Sunday, June 13, 2010

Watch Your Grammar

I couldn't think of anything clever today for the title of my post, so, this is good enough. Says it all, I guess.

I went to Grammar Girl this morning, again and reviewed what I'd been looking at yesterday. Then, because I'd wanted to check this other site out, I clicked on:
http://sentencesleuth.com {hopefully this works, I went to Grammar Girl and clicked on her link there, if this doesn't work, go there}

This was a very good site too. Hosted by editor/writer, Bonnie Trenga, she has 401 sentences that she has debunked for us. She offers anyone with a sentence that is bugging them to send it to her. Looks like she'll allow people to vote on the sentence, whether or not they think it's okay, or there is a problem with grammar, or word usage error. It's interesting that many of these sentences come from published books! So, looks like I'm not the only one with dyslexia, or SES (sleepy-eye syndrome).

I found it informative, as well as some of the things there a bit funny. I'm always amazed that I actually can catch errors in grammar, spelling and such. What my problem is is mostly just being able to see them. I think it comes down to taking your pages out of context, for me, at least. I'm too used to seeing the words, hearing them, the story, I just get bleary eyed.

So, this morning, I was reading some pages out of the last chapter or just before that, and found this one. I'm inviting any of you who want to comment what you think is wrong with it. Here it is:

We were right on time for our dinner reservations for six, minus one.

I, of course knew what I meant, and taking the sentence and placing it here allows anyone to just look and see something is wrong with it.

You tell me--if you think there's anything wrong with it, and how you'd correct it, and I'll tell you what I did in my next post.

2 comments:

  1. I'm really liking the new look! I've been hearing good things about Grammar Girl's site though I haven't visited it myself. My fix: We had dinner reservations for six and we were right on time, minus one. Can't wait to see what you did!

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  2. Oh, Heather, Thanks. I've been so busy, I'd absolutely forgot about this.

    But your fix was great!

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