I'm here for the stories - I'm a reader, not an author. I've always loved to read, but I will admit I'm a bit anal about grammar - blame my parents and my English teachers. I won't make grammatical comments to authors per se, but below are some helpful hints regarding proper grammar.
1. Spell check is a wonderful tool for proofreading one's work.
2. If you're uncertain as to the proper spelling of a word, look it up. www.dictionary.com is a handy site.
3. Please learn the difference between the following words:
their - a form of the possessive case of they used as an attributive adjective, before a noun: their home; their rights as citizens; their departure for Rome.
there - in or at that place (opposed to here): She is there now; at that point in an action, speech, etc.: He stopped there for applause; in that matter, particular, or respect: His anger was justified there; into or to that place; thither: We went there last year; (used by way of calling attention to something or someone): There they go.
they're - a contraction of "they are" - not to be confused with their or there
affect - verb (used with object) to act on; produce an effect or change in: Cold weather affected the crops;
to impress the mind or move the feelings of: The music affected him deeply.
effect - noun: something that is produced by an agency or cause; result; consequence: Exposure to the sun had the effect of toughening his skin; power to produce results; efficacy; force; validity; influence: His protest had no effect.
accept - verb (used with object) to take or receive (something offered); receive with approval or favor: to accept a present; to accept a proposal; to agree or consent to; accede to: to accept a treaty; to accept an apology; to respond or answer affirmatively to: to accept an invitation.
except - preposition: with the exclusion of; excluding; save; but: They were all there except me.
Bonus: "a lot", not "alot"; not to be confused with "allot".
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