July 17, 2017
Loan vs. LendTOPICS: COPY EDITING, GRAMMAR, LOAN VS LEND, VERBS
Sometimes it's hard to let go. You learn something is wrong, you believe it, and then you learn it was okay all along. Yet you keep hanging on. "Loan" and "lend" are like that for me. Once taught that "loan" is a noun and "lend" is a verb, I can't quite shake the idea. Here's what you need to know.
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Passive Voice: It's Not What You've Been ToldPosted by June on July 17, 2017
LABELS: GRAMMAR, PASSIVE VOICE
A few weeks ago, one of the copy editors in my social media feed stumbled across a blog post by a writing coach offering tips and insights about passive voice and when and how to avoid it.
Here are the examples the writing expert offered. “It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.” “The noise was terrifying.” The verb structure “was walking.” Sentences beginning with “it was” or “there were.” And “she made her way.”
My online editor friends had a field day. You see, none of those examples is passive. Here's my recent column explaining where the blogger went wrong.
June Casagrande is a writer and journalist whose weekly grammar/humor column, “A Word, Please,” appears in community newspapers in California, Florida, and Texas. more
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