Tuesday, March 29, 2011

More Tips

To add to yesterday's post, here are two more things I've seen in my beta reading.

Then and than being exchanged for each other.   They do not mean the same thing, and you can't interchange them.  I catch it when I read because I hear the difference (I speak the words in my mind as I read) of the 'a' and the 'e'.

The other is past and passed. My husband constantly shakes his head at me when I ask him which it should be.  Finally he told me past is almost always used after another verb.  (I went past).  Passed is almost always a verb.  (Time passed.)

I hope you find these tips helpful.  What tips do you have to share?

Speaking of sharing, EJ Wesely shared this link in yesterday's comments and I wanted to be sure you all saw it.  It's a word/phrase frequency counter.  I know I'll be checking it out!

Oh, in other news-- Lisa Shearin's Con and Conjure (5th in the Raine Benares series) comes out today.  You can check out excerpts at her site.  Have a great Tuesday!


  1. Thank you for the mention, Mary -- you're the best!


  2. You're welcome Lisa! Thanks for stopping by.

    Thanks, Lindsay. Hope they were helpful!

  3. Oh ack! I bet I do this all the time. More then I should too. he he. The things you type right past. Thanks for the reminder. Great post.

  4. Sorry if this is a repeat comment. Not sure if it went through the first time. These are great tips and now I'm going to a find for all the past and passed and double check them!


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