Someday I am going to do one of these monthly challenges moving backward: Z to A, 30 to 1. Until then…
This grammar goof has popped up in the work of every client in the last few weeks, so it is safe to assume it is an issue that requires addressing: A PART versus APART. The two are nearly the same when read visually (seen) and when read aloud (heard). But they are vastly different; at no point are they interchanged. So why are they misused? Autocorrect. I blame everything on autocorrect.
1) part noun
- one of many
- a piece, a section, a quality, etc, that make or form something
Do you need this part of the puzzle? 2) part verb
- to separate into two or more sections that move away from each other
Let’s part the puzzle by color.
1) apart adverb
- separated by an amount of space or time
- not together, split, broken
Keeping the colors apart helps to visualize the puzzle picture. 2) apart adjective
- separate or different from others
Bright pieces stand apart before we even pull them out. 3) apart from preposition
- besides, other than, save for, aside from, except for
Apart from one missing piece, we’re done with the puzzle!
Using the very specific breakdown, including definitions and examples, can you figure out the next sentence?
Apart from a part lost in the apartment when we parted apart the pieces that stood apart from one another, the puzzle was complete.
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Grammar notes, I can always use the reminders, thanks 🙂 I’ll be checking back here and I followed by email.
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So using autocorrect absolves us of everything or is that every thing? 🙂
Nice examples. I see this too often, and also blame auto-correct. Of course, grammar checking software still isn’t up to snuff, especially on cases like this.
So true. I find I make few errors when writing with paper and pen. Typing on a computer, things get lax as it is too easy to hit “enter” and move on. Anything on my iPhone keyboard is bound to have errors. But the very worst it voice-to-text – guaranteed to have mistakes every time!
Fantastic! I hope there are more of these grammar reminders for the rest of the month.
I hope to have a few!