Eggs or eggshells? I often hear people say they have to “walk on eggshells” when referring to a sensitive situation with another person. Think about it: if you’re walking on eggshells, the damage has already been done. You can tromp all you want on those eggshells, but they’ve been well and truly broken before you showed up. Walking on eggs, however, takes much more finesse.
Monthly Archives: October 2012
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You often hear people say they “could care less” about a situation. Think about those words. If you could care less, then you are saying you do care to a certain extent right now.
If you “couldn’t care less,” you are saying you don’t care at all right now, so caring any less is impossible. This is the amount of caring you want to state.
I have a problem, and I’m hoping one of you techy people might be able to solve it for me.
Along the right margin of this blog is a sidebar. In that sidebar, I want to have links to the writing tips I have already sent out. The links there now are just to what I have already written about on the blog in this past week. I cannot figure out how to have links to the old tips without putting those tips into the message space on the blog. I want you to be able to click on the link and be taken to the entire message. I have gone to the forums and searched for how to do this but am coming up blank. Any ideas? You have no idea how much I will appreciate any leads you can give me.
Somehow, people have gotten the idea that I is a classier pronoun than me. It isn’t. They weigh exactly the same on the pronoun scales. It just depends whether you need to use a subject (I) or an object (me).
Not a day goes by that I don’t hear someone say, “Between you and I.” After all prepositions, such as between, on, on, from, to, for, around, under, over, etc., you need to use the object pronoun: me. Between you and me, this is not a hard rule to learn.
Often, people can’t decide if they need I or me, so they fall into what I call “the hell with it” rule and use myself instead, as in “Call Kevin or myself if you have any questions.” Please don’t! Myself is not a substitute for I or me. If you get rid of Kevin temporarily, you’ll instantly know you need me. Use myselfonly when you have already mentioned yourself: ”I wrote that article myself.” It’s used for emphasis at the end of a sentence, not in place of I or me.
Got it? Good!
How often have you seen or heard this construction?
There’s three reasons to buy your tickets early.
Omit the contraction and you will see you are saying, There is three reasons to buy your tickets early. There is three?
To restore agreement to your sentence, you need to write, There are three reasons…. Making that into a contraction, however, is awkward: There’re three reasons…. Ick.
Starting sentences with There is or There are (or Here is or Here are) is a weak construction. Better to write, Buy your tickets early for three reasons—and then list them.