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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.
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!
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.
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.Subject
ReceiverWe 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.
Cheers! #beerstagram (at The Confessional by The Lost Abbey - Cardiff)
Hmm #beer. #beerstagram (at Pizza Port Solana Beach)
First time at the horse track. Fun