Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–Semi-colon

A semi-colon is used as a way to separate the two independent clauses more than just a comma and coordinating conjunction.  A semi-colon has a firmer break in the thoughts.  A comma and coordinating conjunction is like a California stop (or a rolling stop) at a stop sign, and the semi-colon is like a full … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–Semi-colon

Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–coordinating conjunction

Our new grammatical issue to look at, for the next five weeks or so, is the comma splice. Are you ready? This one has been the bane of my existence since my early college years. My prof would go through and take red marker to ALL my comma splices, and let me tell you, that … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA SPLICE–coordinating conjunction

Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–sequence of events/lists

Welcome! Guess what?! This is the last week on commas! Oh my! Unless someone really doesn't understand one of the rules or I feel there needs to be a reprise. We're done! (Yes, why I do believe I overused my exclamation quota for the day.) Sequences of events and lists are very similar in nature. … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–sequence of events/lists

Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–direct salutation

Direct salutations occur mainly in dialogue when one character is calling another by a specific name. Now, this can be the name of the character or a nickname. Either way, it is considered a direct salutation. I will also tag on identifying characters in this. The commas go on either side of the name. When … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–direct salutation

Grammar Wednesday: Comma–parenthetical phrase

A parenthetical is easy. If it could go into parenthesis, a.k.a if it makes not difference to the meaning behind the sentence, but you still want it there, then it is a parenthetical phrase. EXAMPLE: 1. Bobby went out to the bar, which he did a lot, and had so many beers he couldn't drive … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: Comma–parenthetical phrase

Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–participle phrase

Participle phrases can be a bit tricky. Basically, if you have a sentence with an "ing" word in it, you need to pay attention to what's going on! A participle is a verb that acts and pretends to be an adjective. It modifies the noun. So, now that I've probably confused you with the lingo, … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–participle phrase

Writing brings people together…

Yesterday, I spent the day at the Dallas Sci-fi Expo/Comic con. It was an amazing experience. I met actors from my favorite TV shows, friends from twitter, and hung out with general geeks like me! Aside from the general grandeur, what amazed me the most was how writing brings people together. I went with a … Continue reading Writing brings people together…

Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–compound sentence

A compound sentence is made of two independent clauses. That means, in the basics, each part of the sentence can stand alone as a sentence itself.  My FAVORITE example for this is from Katy Perry. "I kissed a girl, and I liked it." "I kissed a girl." and "I liked it." can both stand alone … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–compound sentence

Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–dialogue tag

To start off my "Grammar Wednesday," I figured I would start with commas.  They seem to be one of the biggest issues with the aspiring authors and current writers that I beta and edit for.  Now, there are five or six basic rules for commas.  I'm going to do one a week. THIS WEEK: dialogue … Continue reading Grammar Wednesday: COMMA–dialogue tag