Grammar – How I Hate Thee – Let Me Count The Ways!

Hello fellow writers. Today I’m giving you another writing tip from the Daily Writing website. Stop by there and read some of their tips, very informative. You can sign up on their website to receive free writing tips via email. Today’s tips is about compound words and when you should and should not use them.

5 Compound-Word Corrections

Posted: 20 Feb 2013 06:51 PM PST

Writers sometimes confuse a two-word phrase for a closed compound noun consisting of those two words, or vice versa. Here are five cases in which a noun phrase or a verb phrase was mistaken for a compound word or the other way around.

1. “Eating McDonald’s food everyday for four weeks turned this filmmaker into a bloated, depressed wreck.”
Everyday is an adjective (“It’s not an everyday occurrence”). “Every day” is a phrase consisting of an adjective and a noun (“That’s not something you see every day”). In this sentence, the usage is adjective-plus-noun: “Eating McDonald’s food every day for four weeks turned this filmmaker into a bloated, depressed wreck.”

2. “Seen as both godsend and a major let down, it remains the city’s artistic center.”
“Let down,” consisting of a verb and an adverb, is employed in such sentences as “He was let down.” As a closed compound, it’s a noun: “That’s a real letdown.” In this sentence, it should be in noun form: “Seen as both godsend and a major letdown, it remains the city’s artistic center.”

3. “Resistance from the state legislature could doom the governor-elect’s promise to rollback the hike.”
A rollback is a thing (“The rollback proposal failed in committee”); to roll back is to perform an action (“The state will roll back the price hike”). This sentence refers to an action, not a thing, so the compound must be changed to a verb phrase: “Resistance from the state legislature could doom the governor-elect’s promise to roll back the hike.”

4. “California gave a record $100 million loan to bailout schools.”
As in the previous example, what is in context an action is styled as a noun. The sentence should read, “California gave a record $100 million loan to bail out schools.” Better yet, close the sentence with the preposition: “California gave a record $100 million loan to bail schools out.”

5. “International organizations continue their pull out as rebels attack a train.”
If the sentence read that the organizations continued to pull out, the two-word verb phrase would be correct. But pulling out is an action, so it’s a pullout: “International organizations continue their pullout as rebels attack a train.”

Hope this has helped someone,
xoxo Siren.

Christmas novella!

I have 8 days to finish the current short story i am working on. I am totally head over heels addicted to the H/h in this story. Fingers crossed, i hope it will be accepted by Carina Press.
Carina Press is taking Holiday related stories at their website. Check them out, the deadline is March 1st 2013.

Happy Writing,
xoxo Siren


What motivates me to get up every morning and write? This is a question i was asked by a co-worker. She doesn’t understand why i focus on writing so much.

Well, I do it because i love it. It has been a passion of mine since i was a little girl. In high school i would write short stories about me and all my friends and the adventures we wished we could get into. I love having my neices and nephews over and telling the bed time stories that i wrote just from them.

Bottom line is, i love writing. I’m not perfect at it and i’m still learning the craft. But one day i plan to be a published author so i need to learn as much as i can about the craft and enter as many writer challenges as i can because it makes me a better writer.

What motivates you to write? Leave me a comment.
xoxo Siren.

2-19-13 Tip #3

Today’s writing tip comes from They have a lot of helpful tips on their site. The one i read this morning discusses the use of hyphens. You can sign up for their email service for free and they will email you tips like the one i’m posting today.

Hope you find this helpful. Remember keep writing and never give up.
xoxo Siren

2-18-13 Tip # 2

This is a link to The Wild Rose Press – A publishing company, who by the way are accepting submissions. I found this link on their page and decided to share it. It talks about starting off small as a new writer.

If you are not able to write a 100,000 word novel right now, that’s fine. Start with a 5,000 word short story and move up from there.

Today’s writing tip is – Never give up. Hope this motivates someone to keep writing.
xoxo Siren

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