Wednesday, January 24, 2007

"Three on Thursday" grammar review

Well, I can't believe it's Thursday again already. Does time just speed up once you have kids? Or, is it a factor of just getting older? LOL

Anyway, again, think like a seventh grader and here's my three tidbits for this week for whoever might be interested:

THEN/THAN
THEN is a time-related/sequential term. "We went walking and THEN stopped for ice cream."

THAN most often refers to a comparison. "I like chocolate ice cream more THAN vanilla."

WHO'S/WHOSE
WHO'S is a combination of "who" and "is" as in "Who's knocking at the door?"

WHOSE is generally referring to the ownership of a possession as in "Whose car is parked in the driveway?"

And, finally...

LESS/FEWER
OK, this may take a roundabout explanation. Both mean a "decrease" but LESS is used if what is decreasing is an intangible, "mass" thing that you can't have just one of...as in less love, less frustration, or less color. However, if you are talking about things you can count and/or itemize, you would use FEWER as in fewer kids, fewer cars, or even fewer thefts. So, the next time you go into your favorite grocery store, check out the "quick" lane. Does it say "10 items or less" or the technically correct "10 items or fewer"? LOL

Well, that's it for this week...anyone have any requests for future Thursday posts? (And, yes, the plurals and possessives "tutorial" is still in progress! LOL)

7 comments:

Denise said...

I am enjoying these lessons.

Debbie said...

I think the lessons are great!
Beth, are we getting a test later? And what about "certificates of completion" LOL

Beth said...

Debbie - No test but I could make up a "find the mistakes" type of post! And, whoever finds them all first wins a prize! LOL

Lisa said...

Can you teach me fractions? LOL! I can't help Wyatt with his math homework. Isn't that pathetic?? What am I going to do once he's in high school? ACK!!!

Lisa :-)

sara said...

"find the mistakes"

So I shouldn't tell you that I already do that to your blog? LOL. Don't worry, I do it to mine too.

I've been enjoying these posts. I'm not sure if my sense of humor is coming through here so I want to tell you in so many words that your "Three on Thursday" is something I look forward to.

BrideOfChrist said...

Great tips :) As a teacher I can appreciate them and can see that you are doing a great job of appropriately and interactively teaching your lovely little ones :)

Kari Z. Murphy said...

Hey - Could you do a post on when to capitalize and when not to?

Or one on commas...that always gets me...

By the way, I don't know why my e-mail didn't get through to you. I need an address so I can mail your books to you. Hopefully getting to the post office tomorrow!

In Christ alone,
Kari