the truth is that I wouldn't know how to teach grammar if my life depended on it! I never learned all those rules, never paid attention to diagramming sentences and stuff like that... I just learned by reading a lot. So I'm useless as a teacher -- but I'm a whizbang editor! Cocoalily,
thank you, I've never been called "the bomb" before (though I have been told that I rock)!
I'm glad my explanation made sense. (And by the way... I just noticed your age the other day -- you write extremely well for 13!)Tari,
thank you for educating me! So if y'all
is singular and all y'all
is plural... I guess a real Texan would never use the word you
at all, right? KittKatt,
about laying vs. lying: As I understand it, laying
is appropriate when you're referring to an action,
of laying something down. Lying
is appropriate when you're referring to the state
of lying down. So for example:
"I saw her laying down the litter scoop."
"I saw the litter scoop lying there."
Lying, as in telling an untruth, is just a homonym, not really related to either of those uses.
Confession: I often break grammar rules (even in formal writing) just because I don't like 'em. For example, a lot of people still think you shouldn't end a sentence with a preposition, as in, "He pulled my cat's tail, and that's something I won't put up with."
Well, I usually ignore that rule -- because following it often leads to such pretentious constructions. In this case, it would be, "He pulled my cat's tail, and that's something up with which I will not put."
Hey, anybody have an opinion on split infinitives?