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Verb Review #3: Two Kinds of Infinitive

The English infinitive is the basic form of the verb. It has two parts, the particle to and the present form of the verb. Here are some infinitives: to go to sing to walk to want to believe The infinitive is used with and without the particle to. Used with the to, it’s called “the…

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Between You and I vs. Between You and Me

An ad for a new movie about the Hebrew exodus from Egypt shows Christian Bale as Moses–a character who has received a privileged and educated upbringing–shouting the words, “Something’s coming that is far beyond you and I!” I noticed because beyond is a preposition and should be followed by the object form me, not the…

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Verb Review #2: Linking Verbs

Linking verbs, also called “copulative verbs,” “being verbs,” and “state of being verbs,” do not describe an action. This type of verb links a subject and the noun, pronoun or adjective that restates it or describes it. The verb most commonly used as a linking verb is the verb to be in its various forms….

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Verb Mistakes #2: Irregular Verbs Bind, Grind, Find

Most English strong verbs have become regularized over the years. Some are in transition, and a few seem to be with us for the foreseeable future. Note: The past and past participle forms of a “regular” verb end in -ed: walk, walked, (have) walked marry, married, (have) married Some English verbs exist with both regular…

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Verb Mistakes #1: Didn’t With Conditional

One type of conditional sentence refers to a situation in the past that might have happened, but didn’t. The speaker is speculating about what might have happened if things had been different. In this type of sentence, the verb in the “if clause” will be in the past perfect tense, and the main clause will…

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Verb Review #1 Run and Drink

Native English speakers frequently make mistakes with the irregular verbs run and drink, even in contexts that call for standard usage: Woman arrested on manslaughter charge; man was ran over by car he was fixing. – Albany Democrat-Herald The pair are believed to have ran up an estimated £3,000 credit card bill after they sneaked…

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5 Steps To Take When The Writing Gets Tough And You Want To Quit

5 Steps To Take When The Writing Gets Tough And You Want To Quit

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Punctuation Review #1: Commas with Adjectives

Sometimes writers are not sure about where to put commas in a list of adjectives. Compare: They visited a beautiful, elaborate mansion. They visited a beautiful Victorian mansion. The adjectives in the first sentence are separated by a comma because they are coordinate adjectives. They’re “coordinate” because they are equal in the way they describe…

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The R.U.M.P. Chronicles: Thundar the Mighty Sketches

Well, my chapter book series The R.U.M.P. Chronicles, featuring everyone’s favorite flawed king Thundar, is finally back on track. It’s been a long, bumpy ride so far, with delays and various other issues, but an actual finished product is in sight! Here are some early character sketches from our amazing artist Wim Tilkin: These are…

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Steampunk: The Next Big Thing?

Steampunk: The Next Big Thing?

I was just talking with my fiance the other day about how I think steampunk could be the next big trend in literature, especially for the young adult market. So, what is steampunk? From wikipedia: Steampunk is a sub-genre of science fiction that typically features steam-powered machinery, especially in a setting inspired by industrialized Western civilization…

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