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