|The Sharpest Lives CDJ (sharpest_lives_) wrote,|
@ 2019-10-21 12:32:00
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Grammatical Faux Pas
Children is already a plural noun but it doesn't show possession until you add 's, but the children aren't all sharing one room, they each have their own. Therefore, it's proper to use children's rooms.
No. I'm sorry, but that is wrong.
It's could have.
You're probably thinking one of those words contracted with the word "have", making the -ould've sound. I guess it is fair; It does sound a bit like "of". However, it is not grammatically correct.
WHO VS. WHOM – Check out this article.
GREY VS. GRAY – Both of these are correct, and honestly, your spelling is a matter of personal preference. Nobody cares which one you use, and if they get uppity about it, do you really need that negativity in your life? Let your freak flag fly.
If the next word in your sentence begins with a consonant or the letter y, use "a".
"What is this?"
"That is a yardstick."
"Would you like a few carrots from our garden?"
If the next word in your sentence begins with a vowel, use "an".
"Would you like an apple?"Generally, using "an" before words that begin with a vowel (a, e, i, o, u) sounds better. If I say "a apple", there's kind of an awkward (almost jerky, even) pause between "a" and "apple". "An apple" sounds smoother when spoken, and reads better in the mind.
"No thanks, I'd rather have an orange."
Consider the phrase "that's a flock of ducks" versus "that's an flock of ducks". "A flock" sounds a lot better than "an flock", and "an apple" sounds a lot better than "a apple".
PASS TIME VS PASTIME – You can do things to pass time, but the things you consider your hobbies are your pastimes.
It's an awkward spelling, I know, but that's how to remember it.
To pass time would be a verb, because it's a thing you do. But pastime is a noun because it's a thing, or it can be used as an object of your sentence. It's a thing to be used or done to pass the time.
Think of "pastime" more like a soccer ball. You can play soccer, but the ball is the object of the game, itself.