, 2012 0
Posted in: Grammar Myths

Two main kinds of conjunctions are subordinating and coordinating conjunctions. (Remember, conjunctions join words or groups of words.) Subordinating conjunctions join clauses of unequal standing and coordinating conjunctions join clauses of equal standing. Examples of subordinating conjunctions include after, although, because, before, if, since, unless, until, when, and while. The seven coordinating conjunctions can be remembered […]

10:05 am , February 29, 2012 0
Posted in: Quotations

I’m a big fan of editing and keeping only the interesting bits in. —Sarah Vowell

10:28 am , February 22, 2012 0
Posted in: Grammar & Style, Tips

After publishing my “affect” vs. “impact” post, I received a few comments from people who weren’t sure when to use affect or effect. (I purposely avoided this before because it’s a widespread topic.) For the most part, it can be easy to determine.  Affect often functions as a verb and effect generally is used as a noun. […]

10:26 am , February 15, 2012 1
Posted in: Grammar & Style

Grammar Girl recently wrote about this, but it’s something I’ve been running into with my work so I thought I’d address it too. The word impact has taken on the meaning of “to influence” in the way the verb affect often does. According to Grammar Girl, impact is often used this way in business jargon, […]