I really hope this is the right category lol
Anyways, I’d just like to make a thread about grammar mistakes, or just any type of mistake in general.
I’m tired of seeing stories with really interesting storylines that have potential, but they weren’t executed well enough and result in having a weak delivery.
I’m not saying that stories with grammar mistakes are horrible, rather that they could get to the point where it kinda gets annoying.
I get that some people don’t have english as their first languange, and that’s okay.
This thread was made to point out a few common mistakes people make, and not to offend anyone in any certain way.
Then - At that time.
e.g: Back then, I was different.
Than - To compare.
e.g: He was taller than his own dad!
Except - To exclude something.
e.g: I want all the candy, except for the yellow ones.
Accept - To recieve or agree to something.
e.g: I accept your apology.
Two, To, Too
Two: A number.
e.g: Two is my lucky number!
To: It can be used as a preposition.
e.g: We’re going to the park!
Too: To exaggerate or it can also be used as “also”.
e.g: I think these are too big.
There, Their, They're
There - A place.
e.g: Look over there!
Their - A belonging.
e.g: This is their football, we should give it back.
They’re - A contraction of the words “They” and “are”.
e.g: Do you think they’re in there?
Your - Someone’s belonging.
e.g: Is this your pen?
You’re - A contraction of the words “You” and “are”.
e.g: So what you’re trying to tell me is that we could have done that this whole time?
Were, We're, Where
Were - Past tense of the word “be”.
e.g: We were just there!
We’re - A contraction of the words “We” and “are”.
e.g: We’re doing our homework tomorrow.
Where - A place
e.g: Where are you guys going?
Affects - The action.
e.g: How did this affect you?
Effects - The end result.
e.g: Woah did you see that cool effect?
(There are many other common homophone mistakes but these are just some examples that I decided to cover on).
I’d just like to point out that punctuation is a very important factor when it comes to writing, especially if you’re going to write long sentences, or even a paragraph. It affects the flow of the writing, or as my English teacher used to say, it affects the “umph”.
If you’re going to use a comma, use it whenever there’s a conjunction, a list, adjectives, or I guess whenever it feels right - as I don’t really have specific placements for my commas.
Or feel free to use some of the others! Like semi-colons, colons, hyphens and so on.
e.g: Dissatisfied with his grades, the boy furiously tore his paper in half, stomping his way out to the door whilst giving his teacher a sour look. (lol me).
And don’t forget to use p e r i o d s ! ! !
Yes, you could also use a hyphen instead - though that’s only for a continuation - exclamation marks, question marks and periods are used to end the sentence! Use them!
There’s a spell check tool in Episode in case you haven’t really noticed… use it… please.
If you don’t know how to spell something, then search it up, I’m sure it won’t take you more than two minutes, or even less.
This god forsaken punctuation of which I hate, the apostrophe. [ ’ ]
These are used to indicate possessions or they’re used for contractions (some examples are listed above).
When using an apostrophe to show that this something is someone’s possession, you use it like this:
e.g: This is my brother’s pen.
e.g: This is Walter’s dog.
When you’re trying to state that there’s something, you either use, “An” or “A”.
So how do you know which one to use?
You use “An” whenever the noun starts with a vowel.
You use “A” whenever the noun starts with something else.
e.g: Look! It’s an elephant!
e.g: There’s a banana on the table.
The Past Tense
A lot of people make mistakes in this area without even realizing. Some words are “irregular” and have a different end result when turned into the past tense instead of the original “ed”.
e.g: I teared my dress.
When it’s actually: I tore my dress.
(Yes, teared is a proper word, but that indicates when someone is crying in the past tense, so be careful with these types of words).
There are a lot of other topics of which I could cover on, but these are just a few that I wanted to talk about.
Feel free to write any other common mistakes that you’ve noticed on Episode.
And never be afraid to ask anyone to grammar check your story.