Jun 9, 2010

Grammar: A Writer's Tools pt.1

5 ways to improve your grammar:

1-Become a slow reader, analyze as you read

2-Be aware of sentence construction

3-Notice the spelling of long words

4-Be aware of active and passive verb tenses

5-Avoid overuse of slang (unless in dialogue or thoughts)

Here I’ve compiled a list of…

Common Grammar mistakes:

Loose = ie; spare change, something coming away

Lose = ie; something lost

 Your: This word means belonging to you.


Correct: "Here's your coat."

Incorrect: "Here's you're coat."

You're: A contraction of the words "you are"


Correct: "You're not serious!"

Incorrect: "Your not serious!"

The words Affect and Effect:

Affect is a Verb.

Ex. "How does this affect that."

Effect is a Noun.

Ex. "How does the effect of this change that."

Notice that there's a 'The' in front of the word effect; you can identify it as a noun easily that way.

You use than to compare two things. For example:

"I'd rather use smooth peanut butter then chunky peanut butter."

You are comparing the two peanut butters by listing which one you'd rather use, therefore you use than.

You use then as an order of time. Example:

"If we can't get in through the front, then we'll try going through the back."

Towards and Toward:

Both toward and towards are technically correct, according to most English language stylebooks.

Blond (without the e ) is used to describe males. Blonde refers to women or female gender.
In modern use, blond is sometimes used for female as well as male, but blonde is preferred for female.



  1. I did not know that there was a gender difference between blond and blonde; I thought maybe blonde was British and blond was American. Interesting.

  2. I'm so glad you mentioned the difference between blond and blonde. I actually knew that one, probably from my French upbringing. Not many people know that rule.

    Nice job.

  3. good points! The you're one drives me nuts when I see it.

  4. I've seen some of these mistakes in published books. And yeah, the spelling of blond used to confuse me too. I didn't know it was derived from a french word ( I'm part French).

  5. Great post! Thank you for the info, this was very helpful!

  6. I'm giving you a blog award today - hope you enjoy it!

  7. Great list. Kudos on including the point about blond/blonde. You're the first person I've run across who has been aware of the difference!


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