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Blog For Authors: Grammar 101

Let`s look at the subject of subject and object objectively. Sorry, I couldn`t resist. As I am learning English as a foreign language, I am always confused with the words subject and object. I often think the subject is the object, especially when the subject isn`t a person but an actual object. The word subject actually isn`t subjected but subjects the object to his action in a sentence. Confusion all round. Therefore, I thought it may be of use to discuss the subject and object of sentences to make things more clear.

Tenses in language are used for time reference. There are many different constructions for time reference and not all languages use the same one. Basic tenses have a past, a present, and a future. Some languages have a past and a non-past (which is both the present and the future), while other languages have a future and non-future (which is the past and the present). Some languages don’t weave time into their verbs at all. Some languages differentiate near and remote pasts or near and remote futures.

In this grammar lesson, I would like to talk about that crucial comma. Even though the comma is such a tiny, little thing, it holds enormous power, able to completely change a sentence.

Example: ‘Let’s eat Grandma’ vs ‘Let’s eat, Grandma.’

No need to tell you that it’s imperative that a writer needs to know where to put commas. Some writers go with their gut feeling, putting the comma where they pause the sentence flow. As a non-native speaker, I find this tricky and prefer to stick to the rules. There are quite a lot, so I made an index to give you a better overview. I hope this text will make the use of the comma clearer for you.

Hi Everybody!

Grammar 101 for Writers started as an idea when Kathryn Bax sent out a request for people writing an article on a regular basis for One Stop Fiction, I immediately wanted to join. But what to write? I don’t have much experience in reading or writing as I only started writing less than two years ago. As English is not my first language it was a steep learning curve for me to learn how to write properly (and of course I still have a lot to learn). I had to start with grammar basics. Hence I thought it may be an idea to share my learning with you. Some of you are also writers whose mother tongue is a foreign language. For those of you who did grow up using the English language, it may be a long time ago since you sat in the classroom and may have forgotten why you write the way you write. I hope there is something for everybody in these articles.