Grammar Giggle – You’re Supporting What?

A friend sent this to me. While I understand what they were TRYING to say, the way it is worded says the exact opposite. This is why it is important to review your writing or have someone else do it to make sure you’re saying what you want to say.

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Confusing Words Of The Week

It’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • everyday – ordinary
    • She was wearing her everyday shoes.
  • every day – each day
    • She spent every day wishing she could wear heels.

Memory tips:

  • everyday – it is a single word, so kind of an ordinary word
  • every day – remember this as every SINGLE day, so it has to have a space between it.

For more information on these words, there is a blog post about it at http://proofthatblog.com/2014/03/13/we-appreciate-proofreading-tips-each-and-everyday/

Grammar Giggle Week – Where Does These Go?

This was in a Google Alert for information on clients at work and the headline caught my eye . . . and immediately gave me a headache.

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Grammar Giggle Week – May 5018

I was researching some law firm awards recently and came upon this one. These people will be waiting a very long time for publication of their 2018 awards.

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Grammar Giggle Week – Day 1

Since I will be getting ready for and attending my NALS Conference here in the Phoenix area, this will be Grammar Giggle week! Today’s Grammar Giggle is from my local news station. Since I didn’t care enough about this story to wait for it, I’m not positive that the first word is supposed to be “Is,” but it doesn’t make any sense the way it is here.

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Grammar Giggle – It’s

This is a very common error I see. The apostrophe here is for a contraction. It’s is a contraction for “It is.” But that doesn’t fit in the restaurant’s advertisement. “Its” is the possessive form of the pronoun “it.”

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Confusing Words of the Week

Words of the WeekIt’s time for “Confusing Words of the Week” where I take a set of two or three words that get confused and give you definitions and try to give you a memory trick to help you remember when to use which word. If you have words that confuse you, use the Ask PTB tab on the website or send an email to proofthatblog@gmail.com and they may appear here soon!

This week’s words are:

  • trial – examination; experiment; hardship
    • They were busy getting ready for the trial.
  • trail – a path
    • She took the trail up to the to top of the hill.

Memory tips:

This is a pair of words that I think is more misspelled than used incorrectly. But it is something that needs to be checked before the document is finalized.

  • trial – I am in trial
  • trail – adventure is at the end of the trail