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These are what I would consider to be the most basic, bare-bones questions of character creation.
- What would completely break your character?
- What was the best thing in your character’s life?
- What was the worst thing in your character’s life?
- What seemingly insignificant memories stuck with…
THOU = “YOU” WHEN YOU’RE FUCKING DOING SOMETHING.
THEE = “YOU” WHEN YOU’RE HAVING SOMETHING FUCKING DONE TO YOU.
THY = “YOUR” AND “YOURS” WHEN THE THING YOU OWN BEGINS WITH A FUCKING CONSONANT.
THINE = “YOUR” AND “YOURS” WHEN THE THING YOU OWN BEGINS WITH A FUCKING VOWEL.
IF YOU’RE GOING TO MAKE SHITTY OLD ENGLISH TEXT POSTS, DO IT RIGHT.
I.e. and e.g. are both abbreviations for Latin terms. I.e. stands for id est and means roughly “that is.” E.g. stands for exempli gratia, which means “for example.”
- HOW TO REMEMBER: Forget about i.e. standing for “that is” or whatever it really means in Latin. From now on, i.e., which starts with i, means “in other words,” and e.g., which starts with e, means “for example.” I = in other words. E= example.
This is excellently described.
A lot of people learn to put a before words that star with consonants and an before words that start with vowels, but it’s actually more complicated than that. The actual rule is that you use a before words that start with a consonant sound and an before words that start with a vowel sound.
- Tom waited for an hour.
- Monica was on a historic expedition.
An hour is correct because hour starts with a vowel sound. People seem to most commonly get tripped up by words that start with the letter h and u because sometimes these words start with vowel sounds and sometimes they start with consonant sounds. For example, it is a historic expedition because history starts with an h sound, but it is an honorable fellow because honorable starts with an o sound.
- Tom had a Utopian idea,
- Monica reminded him it’s an unfair world.
The letters o and m can be tricky too. Usually you put an before words that with o, but sometimes you use a. For example, you would use a if you were to say, “She has a one-track mind,” because one-track starts with a w sound.
- Tom wants to work as a missionary.
- Monica wants to get an MBA.
REMINDER: The sound governs whether you use a or an, not the first letter of the word. (Fogarty 6).
…And don’t get me started on people who say “an historic”…