I am grammar conscious because I know I’m not good at grammar. It’s the price I paid for not taking my English lessons seriously when I was still in elementary and high school. I should have shown interest towards English classes on the same manner with how I passionately attend our dismissal time.
My struggle with the apostrophe
Since I’m not a native speaker of English, I’m having a hard time when it comes to choosing words using apostrophes (e.g. they’re versus their, it’s versus its).
Knowing my weakness in English grammar, I’ll try to anticipate the moment when a grammarian would someday visit my blog and point out exactly all my mistakes. I’m open to that kind of possibility.
Good thing is that there are blogs dedicated to English grammar like The Oatmeal and Boggleton Drive. Check them out and be amused with their hilarious grammar comics.
Oh you write so excellently! So i guess that is enough justification in not getting the ire of your former English teachers. Keep it up. I enjoyed reading your posts. God bless.
Aw. Thank you Eldrick. Hope you’re right about my English teachers. You’re always welcome to come back here. God bless too.
i would avoid boggleton drive, only because i don’t like the writer. i once wrote a comment that was critical about one of his posts. he edited my post and changed it so that it seemed like i was saying how much i loved his blog post. i asked him to remove it, but he wouldn’t.
anyway, if you have any grammar questions, feel free to ask. i have taught writing, grammar, and language for 25 years. i know what i’m talking about, no matter what the issue might be.
one way to avoid confusion with apostrophes is to never use them. however, that’s probably not possible. and to give you a rule won’t really work because most every rule has exceptions, so that would only open you up to making a mistake in the future. for example: almost every apostrophe represents a missing letter or letters. “they’re” is really “they_are.” so the apostrophe represents the missing “a” from the word “are.” “it’s” is really “it_is.” the apostrophe represents the missing “i” from “is.”
Oh. Editing a comment? That’s the first time I heard of it. How unfortunate. I would never change the content of the comment if it’s critical of me. I’m welcome to constructive criticisms especially if it’s said in a respectful manner.
Thinking about it, editing a comment is really a unique feature here at WordPress. If it’s a good or a bad thing, I don’t know yet.
Well, If ever you find any grammatical errors in any of my posts, kindly point them out. Thanks!