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Demystifying Grammar: Which vs. That

I use Grammarly for free proofreading because every time you publish a typo, the errorists win!

This week’s inspirational quote:

It is perfectly okay to write garbage—as long as you edit brilliantly.

– C.J. Cherryh

Demystifying Grammar

This is a weekly installment of a series on commonly confused grammar rules I call Demystifying Grammar. Wouldn’t it be great if we understood those confusing and fickle little rules so we could focus on writing? I think so too. It has been said that the English language is one of the hardest to learn, so don’t worry if you need a little help now and then. Welcome to this week’s Demystifying Grammar. Those of you who slept through English class pay attention.

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Which vs. That

 Here is the basic rule of thumb: If the sentence doesn’t need the clause that the word in question is connecting, use which. If it does, use that.

Our office, which has two lunchrooms, is located in Cincinnati.

  • The which clause in this sentence provides additional information and can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.

Our office that has two lunchrooms is located in Cincinnati.

  • The that phrase is a restrictive clause because another part of the sentence depends on it. It cannot be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence.

The bottom line: If the information is essential, use “that.” If it is just additional information that is useful but unnecessary, use “which.”

Test what you learned:

1.) The iPad (which/that) connects to the iCloud was created by Apple.

2.) The cover of People Magazine (which/that) has Johnny Depp’s picture on it is my favorite because he is the sexiest man alive.

Correct answers:

1.) which

  • It is common knowledge that all iPads connect to the iCloud, so this is unnecessary information.

2.) that

  • My favorite cover of People Magazine is not just any old cover. It is the specific cover with Johnny Depp’s picture on it; therefore, the phrase is necessary to understanding which is my favorite cover. Without that phrase, the sentence loses meaning.

Thank for stopping by, Grammarians. See you next time!

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Out with the Old, In with the New…Blog Launch Week!

That’s what comes to mind as I sit here with my cocktail and New Year’s cookies. I’m freshly washed, my clothes are freshly laundered, my cookies are freshly baked…my blogs are freshly launched. Time to throw off all the old baggage and make a new name for myself…and did I mention that I just launched my blogs?

Of course, the cocktail is one of those that you freeze with the alcohol already inside and the cookies are the ready-to-bake chocolate chip ones, but if a few shortcuts help a busy girl stay sane and happy, then bring on the shortcuts. Actually, I don’t like that term. Let’s call them life’s little helpers. Bring on the helpers. I could put them right to work.

Did I mention I just launched my blogs?

I’m getting to that. See, part of the old that I’m leaving behind is the old me. I’m not really changing much; I’m not good at resolutions and following through on them. I’m just making a new name and a new image for myself in 2013. There are some things I can’t change – I’m still the stay-at-home mom of two rambunctious little boys who is separated – but I won’t let myself get too run-down, I won’t let myself get pushed around, and if some wonderful man comes looking for me…well, you better believe I’ll be all over that (pun intended, lol). And there are some truly amazing people in my life who have loved and supported me, have always been there for me, and have kept me sane. You know who you are, and I love you so very much. *hugs tight*

But the biggest changes for 2013 are the start of my brand new editing business, the focus on my editing and my writing, and the launch of my blogs, each dedicated to one of my passions. This blog will serve as the base of operations for my editing business, Edits by Jade, and my Bound by Blood blog  is all about my series of the same name as well as my other writing. I decided to launch both blogs and my business on New Year’s Day so that I can start with a fresh, clean slate with the hope that 2013 will be the beginning of a whole new me.

On to the important things…today is the launch of my blogs and the beginning of my Blog Launch Week! To celebrate, I have some giveaways and some discounts!

  • Starting on Tuesday, Jan. 1st, and ending on Saturday, Jan. 5th, I will be offering discounts on my services to every single person who leaves a comment. These discounts can be tailored to each commenter’s needs (but they aren’t transferable). Whether it’s a discounted rate, a small piece edited for free, or a request for a book review, I’m flexible. Just comment and leave me some feedback on the blog or my services, and I will contact you. I’ll need email addresses to do so. If you don’t want to leave that info publicly, email me.
  • Each day from Tuesday through Saturday, there will be a drawing for a daily giveaway. I’ll combine the comments from both blogs, assign numbers to each commenter, and run them through a random number generator to choose the winner. If there is only one comment that day, then the lucky person will automatically win. The winners will then choose any book that they like on Amazon.com, add it to their wish lists, and I’ll have it sent to them asap. I’ll post and contact all of the giveaway winners once launch week is over.

*Note* I will always provide a free proofreading/editing sample to each new client or prospective client on a writing sample of 500 words or less. This offer is only available once per client/prospective client. Contact me for details.

So Happy New Year 2013, everybody! Leave your comments to get your discounts and invite every writer you know. I hope to work with you soon!

Love, Jade

  • editsbyjade@yahoo.com

Tomorrow, is the first blank page of a 365-page book. Write a good one. – Brad Paisley

 

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I’m so excited about this! Can’t wait to read it!

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