Grammar Lessons with Kate: Apart and a part

Apart and a part by Kate Asbury Larkin Totally opposite meanings. If you are included in something, a piece of a whole, you are A PART – TWO words. “I was so happy to be a part of this team.” Apart means separated, in pieces, to NOT be a part. “It makes me sad that […]

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Bring vs take

Bring vs take by Kate Asbury Larkin For the most part… Bring implies movement towards someone or something: “Bring a hot meal when you come over.” Take implies movement away from someone or something: “Take your dirty dishes when you leave.” See how easy that is?

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Loss vs. lost

Loss vs. lost by Kate Asbury Larkin Although loss and lost both deal with the same subject, they are not used in the same way. Remember it this way: Lost and past tense both contain the letter “t.” #boom Loss is a noun; it is the act or an instance of losing. That was an […]

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Quite vs. quiet

Quite vs. quiet by Kate Asbury Larkin Another one that sends me over the edge; two totally different words with very different meanings. Quite is an adverb which (usually) means a little or a lot, but not completely. Quiet can be an adjective a noun or a verb and it means making little or no […]

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 […]

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Lightening vs. lightning

by Kate Asbury Larkin Lightening vs. lightning You can lighten something with bleach, but you cannot lightning it. Lightening is a verb and is the opposite of darkening. Lightning is a noun or an adjective, and refers to a bolt of light from the sky. Lightning can lighten you up, but not in a good […]