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Gran and her Grammar!

Now that you are using LIE and LAY properly,  let’s discuss the uses of THAT and WHO…. And while we’re at it, maybe WHOM. In this age of communication, clarity is enhanced by proper grammar. Not to be stuffy, just clear.

For instance:

Beyond the parking lot in Capitola Village is a stairway up to Depot Hill THAT has 86 stairs. The view from the top is one THAT stuns everyone WHO has managed the climb. Those steps are a challenge to me WHO used to be proud of her walking/climbing abilities. My granddaughter is one WHO jogs up and down those steps several times to my one ascent. She is the one on WHOM I would bet to win almost any race.

Here’s another:

Over 50 years ago, our infant sons were guarded by Duffer who was our cocker spaniel. He kept strangers who were too curious away as he sat by the baby buggy parked out beneath a tree full of fluttering, fascinating leaves. Then, as the boys grew and played in the front yard, Duffer chased cars THAT were coming too fast down our hill. (more…)

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Go Lay an Egg!

I feel like a voice out of the past…. Or maybe a voice with a past.

My concern is about proper grammar. Some usage is so wrong and so in use that I fuss that it will be accepted as correct. Recently a bright, young, sophisticated, university graduate emailed me that on Saturday she will lay on the beach. I immediately had a vision of turtles laying eggs in the sand. My mother used to ask, “Will you please lay out the dinner napkins, Donna?” You see, lay is a transitive verb, meaning someone or something will put something somewhere. I guess if you are going to lay your body on the beach, that could make sense, but I see you taking your body out of a bag and patting it into  place above the tide-line.  It is easier and more direct to lay the towel on the beach and lie down. Of course, if you are talking about last Saturday, then you lay on the beach. Past tense. See the difference? (more…)

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