Grammar Lessons with Kate: Definitely vs defiantly

Definitely vs defiantly by Kate Asbury Larkin Mixing these up totally changes what you intended. Definitely means in a clear and definite manner; unambiguously. Defiantly means rebelliously; in a rebellious manner. This is more of a spelling error and not so much a spoken one; get the spelling figured out and you’ve got this one. […]

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve

by Kate Asbury Larkin Could’ve, would’ve, should’ve Could’ve, would’ve and should’ve are contractions of could have, would have and should have, respectively. Never, and I do mean NEVER, should you say (or write) could of, would of or should of. I cannot think of a single time “of” would correctly follow could, would or should. […]

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Passed vs Past

Passed vs. past By Kate Asbury Larkin Passed and past are often confused, but if you really think about it, they shouldn’t be. Passed is the past tense (and past participial) of the verb “to pass.” “To pass” means to go forward, proceed, depart. This can mean to move forward in time, space or in […]

Grammar Lessons with Kate: First Annual

First Annual by Kate Asbury Larkin There is no such thing as “first annual” for an inaugural event! An event is not annual if it has not occurred in previous years. Period. End of discussion. Not to complicate matters, but technically, the second occurrence of an event is the first annual, but who says that? […]

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Effect vs. affect

Effect vs. affect by Kate Asbury Larkin Easiest way to remember is this: Affect is a verb; effect is a noun. Most of the time, “affect” is used as a verb meaning to influence something and “effect” is used for the something that was influenced. The difference between affect and effect is so slippery that […]