I Am Not Good In Or At Grammar-whatever? :0)
See, how bad I am? I do not even know which one of this is correct--
*I am not good at grammar OR I am not good in grammar*?
My tenses are also appalling. Subjunctive, my nightmare. Imperfect Tense, .my foe
I consider myself a perfectionist in many ways. When I do things, I wish to do it right, neatly, carefully, regimentedly or not at all. But sometimes wishes do not come true
I love to read and even more so, to write. But my grammar is very weak and my tenses, abysmal
I really do not remember how I learned the English Language. All I knew was that I read a lot when I was young and now.
I read anything that I could find. I copied songs on the radio to read the *story*or the lamentings. I read labels. I read subtitles and I even read instructions
I wrote down the words that seemed foreign to me and yet describing explicitly the meaning of the sentence, phrases and then the story. My vocabulary improved. My interest in the language pursued.
It became a challenge but again and again I had to admit defeat. It is not easy! I made 6 attempts to learn subjunctive and Imparfait. I thought I understood then.
If I knew, then, why were I still struggling or If I had known then, why would I still be struggling?
I was hesitant to come on EP to write. But I did anyway. I wrote directly onto the screen. I am one of those writers who do not plot. I just wrote the same way I rambled on EP, haphazardly
(Close friends who knew me via email know that I write appallingly on email--and sometimes *incoherently* haha).
I proof read all my stories (I thought I did) and I read the entries. Alamak (Singlish for Oh Dear!) .
I think I used the wrong tenses. I hope I did not but I cannot be sure. So I started reading the story again and made an attempt to edit it.
I paused and I pondered. Hmmm, should I put an *ed* in this word. Should I use past tense on this because I thought it had to be a subjunctive etc etc.
My nightmare began. Arrgggggh again
I decided to take my chances. I left the story alone in the hope that a good samaritan would come along to point it out to me.
Once upon a time, not so very long ago, a few EP friends came to my rescue after every story I presented.
I remembered clearly an EP member, Mr Ebunbury, who discreetly told me via email that plural for *Graffiti* was *Graffiti* and not *Graffitis*.
I was happy. I learned a new word. I should have known. Papparazzo--papparazzi. Gelato--Gelati.
Now the spelling--double ps or single p. One *z* or two *zs*
I diligently looked it up in the dictionary--my companion! *The New Shorter Oxford English Dictionary* Thumb Index edition.
(I will let you into a secret---they lied...It is NO SHORTER or NEW) lol. The books come in two volumes and they are HUGE
Then came another comment on another one of my stories.
I was so pleased. I ran into the study room. Took out the monster dictionary. Checked the word and VOILA.. He was right. Dangit. Such a clever man. I muttered. But hey, he spelled it wrongly hahaha.
I could not resist correcting HIS mistake now.
Indubitably is the correct spelling. I cant remember how the other member spelled it then).
I was not insulted or ashamed. Neither was he (I hope).
Then, Lord Bcj came into the picture--he was not kind haha--when he didnt understand my stories, he told it to my *face* haha. I checked my stories and relented as I did not wish to joust with Lord Hagar Hagar
But when Lord Randy182, rode into my court--I had to quickly put my ear plugs and bl
Then Mr Penney strolled into my court--hitting a few walls with his askewed burqa He wrote and I read. I marvelled at his entries. His power of the English Language. His views and his comments. I wanted to be just like him--maybe part of him. I like THOSE abs and I want mine to be just like his too haha,
I was happy that you all came to read my stories and felt comfortable to help me understand the grammatical errors in the stories I had made.
We learn from our mistakes and what better to learn it from a friend-- a member of EP
I thank you.
So please feel free to correct my tenses and grammar. It is the only way for me to learn.
This room is free for all to write your comments--let us sing the A B C Song together haha
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