heavenly verbs

Making merry

So, you’re looking for the perfect gift for the language lover in your life? Look no further than the book jackets above and to the right. LOL. Seriously, though, I’ve been thinking about a gift I could give my readers, and came up with something novel. Purchase a copy of Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch along […]

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Tangled up in verbs

If only the phrasal verb had a sexier name. Then you might be as enamored of them as I am. These vexing words are created when a little adverb or preposition hitches a ride with a verb and changes its meaning in the process.

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Laying down the line

It being National Grammar Day (What? You didn’t know there was a National Grammar Day?), I thought I would have a little fun with one of my grammar pet peeves.

This pet peeve comes up every time I take my favorite yoga class, because my teacher ends the class by saying, “Now lay on your backs for shavasana.” It’s enough to make this corpse turn in the grave. He should say now lie on your backs.

The distinction between lay and lie is not that hard, and I spend some ink on it both in Sin and Syntax and in Vex, Hex, Smash, Smooch. You just need to understand that there are transitive verbs (which take direct objects) and intransitive verbs (which don’t.)

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