Q4U: What is your biggest writing pet peeve?
Oh boy! This is a mission of mine to rid the improper use of I and me.
The candy was for my husband and I. You wouldn’t say: The candy is for I.
Tom and me are going to the store. Again you wouldn’t say: Me is going to the store.
Us woman are all mothers. You wouldn’t say: Us are all mothers.
The trick is to take out the first part leaving only the pronoun, if it doesn’t sound correct it probably isn’t.
At the very least match your pronoun case.
Her and I are leaving is more painful to my ear than Her and Me are leaving.
They are both incorrect but at least the latter are of the same case. They (her and me) are both objective case pronouns but are being used as subjective case pronouns.
Why does this cartoon remind me of the more, ah-hem, stringent editors in our gang? (You know who you are!!!)
Run on sentences (my writing pet peeve). Don’t do it.
Shann…I hate that, too! One of my biggest pet peeves. I hear people say “Tom and I’s house” I’ve even seen someone write it that way once. Seriously? UGH!
One thing that I find irritating, when I’m reading a good book, is to come across an unusual and adept word that gets repated several times throughout. Even if it just pops up once more it sticks out like a sore thumb (oh, yeah–and clichés ).
And! I wish inspirational romance writers would stop having people ‘hunkering down’ as often as they do and describe the action a little more creatively.
LoL…Certainly good ones. Certain words do tend to stand out and annoy after a while. I’m certain of it.
Ok, I’m going to take a little time to hunker down and figure out what bothers I the mostest.
One of my writing pet peeves is run-on sentences because I don’t know sometimes what writers are talking about when the sentence is really long and it seems like it doesn’t come to any kind of coherent thought or conclusion or contain any single thing is what makes me mad all the time and oh yeah really long paragraphs that don’t seem to end and go on forever and ever and ever and ever did that make sense to anyone?:)
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