NITPICKY GRAMMAR MISHAPS WITH CAM. YAY.
I'm sure we are all familiar with grammatical errors, and if your as much of a Grammar Nazi as I am, you probably just pulled all of your hair out when I said 'your' instead of 'you're' a couple commas ago. So can you guess what thrilling topic we get to talk about today? Yep, the obligatory "Proper Grammar" section every writing guide must have.
Before you begin worshiping me as your Grammar Guide for this list of sorts, allow me to stop you for a moment. Keep in mind that I am NOT an English Major nor a teacher. I'm only using common sense; it's been what I've been using for the past nine or so chapters, and unless I'm proven wrong on a certain topic, that's not changing.
I'll pretend like you have the intelligence of at least a 5th Grader with this one. Here I'll list common misconceptions many people make regarding grammar or words that never seem to like being spelled right.
You're and Your
"Your" is a (correct me if I'm wrong) pronoun that indicates that one person has possession on a certainly person, place, or thing. Ex; "You will keep tripping if you don't tie your shoes."
"You're" is an abbreviation of "You" and "Are". Ex; "You're an idiot if you think you can just keep walking around like that."
It's and Its
"It's" is an abbreviation of "It" and "Is". Ex; "It's giving me a strange look."
"Its" is yet another pronoun that shows possession of a person, place, or thing. Ex; "Its mom wasn't too happy that I moseyed on their property."
They're, There, and Their
"There" is (I believe) a pronoun that refers to any specific area. Ex; "The family is visiting the house over there".
"Their" is another pronoun that refers to group possession over a person, place, or thing. Ex; "Their host has a farm."
"They're" is an abbreviation of "They" and "Are". Ex; "They're kicking the pigs."
Loose and Lose
"Loose" is a term that refers to an object that "isn't restrained or confined". Ex; "Your pendant has a loose grip on your chain".
"Lose" means to misplace or to no longer have. Ex; "You're going to lose your pendant if you don't tighten it".
Alot and A Lot
In case you didn't know, "Alot" isn't an actual word. ALWAYS SPACE IT OUT.
Alright and All Right
Unlike its retarded cousin "Alot", "Alright" is an actual word. It is debatable as to whether "alright" should be spaced out or not, but it has been something commonly accepted in the English language.
"Alright" tends to express emotion and concern for anything's well-being. Ex; "I hope that Lucas and his friends are alright".
"All right" obviously means that everyone is right about a certain subject. Ex; "I knew it, they were all right about the invasion!" ("All right" is used much less frequently than "Alright". I blame the English language for its constant abbreviations.)
Effect and Affect
"Effect" is a noun meaning to be brought on by something else. Ex; "The reconstruction of forest animals was a tragic effect in the once peaceful village" or in a less confusing manner, "The special effects were especially impressive for a 20th century movie".
"Affect" is a verb that means to influence, impact, or change. Ex; "Becoming a Brony* affected my social life for good".
Accept and Except
"Accept" means to approve or agree. Ex; "Cam had to learn to accept the fact that this chapter will take forever to complete".
"Except" means to leave out. Ex; "She made sure to include everything except her beta-reader status".
You get the picture. Here's the rest of common mistakes that I have found. Hopefully you can figure out which is which, because it would be pretty sad otherwise.
Cite, Site, and Sight
Ad and Add
Buy, By, and Bye
Advice and Advise
Decent, Descent, and Dissent
Desert and Dessert
Four and For
Here and Hear
Knew and New
Know, Now, and No
Off and Of
Peace and Piece
Than and Then
To, Too, and Two
Wander and Wonder
Weather and Whether
Where, Wear, Were, and We're
Write and Right
In addition to the common misconceptions:
Forty is spelled without the "u"
"You" should NEVER be spelled as the letter "u"
"I" is ALWAYS capitalized
I know the whole lot of you are groaning and are probably waiting for me to end this rampage of stupidity. Well, the sad thing is that things like this occur all the time online in stories, and when I say all the time, I mean ALL THE FREAKING TIME. This is mostly because the author is too lazy to edit their grammar and decides that if they can read it, then so can you.
Which is bull, since I can't read "text talk" for crap. Teens, kids, whoever you are, leave the text talk for your friends and not for published works. No matter what you might say, you always come off as unprofessional when writing in a style like that (Not that you have to look professional to begin with, it is a good idea to have a good impression on something as simple as typing).
The reason why the majority are mistaken the way they are is because most of them are Homophones, or words that sounds identical that have a different meaning. They can be a pain in the ass at times, but the more you write, the more you should familiarize yourself with these terms. I can't blame anyone for a simple mistake, but if it is done constantly, then someone needs to grab their ear and give them a good flick in the nose.
Now that this is out of the way, hopefully you didn't learn anything new, and if you did, it was to a minimum. These are things that you should've already learned in school (I'm not going to lie though, I did have to look up a couple things for this such as "What is a pronoun". I'm no longer safe.)
*I don't have anything against Bronies; it's a joke that I'm afraid some of you might take too seriously.
I have always found typos hilarious though; usually they aren't that bad yet they make me laugh way too hard. My favorite is a tie between "Pocky" and "Anther". (If you know what they were originally, good for you. For your efforts, you get a happy, imaginary sack of nothing.)
((I also apologize for 'overdoing' the chapter. These things just need to be said, you know? I probably make these mistakes on a daily basis offline))