Monday Lessons Category

Monday Lessons: Getting shifty with tenses

As a writer, I still struggle with shifting my tenses. Right in the middle of a story, I’ll switch from present to past. Sometimes those shifts are needed, but most of the time they’re accidents. There are 3 different verb tenses: past (was/were) present (is/are) future (will) Easy enough. Right? Wrong! When you start breaking down verb tenses, it […]

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The Battle of the Comma

The Oxford comma. AKA a serial comma or a Harvard comma. It’s the comma before the word ‘and’ at the end of a list with origins dating back to Oxford University Press. i.e. My favorite colors are blue, green, yellow, and purple. Nowadays this little comma creates quite a rift in the literary world. Personally, I’m […]

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I’m real good

“Hey, how are you doing?” “Good. And you?” “Good.”  The most common script in the American culture. No matter how you feel, you’re doing “good.” And saying anything other than good is socially unacceptable. “Hey, how are you doing?”  “Actually, I’ve had a pretty awful day, let me tell you all about it.”  “Um…this is […]

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Look over there! They’re finally here with their presents!

I try not to be that English major, but I just want you to know that I’m silently correcting your grammar anyways. So I thought it’d be fun to give a short English lesson every Monday: Monday lessons. So, today, I want to explain the difference between  there/ their/ and they’re. Or better yet, your/ you’re.    there: used to […]

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