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Common grammar questions related to fiction writing.


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Multiple MeaningsEdit

"on to" or "onto"?Edit

  • Both have different meanings.
  • "I walked on(,) to the beach" suggests someone walking onward, to the beach.
  • "I walked onto the beach" suggests someone physically standing on the beach.

"any way" or "anyway"?Edit

  • Both have different meanings.
  • "Is there any way I can help?"
  • "Anyway, is there any way I can help?" Anyway means "in any case" or "besides".

Are there anyway

"in to" or "into"?Edit

"Between" or "Among"?Edit

  • Among is used when more than two persons or things are involved.
  • The dolls were divided among the group.
  • Between ''is used when only two persons or things are involved.
  • Jessica and Lynn divided the dolls between them.

"A" or "The"?Edit

  • "A" implies multiple choices. "The" implies a single choice.
  • John walked behind a wall.
    • This suggests one wall of many.
  • John walked behind the wall.
    • This suggests that particular wall was the only one in view, or in the area.

InterchangeableEdit

  • Dreamed and Dreamt.
  • Spelled and Spelt.

Nonexistent WordsEdit

"on top" or "ontop"?Edit

  • "On top" should always be used. "Ontop" is a not a word.

"in front" or "infront"?Edit

  • "In front" should always be used. "Infront" is a not a word.

"every time" or "everytime"?Edit

  • "Every time" should always be used. "Everytime" is not a word.

"a lot" or "alot"?Edit

  • "A lot" should always be used. "Alot" is not a word. "Allot" is a word, but it means to apportion something: "The farmer must allot the correct amount of food to each animal."
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