Grammar Gremlins

These columns were written as a monthly feature of In Print, the newsletter of the Houston Bay Area Chapter of Romance Writers of America.

Managing Misplaced Modifiers : avoiding the unintentionally funny. (Intentionally funny is a good thing.)

About Apostrophes : It’s or its and other apostrophe catastrophes.

Avoiding Ambiguity : Are you sure that means what you meant to write?

Both vs. Each: A bit of random curiosity.

Dealing With Dialogue: “What shall we talk about this month?” the gremlins asked.

Forgotten Words: Who put the feck in feckless?

I Wish I May . . . : May and might are not always interchangeable.

I Wish I Were . . . : Adventures in the subjunctive mood.

Odd Idioms : What the heck is a shrift?

On the Book Shelf: A collection of grammar and punctuation reference books.

On the Parallel Bars : Which of these items doesn’t quite fit?

One Word or Two? : An altogether helpful list.

Pesky Pronouns : I and me are not interchangeable!

Pesky Pairs : Which word fits?

Pesky Pairs Part 3 : More confusing words.

Punctuating Adjectives : A hyphen here, a comma there.

Puzzling Plurals : Of Mice, Lice, and Spice.

That Which Who : Three pronouns dancing around one another.

The Care and Feeding of the Illusive Semicolon : A report from the Punctuation Protection Agency.

The Inigo Montoya Edition : I do not think that word means what you think it means.

The Oxford Comma : Sometimes a necessity!

To Be or Not To Be : Is it truly passive voice, or just passive writing?

Verbal Distinctions: Transitive and Intransitive verbs.

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