What mental tricks do you use to avoid common grammar errors?

posted 3 years ago in The Lounge
Post # 3
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

For lay/lie, I think of “Now I lay me down to sleep” in which “lay” has a direct object (me). This reminds me that “lay” is transitive and “lie” is intransitive.

For affect/effect, I think about them ebing in alphabetical order. You affect something to preoduce an effect.

For ridiculous (a big spelling error), I remind myself that the stem is “rid-” form Latin rideo, and that the beginning of the word is not the prefix re-.

Post # 4
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

@iarebridezilla:  Ok I just found this crazy helpful so thank you.

I am the same way, I don’t have too much of a problem with most of these things.

I do tend to say out contractions in my head while writing/typing to just be totally sure (so if I’m writing “you’re going to the store with your mom” in my head I say “you are going to the store with your mom”).

For certain words, I also have a habit of sounding them out in my head (Connecticut becomes connect – i – cut, beautiful becomes bee-eea-yoo-tiful haha)

Post # 5
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Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

Many people seem to assume that when you use so-and-so and I/me, that its *always* I.  It’s not.  My trick for that is to take away the so-and-so and just pretend I’m talking about myself.  If it sounds weird as I, then it probably should be me.

Example: Joe sent the invitation to my husband and I.  No… You wouldn’t say Joe sent the invitation to I.  So it’s Joe sent the invitation to my husband and me.

Post # 6
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013

Post # 9
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Hear vs Here… You HEAR with your EAR.  

Post # 10
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@iarebridezilla:  You can do this with who/whom also. Just restate the question in your answer and use he/him. If you use “he,” it’s who; if you use “him,” it’s whom.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

@iarebridezilla:  I don’t have any grammar tricks, but a few spelling tricks…

In elementary school we had to come up with two words that gave us issues, and create ways to help us remember.

So, to this day, when I write “tomorrow” I still think “Tiny Oranges Might Open Real Restaurants On Wednesday.” It totally doesn’t make sense, but it’s clearly something I remember!

And for “chocolate” I think “It’s never to late for chocolate.” (which is a completely true statement)

Oh and of course I always think “WedNESday” when I’m writing that pesky day of the week.

Post # 14
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Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@iarebridezilla:  “Who” is subject case, so the only thing it can do is being the subject of the verb. “Whom” does everything else–direct object, object of preposition, indirect object. “Whose” does posession, but you can also use “of whom” with “whom” as the object of the preposition of.

Post # 16
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: August 2012

Took me a long time to remember how to spell friend, and I finally just remembered instead that it starts with fri like fries

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