Common Grammatical Errors

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Post by Breathless » Sun Aug 14, 2005 4:10 pm

Jen C wrote:
maxandliz4ever1357 wrote:Breathless: Thank you! I hava always wondered how to spell Vilandra and Kivar. Now what about Lerek?
At crashdown.com, it is spelled Larek.

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Yes, Larek is correct.
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Post by maxandliz4ever1357 » Sun Aug 14, 2005 4:26 pm

Yes, Larek is correct.
Thanks, good to know. :D
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Post by Angel » Sun Aug 14, 2005 4:46 pm

Well spank my ass and call me Charlie. I've been using Granolith and Khivar for years. Does this mean I have to go back and change them all? Man, I can't even manage to get a new part out in a timely manner let alone do that. lol

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Post by behrlyliz » Sun Aug 14, 2005 5:04 pm

I never realized how important the grammar of a story is to a reader but this thread shows just that. Unless half of the story is one big grammatical error, I for one can tolerate grammatical mistakes. I figure everyone makes them (no one’s perfect, that’s just life).

For instance if I read:

The key is over their.

I know the writer meant:

The key is over there.

Or if I read:

He said “The key is over there.”

I know the writer means

He said, “The key is over there.”

Even in the case of using Isabelle instead of Isabel, I don’t have a problem with this. If I were reading a fic that followed the show’s canon, then I would expect a writer to use Isabel but if the fic is AU, I’m perfectly fine with Isabelle.

I know the purpose of this thread is to help with grammatical errors. Therefore, I apologize for giving my opinion. With my first post, I was merely trying to point out that Isabelle isn’t a misspelling but rather another way to spell Isabel. I’m in no way endorsing its use so please don’t flame me :lol: .

Now for my question, how do you handle writing dialogue? Does grammatical mistakes within the dialogue cause you not to read the fic? I tend to write a character’s dialogue based on how I speak and I for one do not speak proper/correct English (maybe that's the problem :lol: ). I’m Southern and tend to say ‘fixin to’, ‘finna’ ‘fin to’ & ‘yall’ and before I get flamed for this, I’m not stating that all people from the South say these things. I’m only stating that I do so certain sayings or slang may pop up in my story. Midwest Max, brought up a really good point concerning the use of try and. I must admit that I’m prone to say ‘I'm going to try and get us some tickets for the game’ and would write it that way. Anyway is it a no-no to write dialogue as such? Would this type of dialogue cause one not to read the story?

Also, thanks to Shiesty & Midwest Max for providing some very useful examples of common grammatical errors and to Kath7 & Breathless for providing the correct spelling of some Roswell names.
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Post by Luvya » Sun Aug 14, 2005 5:25 pm

I feel for you! At least my spelling is generally the second guess! lol My best friend is also Catharine. The a in the middle is a FIASCO, let me tell you. And, yet, they're all perfectly legitimate spellings. lol
My sister in-law is named Rachel- life gets rather confusing :-), Mum has started to call us by our middle in it. Lol.

Anyway I am also one of the ones that has to stop reading when Isabel is spelt wrongly in a Roswell Fanfic. It just annoys me.

I love my beta's because they manage to spell and grammer check everything- And my spelling can be gastly at times.

Also what is the correct spelling of Serena?
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Post by maxandliz4ever1357 » Sun Aug 14, 2005 6:44 pm

Didn't someone say on the other thread that the writers spelled it something like Surina? Or was that just a rumor? In any case, I think most people use Serena. At least, I've never seen it written any other way.
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Post by Peachykin » Sun Aug 14, 2005 7:02 pm

Angel wrote:Well spank my ass and call me Charlie. I've been using Granolith and Khivar for years. Does this mean I have to go back and change them all? Man, I can't even manage to get a new part out in a timely manner let alone do that. lol
I'm with you Angel. I have been spelling those two the same way. I thought it was canon. Odds are I'll keep doing it, because its so automatic. But its good to know.
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Post by Breathless » Sun Aug 14, 2005 8:11 pm

Luvya wrote:Also what is the correct spelling of Serena?

The correct spelling is Serina.
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Post by Shiesty23 » Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:25 pm

Maxandliz4ever:
Sheisty, wow! Both of your posts were really helpful, thank you.
Behrlyliz:
Also, thanks to Shiesty & Midwest Max for providing some very useful examples of common grammatical errors and to Kath7 & Breathless for providing the correct spelling of some Roswell names.
Anytime guys…I like helping fellow writers out…In fact, I see this thread as a way to help all of us Future Novelist grow… :wink: :D :lol:

And I can totally understand where you comin’ from behrlyliz about bein’ Southern and having your own dialect come out in your writing… I do it all tha time. :wink: :lol:

As for going back and fixin’ all your fics Angel and Peachykin… I wouldn’t change a thang :D … Hell, if we went this long in reading your wonderful fics the way they are now…we can just keep on doin’ so… :D :wink:






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Post by Angel » Sun Aug 14, 2005 10:48 pm

Peachykin wrote:
Angel wrote:Well spank my ass and call me Charlie. I've been using Granolith and Khivar for years. Does this mean I have to go back and change them all? Man, I can't even manage to get a new part out in a timely manner let alone do that. lol
I'm with you Angel. I have been spelling those two the same way. I thought it was canon. Odds are I'll keep doing it, because its so automatic. But its good to know.
Whew. I'm not the only one. I'll probably keep spelling them the same as well. It's just habit at this point to type them that way. Peachy, I'd say between the two of us we could get everyone to use OUR spelling. Then we won't be wrong. Hee!

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