Grammar with Beth: Mainly Modifiers

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Modifiers change or add to the meaning of another word. Let's be real: Modifiers are one of the messier aspects of writing.

Grammar with Beth: All About Pronouns

Pronouns are everywhere. Sometimes they're overused. Sometimes they're misused. And sometimes they're just plain confusing. We talked briefly about pronouns in the basics post, but today we're dedicating an entire post just to them. Before we get into more detail, I encourage you to look back at that first post. The definitions of pronouns, along … Continue reading Grammar with Beth: All About Pronouns

Grammar with Beth: Sentence Types

Happy April! Can you believe it? In just six months, we've made it through the basics of grammatical terms! Today we're doing a bit more terminology and starting to discuss rules. Moving forward, we'll go back through grammar terms, going more in-depth and learning rules related to them. Our focus today is on the essential, … Continue reading Grammar with Beth: Sentence Types

Grammar with Beth: Phrases and Clauses

Ah, the sweet wonder of winter! The whimsical clouds filling the sky, the temperatures cold enough for sweaters, the steam rising from mugs of tea, the snow blanketing someone else's yard. I only pretend to boast about the snow-free winters where I live; in reality, I envy you all who experience the mysterious phenomenon called … Continue reading Grammar with Beth: Phrases and Clauses

Grammar with Beth: Objects and Complements

Finally, it's February! Am I the only one who felt like January was a year in and of itself? It certainly feels like it's been 2019 for a long time. Today we continue our foray into parts of sentences, which we began last month in an introduction to subjects and predicates. As a simple review: … Continue reading Grammar with Beth: Objects and Complements

Grammar with Beth: Subjects and Predicates

Today, we begin putting the parts of speech together and looking at parts of a sentence. I give you: Subjects and predicates

The Basics: Conjunctions and Interjections

Sometimes, people don't live up to our expectations. I feel like I’m in that camp right now. NaNo was incredible—I didn’t win, but I wrote more than 30,000 words, wrote 6 days a week for a month, and almost completely edited a short story. I learned I can do much more than I think, but … Continue reading The Basics: Conjunctions and Interjections

The Basics: Verbs, Adverbs, and Prepositions

I would do a clever opening, but NanoWrimo just started, so I'll cut right to the chase for all our sake. General Disclaimer: While I love grammar, I'm also new at learning it. I will do my best to explain things correctly. If you find that I've misunderstood or misrepresented something, please share that in … Continue reading The Basics: Verbs, Adverbs, and Prepositions

The Basics: Nouns, Articles, and Pronouns

Happy October 1st! It's the time of pumpkins, tea, sweaters, and fun--all of which are, coincidentally, nouns. That's right, folks, today we're starting at the very beginning.  Before we can get to the really fun parts of grammar, first we have to make sure we're all using the same language. For the first couple posts, … Continue reading The Basics: Nouns, Articles, and Pronouns

Introducing: Grammar with Beth

Grammar.  Ugh.  Gross.

That's the attitude I used to have, and the attitude most people of my acquaintance still have, toward grammar.

I grew up prejudiced against this subject, indoctrinated to view it as a convoluted conglomeration of stupid rules and pointless terms meant to box me in.  Like any good American, the refrain of my writer's heart was, "Don't fence me in."

I never learned grammar in school, a truth which I blame on my attitude more than on my teachers.  I did just enough to get by, but as soon as the test was over I wiped it from my head.  "I don't need to know the terms," I used to protest.  "I have a strong practical understanding of grammar because of how much I read and write, and that's more important."

Yeah, I was wrong.