5-minute grammar lesson, anyone?


I take solace in the fact that it is impossible to know absolutely everything about our trade, whatever that trade may be. And no matter how much we learn, there is always room for improvement and more information to be acquired.

As writers, language is our main tool but I’ll be the first to admit that my English grammar is not perfect. I do break grammar rules and I like to think it’s on purpose but most of the time, it’s due to ignorance.
Often when I learn something new, either one of two things happen: 1) I’m absolutely fascinated or marvel at this new piece of intelligence or 2) I berate myself for not having known that piece of information.
Cue Microsoft Word, who you can always rely on to point out the mistakes you make and to make you beat yourself up afterwards.
While working on a project recently I was beginning to get annoyed as my Word document kept underlying the word womens’. Surely Word has lost its marbles, I thought. So I did a check.
Nope, I was the one who was wrong.
See, the word ‘women’ is already in the plural form so there’s no need for the apostrophe after the ‘s’. The possessive will therefore take a singular form eg. Women’s rights, children’s toys.

See, even professional signwriters get it wrong. Image: My own.

See, even professional signwriters get it wrong.
Image: My own.

Well, boy howdy. What d’yer know? All this time I was writing the apostrophe after the ‘s’. Embarrassing but I learnt something huge there. And I probably have a lot more to learn.

So, how good is your grammar? And be honest. Was there any grammar rule that eluded you but made you want to crawl into a hole in the ground when you finally learnt it?

NM 🙂

Spell-check please!


So how’s your spelling? Is it pretty sound or is your Oxford Dictionary falling to pieces?

Well I’m happy to admit that spelling is not my Achilles Heel. I think I’m pretty good at it or at least I can say I don’t break a sweat over it.
However as I spend more and more time writing, I noticed that two particular words make me stumble over and over again. No matter how many times I use them, I can never spell them right the first time around. Now these are not ‘big’, scientific terms I’m talking about here. These are common words people use every day.

The word “unfortunately” (thank you Spell-check!) is my official enemy word. A simple word I can never get right. I always seem to misplace the ‘a’ and ‘e’ for some reason.

“Definitely” is another nemesis of mine. My version of the word tends to have more or less ‘i’s’ than it’s suppose to.
I don’t ever have a problem spelling big words like ‘irascible’ or ‘bourgeoisie’ but yet when I type ‘unfortunately’ or ‘definitely’, I’m greeted by that horrible red line that Microsoft Word imposes on us when we misspell a word.

So what’s your enemy word? Surely I can’t be the only one who has problems with specific terms. I know some people have issues with double‘s’ words like ‘necessary’. So come on, tell me your word weakness and make me feel better… 😉