Grammar Lessons with Kate: How to Pluralize Last Names

by Kate Asbury Larkin

Since this is the time of year folks start painting door hangers and ordering Christmas cards, let’s get an early start on how to pluralize a last name.

It’s easy. Do NOT use an apostrophe.

When you make a door hanger or send/address a card, you aren’t claiming possession, you are just letting people know who it’s from.… Read More »

Grammar Lessons with Kate: Supposedly vs. supposeably

by Kate Asbury Larkin

Supposedly vs. supposeably

Supposeably* is not a word; the word is supposedly. #forthelove

What are some other “words” people say that really aren’t words and/or do not mean what they intend for them to mean? 

*And for those who delight in proving me wrong, supposeably is actually a word (meaning capable of being supposed, imagined or considered), but that isn’t what those who use it are referring to, so they need to stop saying it and use supposedly, which is what they mean. … Read More »

Grammar with Kate: I vs Me

I vs. me

by Kate Asbury Larkin

Let me just say, if I ever go off the deep end, it will be because of “I” and “me” being misused (or because people won’t turn on their headlights). This is such an easy rule to follow. So many people think “I” is always appropriate-but it’s not.

The very (very) easy way to remember this is to remove the other person from the sentence.… Read More »

Grammar Lessons with Kate: There, their and they’re

There, their and they’re:

by Kate Asbury Larkin

These aren’t that hard, people!

There: An adverb meaning “in” or “at that place” or a pronoun used to introduce a sentence or clause.

  • “There is a dog over there.” 🐕

Their: Possessive of the pronoun they.

  • “The Smiths are missing a dog; could that be their dog?” 🐕

They’re: Contraction of they and are.… Read More »

Grammar Lessons with Kate: To, too, two and Break vs Brake

Note from Audra:  Kate Asbury Larkin is a friend of mine from my hometown of Opelika, Alabama. I have been truly inspired and completely entertained by her grammar lessons posted on Facebook this month.  I read more email than you can imagine so I see grammar mistake pet peeves more often than most.  I also write to large audiences for a living… I’m always hyper aware of what I type and mortified when I discover I’ve made a spelling error or grammar mistake.Read More »