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  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 03:54:48 on 2015-08-29 Permalink
    Tags: , dodgerssocial, nowthatslove   

    I still put up with him even when he’s cheering for the wrong team. #Dodgers #NowThatsLove #dodgerssocial (at Dodger Stadium)

  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 02:39:34 on 2015-08-29 Permalink
    Tags: ,   

    #Dodgers and #beer. One happy camper (at Dodger Stadium)

  • Lucent Edits - Blog 21:08:20 on 2015-08-27 Permalink

    Be The Editor: Redundancy in Writing 

    This post in the BE THE EDITOR series asked which three words need to come out of this sentence? 

    These three words are redundant. In other words, they add nothing. If removed, the meaning of the sentence is clear, and the sentence itself is tighter.

    The APA publication manual gives many examples of redundancy. In these examples, the italicized words are redundant: small in size, summarize briefly, the reason is because, in close proximity, one and the same, very close to significance.

    I'm sure you get the idea. Based on these examples, can you find three words to cut from the sentence in the picture?

    If you omit "on," "back," and "out," you will have a much stronger sentence.

    Continue with your travels. Refer to the map,
     and cancel the side trip.

    Often writers use redundant words to be emphatic. Any time you find yourself wanting to add emphasis, stop and take a closer look at your sentence. You could even remove "with."

    Continue your travels. Refer to the map,
    and cancel the side trip.

  • Lucent Edits - Blog 21:07:19 on 2015-08-27 Permalink

    Be The Editor: Should Of, Would Of, Could Of 

    should have or should of
    Are you cringing yet? If not, this will be a good post for you to read, especially if you like grammar "capers"! 

    If you're not a writer or a typist, if you don't leave love notes or need the written language for work, then you may not know that one word in  this sentence doesn't belong! 

    Truthfully, when you speak a sentence like this one, it sounds exactly like it's written here, which makes the confusion somewhat understandable. But for writers, we need to get the correct word. Which word doesn't belong? 

    I know it's hard to tear your eyes away from that delicious-looking meal, but let's take a moment to look at the words "should of." As you probably know, "of" is a preposition. Prepositions provide us with ideas about location (over, under, in) and relationship (of, with, about). 

    The preposition must be immediately linked to a noun or pronoun
    to give us a prepositional phrase: in your basket, over the moon,
    under our feet, with her children.

    As you can see in this sentence, "of" is preceded and followed by verbs: "should" and "mentioned." The closest noun is "disease," the last word in the sentence.

    Should have, could have, and would have are Past Modals.
    They describe lost opportunity. We use them to state that
    we wish the past could have been different.

    Want more grammar riddles like this? Visit BE THE EDITOR and get your geek on!
  • Lucent Edits - Blog 19:54:59 on 2015-08-27 Permalink

    Be The Editor: Prophecy and Prophesy 

    prophesy vs prophecy
    I love this grammar riddle because it was late in life when I learned the difference between prophecy and prophesy. This difference exists for British and American English.

    On July 25, I asked "fans" where their red pens guided them when they read this sentence. The first response to the Facebook post indicated that the difference between the two isn't commonly known.

    The red pen should have guided them to the "s" in "prophesy." Why?

    The short and sweet answer is that "prophesy" is the VERB and "prophecy" is the NOUN. They sound different, too. Prophesy ends with the sound "sigh," and prophecy ends with a "see" sound.

    See more fun grammar riddles at BE THE EDITOR.
  • David 16:00:10 on 2015-08-27 Permalink
    Tags: , , neighborhood, restaurants, , , Whittier   

    First Impressions: Thoughts on My New Neighborhood 

    After two years living in Minneapolis’ North Loop neighborhood we recently relocated to the western edge of a neighborhood called Whittier. This was…
  • Lucent Edits - Blog 06:56:43 on 2015-08-27 Permalink

    Be The Editor: Can I Start A Sentence with Us? 

    Subject vs. Objects
    On July 22, I posted a modest sentence that started with "Us." It didn't fool any of the grammar buffs who follow the Be The Editor series. They were quick to respond.

    Before I delve into the sentence itself, let's take a quick look at the difference between subjects and objects again. I know I've done this before, but it's worth repeating again.

    "We" is a subjective pronoun, which means it is the performer of the action.

    "Us" is an objective pronoun, which means it is the receiver of the action.

    That is easy to remember if you think of these two simple sentences:

    We love you.                                       You love us.
    Us vs. We
    We don't say "Us love you," which is why we also wouldn't start the posted sentence, as seen below, with "Us."

    This is a simple example of how rogue subjects and objects try to take on the other's role; however, some examples are more complicated than this one. The "Between you and I or me" blog post was trickier than this. 

    If you take a look at both this one and that one, however, you'll begin to develop a stronger grasp of the difference between subjects and objects--if you need a stronger grasp, that is.

  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 01:53:51 on 2015-08-27 Permalink

    Cheers! #beerstagram (at The Confessional by The Lost Abbey - Cardiff)

  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 00:52:16 on 2015-08-27 Permalink
    Tags: ,   

    Hmm #beer. #beerstagram (at Pizza Port Solana Beach)

  • Ra•kl (Raquel) 21:48:59 on 2015-08-26 Permalink  

    First time at the horse track. Fun

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