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Offline Daphne Reading Wanted by Tim Arnot
24 Aug 2014, 04:21 PM | Post: #1

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Grammar blind spots?

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Affect or effect? Passed or past? Lying or laying? I have to think about these every single time. I just resorted to emailing my lovely editor to ask if my character should be lying or laying on the floor. I could almost hear her sighing all the way from America as she patiently explained the basics to me yet again. Anything that confuses you every time?
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RE: Grammar blind spots?

Troop or troupe. Which is which I can never remember.
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(24 Aug 2014 05:24 PM)LexiRevellian Wrote: Wrote:  Troop or troupe. Which is which I can never remember.
...Hurries off to look up troupe.... Ah!

I also have trouble with discrete and discreet.
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(24 Aug 2014 04:21 PM)Daphne Wrote:  Anything that confuses you every time?
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24 Aug 2014, 08:54 PM | Post: #5

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

I agree that discreet and discrete are nasty traps. But I think it is worse that when I'm tired, I can confuse words  like shot & shut Blush
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Whilst and while for me :/
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RE: Grammar blind spots?

Discreet/discrete definitely - I have one of those on my opening line. And guess what?

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RE: Grammar blind spots?

Of course, all the odd/strange words in my typescript are all the result of Autocorrect mangling thing sup.

Oh' that's another thing I do lots - get the space in just before the las tletter.
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RE: Grammar blind spots?

Compliment and complement. Round and around. He peered around the corner or he peered round the corner?

I will often type the wrong word, even though I know the right/write one. Their and there are a particular hazard.

Also, he peaked  at the pique above him, his interest peeked. Big Grin
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(25 Aug 2014 06:36 AM)lyndawrites Wrote: Wrote:   

Also, he peaked  at the pique above him, his interest peeked. Big Grin
Love that! 

I also have trouble with practice/practise and inquiry/enquiry.

On the typing front, I always type form instead of from - probably because the o is on a stronger hand than the r, so I always get there first. When I finish writing any document, I have to search "form" and correct it to "from"
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