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SOME COMMONLY CONFUSED WORDS PART 2

Today, I’ll be continuing with the list of commonly confused words I’ve come across in client manuscripts.

YOUR/YOU’RE

Just like Its/It’s, this is also confusing to many.

Your is a possessive pronoun, meaning belonging to you.

You’re is the abbreviation for You are

Examples

Let us go to your house.

You’re being weird.

LAY/LIE, LYING/ LAYING, AND LAID/LAIN

The difficulty with these two words is because they’re both forms of the same verb, lie, but lie is also a noun, so most people assume that lay is the only verb. Here we will be looking at only the verb forms since that is the most often confused.

Lie used as a verb means (1) to utter a falsehood (2) to recline horizontally.

Lay means (a) to put something down. (b) to produce eggs (c) It is also the past tense of lie as used in (2).

Lying is the continuous/progressive form of lie.

Laying is (i) the continuous/progressive form of lay in (b). (ii) fitting (iii) preparation before a meal

Laid is (I) the past tense of lay in (a) and (b), (II) Slang for having sex.

Lain is the past participle of lie in (2) (the past participle of lie in (1) is also lied)

Examples

She lied to me. (Usage of meaning (1) of Lie)

I want to lie down (Usage of meaning (2))

Please lay the book down (Usage of meaning (a))

The hen lays eggs (Usage of meaning (b))

He lay down (Usage of meaning (c))

They’re lying to you. (Form of lie with meaning (1))

She has been lying there for a while (Form of lie with meaning (2))

The hen is laying eggs (Form of lay in (b))

They have been laying the bricks (Form of lay in (ii))

They have been laying the table (Form of lay in (iii))

He laid down the books (Form of Lay in (a))

The hen laid eggs (Form of Lay in (b))

I think he got laid (Usage of (II))

She had lain for a while (Form of lie in (c))

Lead/led

These two are also used interchangeably often. The noun form of Lead is a homonym for Led which is the main reason for this confusion. Here again we will be dealing with the verbs since the confusion occurs in that form.

Lead as a verb means (1) to show the way (2) to be in a winning position (3) to influence

Led is the past tense of lead

Examples

Please lead the way (Usage of (1))

He is leading the race now (Usage of (2))

They will lead him astray (Usage of (3))

I led him to the house (form of Lead in (1))

He led the race (form of Lead in (2))

They led him astray (form of Lead in (3))

I’ll be back with more next week. Until then, stay safe.

If there are any words that you confuse with others, please let me know in the comments so I can add them to a future post

Review of Teeth in the Tide by Rebecca F Kenney

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I know Rebecca F Kenney as a talented cover artist whose premade covers I often find hard to resist, so, when I saw that she had a new book to be released, I had no hesitation in pre-ordering it.

This book can be described as a genderbent Little Mermaid with a twist. A giant twist. The merman who seeks escape from his watery home is Rake, a breeder in the Mermaid Kingdom where males are either food or breeders. Rake is often abused by the three queens, and longs for escape from the cruel underwater world which is no more than a prison. When the queens let him raise Jewel, one of his spawns, Rake decides that he cannot be a passive spectator in his life anymore, if only for the sake of his son. He has often visited a monster in the deep he calls the Horror, and for…

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Some Commonly Confused Words Part 1

Today, I will be talking about some of the most commonly confused words I have come across while editing. I hope this will help you avoid making the same mistakes in your writing. This is by no means an exhaustive list These are just issues I have come across in client manuscripts.

Passed/ Past

This is a fairly common mistake that everyone seems to make. Using passed in place of past and vice versa.

Passed is the past tense of Pass. You can find the meaning of Pass here. Basically, pass used as a verb means to go past which is what many confuse with the word past itself.

Past on the other hand means something that’s behind you, either in terms of time or distance.

Examples

He went past the crowd.

She passed by the crowd.

Past the hour, they met as usual.

IT’S/ ITS

This is another commonly confused pair of words.

It’s is short for It is.

Its is a possessive pronoun. Its means belonging to it, attributed to it.

Examples

It’s a short walk to the pier.

Its origins were unknown.

AWHILE/ A WHILE

This is another set of words that are often used erroneously.

Awhile means for a while.

A while means a period of time.

Examples

It has been a while since she has been here.

He has been attending the lecture awhile now.

That’s it for today. I shall be back with more commonly confused words soon.

25 questions to ask your beta readers

Recently, I had realised that asking people to beta read for you without indicating the kind of feedback you require is a tough job. They may not know what you require, and as such the purpose is defeated. I have got feedbacks like, I loved this, this is good which is not the feedback I want from a beta reader. So, after some research, I have a list of 25 questions which I will be asking my beta readers. This list is only for works of fiction since that is what I write.

Feel free to use them if you feel they’re useful to you.

  1. Were the first paragraphs and first page compelling? Did they make you want to keep reading? If not, what was the problem?
  2. Did you get oriented fairly quickly at the beginning as to whose story it is, and where and when it’s taking place? If not, why not?
  3.  Could you relate to the main character? Could you feel their emotions?
  4. Which characters did you connect to and like? (Or love to hate?)
  5. Were the characters believable?
  6. Are there any characters you think could be made more interesting or more likable?
  7.  Did you get confused about who’s who in the characters? Were there too many characters to keep track of? Too few? Are any of the names of characters too similar? Too difficult to pronounce?
  8. Could the bad guy(s) be nastier or more interesting? How?
  9. Were the character relationships believable?
  10. Did the setting interest you and did the descriptions seem vivid and real to you?
  11. Which scenes/paragraphs/lines did you really like?
  12. Which parts were exciting and should be elaborated on, with more details?
  13. Which parts bored you and should be compressed or even deleted? What parts did you dislike or not like as much?
  14. What parts resonated with you and/or moved you emotionally?
  15. Did you understand every phrase / term I used? If not, which ones?
  16. Was there a point at which you felt the story lagged or you became less than excited about finding out what was going to happen next? Where, exactly?
  17. Were there any parts that confused you? Or even frustrated or annoyed you? Which parts, and why?
  18. Did you notice any discrepancies or inconsistencies in time sequences, places, character details, or other details?
  19. Did the dialogue keep your interest and sound natural to you? If not, whose dialogue did you think sounded artificial or not like that person would speak?
  20.  Did you feel there was too much description or exposition? Not enough? Maybe too much dialogue in parts?
  21. Was there enough conflict, tension, and intrigue to keep your interest? Why or why not?
  22.  Was the ending satisfying? Believable?
  23. Did you notice any obvious, repeating grammatical, spelling, punctuation or capitalization errors? Examples?
  24. If you could describe the “tone” of this story, what would it be?
  25. Does the book or the writing style remind you of any other book or author? If so, which book and author?

Book Review: Visions Hell Bent Book I

I picked up this book as it was available for free in amazon. The whole series was. Due to the Corona and social isolation, I’m having a lot of time on my hands right now and so I decided to catch up on my reading, and this book didn’t disappoint.

This was a thrilling book and I loved the illustrations as well. Kayla Matt is definitely a most talented artist as well as writer. I loved Travis’ hair particularly in the drawings. The characters of Travis and Spencer are both likeable and relatable. They are both so real. The fictional world they live in is so different and also similar in some respects to ours. The plot is so thrilling that at times I just wanted to turn the page to know what happens next. The narration is full of humour and is compelling.

I know I shall be picking up the next book now. I need to know more about Travis and his adventures and I shall definitely be recommending this to everyone.

Kindle edition is available here

Paperbacks can be bought here

Go and pick up this book. You will be hooked to the series.