Grammar Check: I Vs. Me

My sister and I always have a writing session together at least once a week at our local bookstore. Usually, while we’re there, one of us asks the other a grammar question.

Sometimes we can figure out the answer, sometimes we can’t. Sometimes we look it up on our phones, other times we’re too lazy and just write down whatever. We know what we mean. We can look it up later.

Though there are some people who love to argue over grammar issue with my sister and me.

Grammer Check: I Vs. Me

I

Use “I” when you’re referring to yourself before the verb in the sentence.

Example:
John and I ran three miles this morning. (The subject is before the verb “ran”)

Me

Use “me” when you’re referring to yourself after the verb in the sentence.

Example:
Andrew ran three miles this morning with John and me. (The subject is after the verb “ran”)

Tip

Think of “I before E except after C.” It has nothing to do with this, but it’s an easy phrase to remember. Also remember that not only does I come before E, but it also comes before the verb. Maybe that will help, maybe it won’t.

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Grammar Check: Affect Vs. Effect

Affect and Effect are twins. Sometimes you can tell them apart, but other days it’s difficult.

I hope this post will have a lasting effect on you. (See what I did there?)

Affect

Affect is a verb. You use it to influence something. It can be used in the act of changing something.

Examples:

The book affected me to do something inspirational. (The book influenced me to do something.)
His words affected me so much that I would do something I’d regret. (He influenced me to do something.)

Effect

Effect is a noun. You use it when you’re talking about the change itself or the result of something.

Examples:

The drug has many side effects. (Taking the medicine can result in other symptoms.)
The remix of the song had a higher effect as the original version. (Listening to the remix song resulted in better buys.)

I hope this post affected you to make better grammatic choices. (Okay, I’ll stop now.)

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Grammar Check: Who Vs. Whom

Who

–Used when speaking about “he” or “she.”

Example:
1. He said he would do it. (Who will do it?)
2. She found the remote. (Who found the remote?)

Whom

–Used when speaking about “him” or “her.”

Example:
1. I told her to vacuum the living room. (Whom did you tell to vacuum the living room?)
2. Should I tell him? (Whom should I tell?)

“Who” and “whom” was always something I got confused with. I don’t think I’ve never used the word “whom” in my life because of it. Everything was “who” for me because I deemed that to be the right way all the time.

Of course now I have no excuses not to use these words the right way. And neither do you.

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Grammar Check: A Vs. An
Grammar Check: All Ready Vs. Already

Grammar Check: “A” Vs. “An”

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A

–Used before a consonant

Example:
1. A dog
2. A lucky man

An

–Used before a vowel

Example:
1. An animal
2. An elephant

However…

–When a word beginning with a silent “h,” use an.

Example:
1. An hour
2. An honest man

–When “u” makes a y-sound or “o” makes a w-sound, use a.

Example:
1. A unicorn
2. A once-in-a-lifetime opportunity 

Pay attention to the sound and you’ll be good to go.

Grammar Check: All Ready Vs. Already

GC All Ready and Already

All ready:

Definition…

Something that is completely ready or prepared.

Example…

I am all ready to go on vacation!

Already:

Definition…

Before a specified time.

Example…

I already packed for vacation.

Which one should you use?

The word “ready” can replace “all ready” in a sentence and still make sense. While writing, substitute the word “ready” and if it makes sense, you can use “all ready.” If it doesn’t make sense, use “already.”

Example…

I am ready to go on vacation!
(Makes sense: I am all ready to go on vacation!)

ready packed for vacation.
(Does not make sense: I already packed for vacation.)

Figuring out the differences between “all ready” and “already” are a lot easier than they seem.

Jokes For Writers

I don’t know what made me think of this, but a while ago I was on Pinterest looking at some writing things. I found a couple of “jokes.”

They’re not necessarily funny, but they’re clever. Of course I laughed really hard at both of them.

Whenever I tell these jokes to people they laugh because I’m laughing so hard that they probably pity me for being such a dope.

Maybe you guys will appreciate the jokes, though. I found both of them on Pinterest, so I don’t know who originally posted them. But they’re funny all the same.

Dig

It actually took me a couple of minutes to actually get this one. I had to read it a couple of times before I finally understood it. I was never very good at telling and listening to jokes, so… Don’t judge me.

Tense

I found this one absolutely hilarious. Unlike the other one, I actually understood it right away.

If you guys have any other jokes like that, let me know. I enjoy them.

But maybe that’s just me.

Grammar Check: Lay vs. Lie

GC Lay and Lie

English is a pesky language with words such as there, they’re, and their, it’s and its, and a lot of other words that sound the same, are spelled differently, and have different meanings.

I’m sure most of this is easy stuff to you, but as I’ve been writing my Camp NaNo novel, Hunter, I noticed a lot of those green squiggly lines. Well… Not a lot, but more than I would like.

I also noticed that most of those lines came from two little words: lay and lie.

I type fast and therefore make a lot of typos. I don’t think these were typos. I think I wasn’t unsure of which one to put because I had to get the rest of the sentence down so I picked one at random; and most of the time it was the wrong word.

Lay

Lay means to put something down. Yet, there are different forms of the word for each tense, like so:

Present tense: Rachel lays down her laptop on her desk.
Past tense: Rachel laid down her laptop on her desk.

So, lay and laid means to put something, an object, down. It sounds simple enough.

Lie

Lie means to rest, as in you are resting.

Present tense: Rachel lies down on the couch turning on the TV.
Past tense: Rachel lay down on the couch turning on the TV.

So, lie and lay means to rest.

Did any of you catch that?

Lay has two different meanings.

You know, we have 26 letters in the alphabet and virtually no limit to how many letters get put into a word. There are so many word possibilities, yet we still choose to reuse the same ones and give them different meanings. I don’t get it.

I just got my Bachelors degree in English Studies and I just learned this. (I would like to give a shout out to Google… Thanks, Google!)

The definitions and tenses aren’t really that hard to remember or figure out, but I needed to point it out anyway. I didn’t realize I was using the same word for a completely different meaning.

English sure is a funny language.