Grammar Bit #14.


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Can you spot the problem here? That’s right! Compliment is used incorrectly. The correct word to use in this instance is complement.

COMPLIMENT: an expression of praise, commendation, or admiration.

COMPLEMENT: something that completes or makes perfect.


If you use compliment, the story goes a little like this:

Cheese: Hey, Soup. You’re, uh… you’re looking very nice today. You taste great, too.

Soup: Why, Cheese, I’m flattered! Thank you!


If you use complement, the story goes like this:

The savory, salty cheese works well with the sweetness of the soup, creating a balance.


Unless you’ve got a bunch of magical, chattering foods, your cheese should never be complimenting your soup. Now I hope you’ll all remember this little cheese story before you decide which form to use.

REMEMBER: Just because they sound the same doesn’t mean they have the same definitions!

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It’s “I feel nauseated.”
“I feel nauseous.”
If you didn’t, now you know!
Nauseous : Causing nausea; sickening.

Nauseated : To be feeling, or having been caused to feel nausea.

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Grammar Bit #13.


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When do you use them?
When a comma just isn’t good enough!
Typically a semicolon is used for a discontinuity or pause.
It sits between two independent clauses (sentences that can stand on their own),
without the use of a conjunction (and, but, or).
EX. I have a date tonight; I cannot run errands.
The semicolon brings together two independent clauses that are related.
If you want to learn the fun way, check THIS out!

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Grammar Bit #12.


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It’s vs. Its?
It’s = It is.
EX. It’s raining outside.
Meaning, It is raining outside.
Its (with no apostrophe) = possession.
EX. I love its cover.
I judge a book by its cover.
Meaning, I love the cover, which belongs to a book.
I judge a book by the cover that belongs to it.

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Grammar Bit #11.


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Then refers to time.
Than refers to a difference in comparison.
It snowed during lunch, then stopped.
I was in better shape then.?
Brittany cut in front of me, then Michelle, and then Tina.
I would rather walk than run.
She had nothing to do other than study.
Rather than wait for the bus, I took my car to work.
He is younger than me.

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COMING SOON! & Happy Holidays!


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I hope everyone travels safely and has lots of fun with their families and friends!
Make sure to eat lots of cookies, have some hot cocoa, and keep warm!
In other news, keep a look out for my upcoming review of Rebecca Maizel’s Infinite Days. ?
And also, another Grammar Bit!

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Grammar Bit #10.


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Words that sound the same but differ in meaning.
Common errors:
Except vs. Accept
They’re vs. Their
You’re vs. Your
Effect vs. Affect
Too vs. To

* Except is to exclude. (Everyone was invited to the party except me.)
   Accept is to agree, receive, consent. (I accept the terms and conditions.)

* They’re = They are. (They’re going to the movies.)
   Their = possession/ownership. They own. (That is their DVD.)

* You’re = You are. (You’re going to be late.)
   Your = possession/ownership. You own. (Where are your books?)

* Effect is a noun. (The special effects looked really cool.)
   Affect is a verb. (Losing my wallet affected my good mood.)

* Too is to also. (I like reading books, too.)
   To expresses motion or direction. (I am going to the library.)

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Grammar Bit #9.


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* They introduce prepositional phrases and show relationships between nouns and pronouns.
** Here is a list of prepositions.
It is, at times, okay to end a sentence with a preposition.
EX. What did she sit on?
It is okay to end the sentence with the preposition “on” because without it the sentence does not make sense. You could not say What did she sit?
If the sentence does not change when the preposition is removed, it is better to remove it.
EX. That’s where she’s at.
If you pull apart the contraction “she’s” you get “she is,” which can sufficiently end the sentence. “At” is unnecessary.
EX (without preposition). That’s where she is.
Prepositions can also be unnecessary within a sentence.
EX. He was pushed off of the edge.
The preposition “of” in the above example is unnecessary.  When it is removed, the sentence still makes sense.
EX (without preposition). He was pushed off the edge.

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Grammar Bit #8.


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Write out single-digit numbers.
EX. One, two, three, four, five, six, seven, eight, nine.

For 10+, use numerals.
EX. 10, 11, 12, 13…

Don’t mix and match!
Incorrect: I have five socks and 20 shoes.
Correct: I have five socks and twenty shoes.

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Grammar Bit #7.


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Quotation Marks.?
Always put a comma or period inside quotation marks, even for single quotes.
EX. The paper said “Do this,” but the teacher said, “Do that.”
If a question is inside quotation marks, then a question mark goes inside the quotation marks.
EX. He questioned, “Does she know my name?”
If the question is not within the quote, then the question mark goes outside the quotation marks.
EX. Do you believe in “love at first sight”?
If a quote has a quote within it, use single quotation marks.
EX. She exclaimed, “But Betty said, ‘I hate you!’”

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