Monthly Archive: March 2011

Mar 30

Different from/Different than

Is there a difference (pun totally intended)?  Yes.  First, as always, let’s look into the explanation.  ‘Different’ is a word used to contrast, rather than (tee hee) compare.  ‘Than’ usually follows adjectives used to compare people, items, conditions, etc.

Examples: More than, less thanbetter thanworse thancolder than and many more.

  • CORRECT: The birthday party was different than I expected.
  • INCORRECT: The birthday party was different from what I expected.

The rules are pretty simple:

  • When creating a sentence if a noun comes after ‘different’, use ‘from.’
  • When creating a sentence where a clause (subject and verb) follow ‘different’, use than.

If you need assistance with the very confusing English language rules, contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It!”

 

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Mar 24

Aren’t I/ Am I Not

This is once again an example of conjunction confusion.  These terms are used constantly in conversation (at least my own) and often incorrectly.  The best way to know if the right terms are being used, our favorite rule is to, BREAK IT DOWN.

Incorrect:  I’m carpooling with you, aren’t I?

Correct: I’m carpooling with you, am I not?

Reading both sentences aloud it may seem like that’s not quite right.  I’m not being “Holier than Thou” in the correct sentence.  Scout’s honor.  To prove it, let’s look at the breakdown.

Incorrect: I’m carpooling with you, are not I?

Correct: I’m carpooling with you, am I not?

Read both versions aloud this time.  When the conjunction “aren’t” is broken down to its truest form, it really doesn’t belong in the sentence at all.  All conjunction confusion is best remedied by breaking it down.

*Pops locks for good grammar.*

If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It!”

 

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Mar 17

What We Do: Blog & Website Content

After brainstorming all night and day for weeks or months, you are finally ready to launch your company’s website/blog…or so you thought.  When you have to explain your product or service to people who have never heard of it, what will you say?  How will you explain it?  Will it sound good?  Is it easily understandable?

Grab the sides of your head, stop the spinning!  The team at Writing It Right For You is more than happy to work directly with you.  We will make sure we have a firm grasp of what you are offering and the tone you wish to set with your audience.

“The task was greatly executed. The project is done and it is featured at my profile. Further requests were also done in a quick and professional mode. Pamela is a great writer with professional approach and understanding of clients’ wishes.”   –Anton Konovalov: Entrepreneur, Thailand

If you need assistance with communicating with your customers, contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It”!

 

 

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Mar 15

Lay vs. Lie

Lay vs. Lie

Are these words similar in look and meaning?  Yes.  But, as is relative to real estate’s “location, location, location” in grammar it’s “timing, timing, timing!”

Let’s begin with the definition, according to Webster:

  • Lay (verb) : to beat or strike down with force OR  to put or set down
  • Lie (verb):  to be or to stay at rest in a horizontal position OR to assume a horizontal position —often used with down

NOTE:  When ‘lay’ is used it is a plain old verb.  When ‘lie’ is used, a specific position is used to define the action which makes it an intransitive verb.

EXAMPLE:

WRONG:  I got fatigued and I want to lay down.

RIGHT: I got fatigued and I want to lie down.

RIGHT: Lay your jackets on the bed.

If you need writing or editing assistance with the very confusing English language rules, contact the professionals at Writing It Right For You. We’re here to help because “It Matters How You Say It”!

 

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Mar 11

What We Do: Bios/Auto Bios Ghostwriting

Do you have a story that you want to share?  Is it about you, someone you know or admire?  Now, the hard part.

  • Where does the story begin?
  • Where does the story end?
  • Does your story end at all?
  • Should you start in order of time or significance?

If these questions are plaguing your mind, please contact us. Our pricing is results-driven as opposed to hourly rates.  At Writing It Right For You, we are happy to work directly with you on producing your story with meticulous care.  Contact us for your free 30 minute consultation.  Our prices for ghostwriting won’t haunt you!

 

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