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The best non-fiction I’ve read this year: ‘Dialogue’ by Robert McKee

Ah, this was much harder to decide. But here’s my top NON-FICTION read of the year. (Though I’m not enamoured with your cover, Mr McKee.) I’ve also read McKee’s popular ‘Story’, but I found this one better. It’s less pretentious. More actionable. And thoroughly entertaining. It seems I love learning from non-fiction books with aโ€ฆ

Is it OK to end a sentence with a preposition?

Where are you from? ๐Ÿ˜…From where are you? ๐Ÿ˜ฌ People get themselves in knots trying to avoid ending a sentence with a preposition. Roy Peter Clark comes up with three magic words you can add to avoid this. So that you don’t have to face the horror ๐Ÿ˜ฑ of ‘from’ being the last word ofโ€ฆ

Is it lay or lie?

๐Ÿ›‘ Stop the press. At some point I shared my advice on the lie/lay confusable. I thought I did a fairly decent job explaining the difference. BUT! Proper dues to Roy Peter Clark who offers this tip: ๐Ÿ’ก Use the vowel sound to remind you. Lay as in place. And Lie as in recline. That’llโ€ฆ

Is it farmers’ market or farmers market? Assassins’ guild or assassins guild?

What does a farmers market have in common with an assassins guild? Well, I consulted this MW article about the former’s apostrophe (or lack thereof) and wondered whether I could apply the principle to the latter…https://www.merriam-webster.com/words-at-play/is-there-an-apostrophe-in-farmers-market-punctuation-possessive “Style guides try to make a distinction between possessive phrases and those that are merely descriptive. Since a farmersโ€ฆ

Is it phase or faze?

It didn’t phase me. โŒIt didn’t faze me. โœ”๏ธ F-A-Z-E is the spelling you want. Isn’t it interesting how we always use it in the negative. People always say they weren’t fazed. They rarely say they were. We seem to prefer discombobulated for this scenario. Maybe because it’s such a silly word. It takes theโ€ฆ

Mistakes Were Made. Use this zombie hack to identify the passive voice.

Do you know this zombie hack?  ๐ŸงŸโ€โ™‚๏ธ๐Ÿ”ช๐ŸงŸโ€โ™€๏ธ๐Ÿ”ช๐ŸงŸ๐Ÿ”ช I don’t know when tips became hacksโ€ฆ Or whether this one should be a trick. Let’s go with zombie hack. That sounds seasonalโ€ฆ ๐ŸŽƒ Speaking of seasonal, Britain has a new Prime Minister. Wow, that jibe veers into political commentary. That’s not like me at all. So I’llโ€ฆ

Is it it’s or its?

๐—œ๐˜’๐˜€ ๐—ถ๐˜€ ๐—ผ๐—ป๐—น๐˜† ๐—ฒ๐˜ƒ๐—ฒ๐—ฟ ๐˜€๐—ต๐—ผ๐—ฟ๐˜ ๐—ณ๐—ผ๐—ฟ ๐—ถ๐˜ ๐—ถ๐˜€. I don’t mind admitting it took me far longer than it should have to learn this rule. I don’t remember anyone ever saying it to me as bluntly as this. ‘It’ (apostrophe) ‘s’ is only ever short for ‘it is’. And it confused me because it seemsโ€ฆ


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