Questions?

Thank you soooo much for viewing my blog! I like to thank my viewers for answering any grammar questions they may have. Please feel free to ask any questions. I will be sure to answer them promptly. Also, I’d any suggestions for future posts that you may have. I do have a whole list of topics that I want to address, but maybe you have something that I haven’t thought of. (<<Like ending a sentence with a preposition.)

Previously Answered Questions:

Affect v. Effect

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18 Responses to “Questions?”

  1. J.Winters 17 June 2012 at 9:31 pm #

    Nice blog. I should hire you to edit my blog. Wait a minute. I don’t get paid. Besides, maybe my crude uneducated style draws people to my blog.

    Well, maybe not.

    Northing wrong (in my mind) with ending sentences with prepositions in informal writing. Big mistake in a Supreme Court pleading. 🙂

    • BernBabyBern 21 June 2012 at 10:09 am #

      You wouldn’t have to pay me, I would do it for free! I just love editing way too much 🙂

  2. Méloë 18 June 2012 at 2:38 pm #

    Hi,
    Could you please write a note on how to use this/that and these/those? English is not my mother tongue and I never know which one to choose between both.
    Your blog helps a lot and I am really eager to read more of your post to try and improve my English.

    • BernBabyBern 18 June 2012 at 2:57 pm #

      This and these are used to describe items that are closeby. so if you’re standing right next to an item or items you could say “i like this lamp” or “i like these lamps.” That and those are to describe items that are farther away. like across the room or even across the country. this and that are fo singular items and these and those are for multiple items. does this make sense?

      • Méloë 20 June 2012 at 5:47 am #

        OK. Thanks.
        And what about abstract things? Do you say, “I already told you this”? or “I already told you that?”
        And if it is something not mentioned before: is it “I’ll explain this later” or “I’ll explain that later.” ?

      • BernBabyBern 20 June 2012 at 8:49 am #

        Most often people will say “I already told you that”. There is nothing wrong though with saying “I already told you this”. If something is not mentioned before people say “I’ll explain it later.” I don’t know which language is your native language, but I do understand that many languages don’t have an it.

  3. christineevelynvance 21 June 2012 at 10:39 am #

    I often hear attribute and contribute switched. I.e., “I’m contributing my success to my great command of English.” In writing the to, too, twos definitely get people bogged down. And I get lost in whether the period should come after or before the brackets (should I chance to use them).

  4. JOnKEnna 23 June 2012 at 5:49 pm #

    Love the blog. Can you clear something up for me? I thought I understood the rule for apostrophes but I keep seeing things like James’ (where James is singular) when I thought it had to be James’s. I even saw this in James Joyce’s Ulysses this week! I mean, James Joyce can’t be wrong can he?! (Hey get me! reading Ulysses eh?! Don’t worry, I’m sure I’ll struggle with it as much as the next man.)

    • BernBabyBern 23 June 2012 at 7:09 pm #

      First off, great choice in stories to read! Ok so with the apostrophes, you make the singular possessive by adding an ‘s for whatever is the final consonant. So that would mean that the possessive of James is James’s. However, this does not apply for ancient names—don’t ask why. I don’t fully understand but that’s the rule. So, that would mean that the possessive of Jesus is Jesus’ or Moses is Moses’. Hope this helped 🙂

      • JOnKEnna 23 June 2012 at 7:25 pm #

        Great fast reply, thanks for that! Yeah I decided to give Ulysses a go at last. It’s meant to be the most difficult book to read ever! I read ‘A Portrait Of The Artist As A Young Man’ and completely loved it. Thanks so much for clearing up the grammar question; I’ve puzzled over that for ages. Glad to hear that I wasn’t completely wrong about it. Will come back to your blog because it’s great!

      • BernBabyBern 23 June 2012 at 8:06 pm #

        That’s awesome thanks! From what I can tell from your blog, you are in England. I’m writing American English. The two differ so I hope you don’t get caught up

  5. JOnKEnna 23 June 2012 at 8:57 pm #

    Yes I live in England. I know this because, as I write, I can hear rain hitting the window and it’s mid-Summer!! There are some differences between English and American English I think. Or maybe it’s just a colourful (colorful) rumour (rumor).

  6. Méloë 24 June 2012 at 6:07 am #

    Ok, thank you 🙂

  7. universepie 25 June 2012 at 9:53 pm #

    I absolutely love your blog! 🙂

  8. Fabulous Fur Friends 27 June 2012 at 1:15 am #

    Hi, I saw you wrote a piece about effect and affect the other day and I can’t find it…. my boss just asked what’s the difference and I couldn’t remember which was the verb and which was the noun – despite your neat trick for it… can you please direct me in the right area?
    Also, another thing that drives me nuts is when people use ‘less’ instead of ‘fewer’…..any plans for that one?? Thanks!

  9. jasonexplorer 28 June 2012 at 6:11 pm #

    Hi there. So I have a word usage question. Would you say “habitable planet” or “inhabitable planet”? I think either, right? Thanks!

  10. navythedogtube 18 October 2012 at 8:42 am #

    Hello there, I’m an editor by trade so I don’t have any grammar questions. I do, however, love the blog. A bothersome mistakes that I see on a daily basis from professional writers: That and which. No one seems to get that one right. Also, very few writers actually seem to understand hyphenation rules for compound adjectives. OH, and using ‘over’ in a quantifiable context rather than a positional context (any time I see ‘over’ the writers almost always actually mean ‘more than’).

    Anyway, the reason I’m writing is because you followed my blog a long while ago and I thought I had followed yours, I just today noticed I hadn’t and I’ve since rectified the issue. I was reading over your blog just now and was wondering how you’ve, in such a short time, garnered so many followers, award nominations and hits that likely go along with it. Did you have another blog that was highly read before you started this one? Is it an SEO thing? Are you uber active on social media (something I will never be)? Forgive my ignorance, and thanks.

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