Monday, August 16, 2010

Gimme Some Space

Not that kind of Space! I usually don't go into grammar, but here are a few guidelines next time your words need a little elbow room.

A Lot or Alot?

Easiest question ever: A lot. It's always "a lot," seeing as "alot" is not an actual word. wink.gif

Already or All Ready?

Already means it's already done.
I already ate dinner.

All ready means completely ready.
We are all ready for dinner.

Can not or Cannot?

This is a very common question, with a very easy answer: Both. However, personal preference should be consistent in a particular piece. The 'Find' feature in your word processor will help you. Using cannot and can not in one piece will throw off your reader. (This rule applies also to the word Seatbelt and seat belt. even though some spell checks will tell you cannot and seatbelt are incorrect).

Every body or everybody?

Every body is used to reference physical bodies.
Every body of water is blue.
Every body needs water daily.

Everybody is in reference to every person.
Everybody wants to be a Cat.
(These rules also apply to anybody and any body)

Into or In to?

This is the hardest one for me.

Into relates to direction.
We are going into the city

Other times the sentence just lends to in and to being together.
We walked in to see the baby climbing the stairs.

Inbetween or In between?

Much like alot, inbetween is not a word. Erase it from your fingertips. In between, however, is perfectly acceptable. Usually the 'in' is superfluous. (hehe, I used superfluous, Miss Terry will be so proud!)
I sat in between my mom and dad.

A sentence that can also be written:
I sat between my mom and dad.

Upon or Up on

This really is the same thing as into. Upon implies being on something, and is usually a stationary word.
He sat upon the stool, watching the festivities. (If you used up on here, it would imply posture, not placement)

Up on usually implies actions.
He sat up on the bed to look out the window. (as in he was laying down, but then sat up).
He climbed up on the ladder.
Upon can be used in both these sentences, changing the sentence slightly.

I hope that helps you!

1 comment:

  1. This is very helpful :) English is so confusing sometimes! haha


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