Recently I have run across the use of " would of", "could of", "should of" used in a sentence,
when it should have been "would have", "could have", and/or "should have"
This seems to be a very Common mistake made when speaking as well as when writing.
I "could of" been a better writer if I "would of" learned to use English Grammar properly.
The right way would read...I "could HAVE" been a better writer if I "HAD" learned to use English
Today while reading post in forums and on some social sites I visit often I noticed
the word "waist" had been used in place of the word "waste" in the post. So I thought these two homophones should have a place on my blog so my readers could get a better understanding of these words.
Waist /noun/, a part of the human body below the
ribs and above the hips.
Waste /verb/ anything of no purpose, fail to use, to wear gradually away, to use extravagantly.
The waist of the skirt was too tight.
The belt fit perfectly around the waist.
It was a waste of time reading that paper. 't waste your money on something you can't use.
good/adjective/ modifies nouns well/adverb/ modifies verbs, adjectives and other adverbs
But there are exceptions to this rule. "Well" may be used when describing if something is proper, healthy or suitable. As in, "I am well today."
When used in a sentence
That is a good cake. (Good is modifying the noun, cake )
You sang the song very well. (Well is modifying the verb, sang.)
The lady is working well. (Well is modifying the verb,working .)
The car is in good shape. (Good is modifying the noun, car.)
One exception is with the use of verbs of sensation like touch, feel, looks, hears, and smells. It would be proper to say, "The cake smells good." To say that the cake smells well would imply that the cake has a nose that can smell appropriately. So, to add more confusion, it is also correct to say, "I feel good today." Good refers to how you are physically and spiritually feeling.
I /pronoun/ used by a speaker or writer when referring to him or herself.
Me/pronoun/ an objective case of I, also referring to oneself.
Sometimes the pronoun I or me can be a little confusing.
If we can get a little grammatical here, "I" should be used when it is the subject of the sentence, that is the person doing the verb. "Me" should be used for the object of the sentence either direct or indirect.
A good test as to which one to use is to think which one would be used if the other person were not included in the sentence.
These are the kinds of situations where there could be a problem deciding whether to use I or me.
The situation was awful for Sherry and me. (...was awful for me.)
John and I were out when the fire started. (I was out....)
She asked if she could come out with Mom and me. (...come out with me.)
Mom and I were happy to have her along. (I was happy...)
She thought she'd seen Dad and me at the store. (...she'd seen me.)
My best friend and I are going to the movies tonight. (I am going ...)
Tip: Imagine that the other person or people are not included in the sentence. It should then be obvious whether to use I or me.
Just recently while reading a blog I came across this sentence. I turned my paper into my professor and knew as soon as he looked at it that I had made a mistake.......did you catch that? So what do you think is wrong here?
Too many times we do not stop and read what we write. I don't think there is a way to turn a paper into a professor unless you are doing some kind of magic. There are so many ways to get "in to" and "into" mixed up and when we do it changes what we wanted to say into something funny. Just remember that into expresses motion or direction to a point on or within, a change of state, direction of attention.
The car ran into the tree. Turn your test paper in to me when you finish.