Monday, May 22, 2017

Can you tell apart apart and a part?

Greetings Readers!

It has been far too long since I last posted. I've finally been driven to write this by several comments I've seen on Facebook, all containing the same error.

When you want to be a part of something, you certainly don't want to be apart; but this is a mistake I've seen people making frequently.

They type: 'I want to be apart of that group,' when they mean that they want to be included. They've essentially said exactly the opposite. 'Apart' is used to say that you are 'pulling something apart,' or 'keeping things apart.'

It's just a space, people! Doesn't take up much space and important for clarity.

On a new subject, I'd like to start highlighting wondrous words, words that aren't used much anymore or may have obscure meanings but are fun to say or read.

Today's wondrous word: forewent

I forewent my turn at the game. 

It's the past tense of forego, which means to forfeit or not do something.

So, forego the misuse of apart and a part and make your grammar nerd friends happy!