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

It’s been a while since I’ve done a grammar post. 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 sound different? How about the … Continue reading Grammar-ease: Those Words That Are Spelled the Same, Sound the Same…

Grammar-ease: Let’s Talk about Lets

I’ve seen a lot of lets and let’s and different technical pieces I’ve edited in the past couple of weeks, so I thought it would make a good grammar post. Let’s is the contraction for “let us” (introduces a suggestion or request); whereas lets  means to allow or permit (third-person singular — he/she/it lets). Let’s see some examples: … Continue reading Grammar-ease: Let’s Talk about Lets

Grammar-ease: 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 for you to submit the rebuttal. That event happened in the past. I passed by … Continue reading Grammar-ease: Passed vs Past and Other Confusing Words

Grammar-ease: 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 usage examples: He has proven his case. He proved his case. She proved he … Continue reading Grammar-ease: Proved vs Proven

Grammar-ease: 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 apostrophe to show that a thing or person belongs to or relates to someone or … Continue reading Grammar-ease: Showing Possession with Words Ending in ‘S’

Grammar-ease: When to Use ‘Nor’ or ‘Neither’

This post is inspired from a recent reader’s comment: when do you use ‘nor’ or ‘neither’ in a sentence? In using neither/nor construction, it’s important to keep the sentence parallel. An example: Incorrect: She will cook neither her apple pie nor do her laundry. [The part that follows “neither” is a noun (“her apple pie”), and the … Continue reading Grammar-ease: When to Use ‘Nor’ or ‘Neither’