A freelance editor of 12+ years & writer represented by Black Hawk Literary Agency. I've created this blog to help the fellow writers with writing & editing tips and advice. I'll continue to post on subjects I come up with or have been requested/suggested by others. Meanwhile, I have my fingers crossed for the release date of my YA novel BODY JUMPING.
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A YA writer, represented by Black Hawk Literary Agency. The book is titled BODY JUMPING. Soon to be released.
This is the most common grammar error made by every writer besides
punctuation errors. Here are the simplified rules of subject-verb agreement.
There are many rules and exceptions; however, I’ll just note the top three
because to list them all would take multiple pages. Turning this into an
English lecture is not what I want.
Here. A singular subject (Mom, he, store, Sandy) takes a
singular verb (is, goes, opens, has).
A plural subject (parents, they, stores, Sandy and Tom) takes a plural verb
(are, go, open, have). Simple, right? Well, here are the three key points to
Point 1: A phrase
beginning of a word “of” creates one of the most commonly made subject-verb
Example: One of the parents is angry.
Explanation: The subject is one, which is singular,
so the verb is singular is.
Point 2: The verb in an or, either/or, or neither/nor sentence
agrees with the noun or pronoun closest to it.
Examples: Neither Mom nor Dad is available. Either he or she is
available to volunteer
Explanation: Both subjects are singular, so the verb is also
Example: Neither the serving bowl
nor the plates go on that shelf.
Explanation: The subject closest to the verb is plates
(plural), so the verb is plural.
Point 3: Use a
plural verb for two or more subjects when connected by “and.”
Example: A book “and” a pencil are all I need to study.
Exception: When “and” is a part of a compound nouns, use a
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Korean American teen socialite Korina
Park, 15, has it all: gorgeous looks, perfect mom, adoring friends, a fat trust
fund. Living in a fabulous suburb of Los Angeles and attending a prestigious
private school, Korina’s biggest worry is planning her Sweet Sixteen party.
That is until her life is rudely interrupted when a weird phenomenon suddenly yanks
her out of her body and plops into the body of 16-year-old Daniel Scott. Unlike
Korina, he has no social life and lives with his doting parents in a small
house somewhere in Ohio. All they have in common is that they are both only
Whisked back home, Korina handles it
pretty well. Nonchalantly hoping it will stop as mysteriously as it began, she
decides not to tell anybody. Who would believe her? When the phenomenon repeats
itself—it happens without warning at any time of day
or night—she names it body jumping.
To amuse herself while she’s in Dan’s
body, Korina decides to rescue him from his pathetic social life by hooking him
up with his childhood friend and neighbor, Jody, since she’s been crushing on
him for years. Back home again, Korina finds herself a perfect boyfriend named
Alex. But her existence is becoming increasingly hard to manage as she is
plucked out of her body at the most inopportune times. Adding to her misery,
the time in Dan’s body becomes longer than the time in her own, and chunks of
time are missing between the jumps.
Korina starts to fear the next jump
might be her last, trapping her in Dan’s body forever. Desperate, she reveals
her secret to Jody. Jody is soon convinced by the evidence and agrees to help
Korina search for the answer. The strange thing is that no phone numbers or
text messages work; Korina’s existence cannot be proven in Dan’s timeline, and
his can’t be found in hers.