I know the title of this blog is a big mouthful. If you missed a previous post on Grammar, simply click on the purple crossed-out title in the list below to see that post.
Within Grammar here are the most common issues I had in my story:
Missing Articles .
Redundant preposition .
Confused preposition .
4. Object instead of a subject pronoun
5. Adjective instead of an adverb
6. Wrong article with set expression
7. Incorrect use of progressive tense
8. Incorrect noun form
Object instead of a subject pronoun. I guess I should start by explaining what this is. A subject personal pronoun such as; she, he, you, we, it, I and they. They are the subject of the sentence, clause subject or subject complement. The object(direct, indirect or the object of a preposition) of a sentence is; her, him, us, it, them, you and me. I think it’s easier to understand through examples. I think they are easy to spot and these are the ones that are often used in writing as ways a mother or teacher ‘nags’ a child.
Incorrect Tony and me will attend the wedding.
Correct Tony and I will attend the wedding.
Incorrect The rule says that them are to be collected.
Correct The rule says that they are to be collected.
I only had one of these to use as an example from Prophecy Ink.
Here is where I always say to use a grammar program with caution. The grammar isn’t the issue here. it’s punctuation.
I would rewrite this sentence even though wondered is a ‘filter word’. If I allowed myself to keep this sentence it would look like this now:
Fresh guilt bubbled over as I wondered why me.
Without the filter, word wondered or wonder, which is overused in writing.
The words ‘why me’ repeated in my mind as fresh guilt bubbled over inside me.
When read aloud these are clear to see. Still, sometimes I mix them up, probably because I don’t have anyone nagging me about I versus me.
My advice about object instead of a subject pronoun:
It really is a mouthful for a tiny error. Look carefully before fixing it to make sure the sentence still makes sense. Don’t forget to watch out for those pesky filter words.
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