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Offline sujay Reading The Glass Guardian by Linda Gillard
25 Aug 2014, 07:23 AM | Post: #11

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

You are all making me feel so much better. It's so nice to know that professional word-smiths make the same mistakes as their readers! Big Grin
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25 Aug 2014, 07:58 AM | Post: #12

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

My verbal worst one is sliver/slither
I know that snakes slither over a sliver of grass, but when I go to say sliver the "th" comes out of my mouth even as I slow my speech down to make sure I say it correctly. Which means I say slivther Big GrinBig GrinBig Grin
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25 Aug 2014, 09:03 AM | Post: #13

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

It always used to be "lead/led" with me. I've improved a huge amount over the last year in my own writing, fortunately!
Offline LexiRevellian Reading A book which I have forgotten to add here
25 Aug 2014, 09:30 AM | Post: #14

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

While and whilst is easy - no one has said whilst since Enid Blyton died Big Grin

Practise and practice - remember there is a verb, is, in practise, so that's the verb, and a noun, ice, in practice, so that's the noun.

All the others I have to think about or look up.
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RE: Grammar blind spots?

May/might gets me.
Also peak/peek, sang/sung.
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25 Aug 2014, 11:56 AM | Post: #16

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

I'm not too bad on the noun vs. verb ones, but complementary/complimentary stops me in my tracks every time.

As an aside, my partner was saying last night that even though people putting an 's' on 'you' for plural grinds on his nerves, he can't deny the logic. What do ewes think?
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25 Aug 2014, 12:33 PM | Post: #17

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

(25 Aug 2014 09:30 AM)LexiRevellian Wrote: Wrote:  While and whilst is easy - no one has said whilst since Enid Blyton died Big Grin

Practise and practice - remember there is a verb, is, in practise, so that's the verb, and a noun, ice, in practice, so that's the noun.

All the others I have to think about or look up.
Ha ha! I seem to have a bad habit of writing it all the time. My editor must of changed at least ten of them Tongue
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25 Aug 2014, 07:55 PM | Post: #18

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

(25 Aug 2014 09:30 AM)LexiRevellian Wrote: Wrote:  While and whilst is easy - no one has said whilst since Enid Blyton died Big Grin

Practise and practice - remember there is a verb, is, in practise, so that's the verb, and a noun, ice, in practice, so that's the noun.

All the others I have to think about or look up.
Oh don't get me started. I have a list of these that should be getting shorter, but I seem to add a few more with each book.
Now I have a great way for remembering practise and practice though. Thanks, Lexi.
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25 Aug 2014, 08:18 PM | Post: #19

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

Run on sentences are my personal nemesis.
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26 Aug 2014, 06:59 AM | Post: #20

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

Most of these mentioned here I don't have a problem with. Even round and around used to be an issue until I posted the question here some time ago, the consensus was they're generally interchangeable apart from the obvious situations.

The one I'm starting to have a complex about is 'that' and 'which'. No matter how much I check usage and think it's straight in my mind,. whenever I write something like 'Johnny stole the car that was the brightest and biggest' I end up thinking how many cars there are and how many are bright and big, and how much easier it would be if Johnny wasn't so fussy and just 'stole a car'. And I've read best-sellers with examples that seems wrong to me.

Some of these things are plain wrong, but some due to over thinking - like the syndrome where if you stare at any word long enough you think it's not spelt properly because just doesn't look right..

Oh, and yes, I'm forever typing 'form' instead of 'from', but that's not me, it's just my dyslexic fingers.
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