Aug 25, 2010
Was, Were, Could, Should & Would, (just to name a few)
I was already aware of my horrible habit of using "was" and "were," as in:
He was walking, instead of, He walked.
I'm pretty good at hitting the find and search key and highlighting those, but when I got the first few chapters of my current novel back and saw all the mistakes I still made in grammar, I was horrified. Here's my problem:
I could feel his heart beating beneath my fingertips.
I could see the tiger from across the clearing.
I could hear the emotion in her voice.
Anyone laughing yet? They should read:
I felt his heart beating beneath my fingertips.
I saw the tiger from across the clearing.
I heard the emotion in her voice.
Talk about amateur. I've since gone through the entire novel AGAIN and fixed all the mistakes I found. Hopefully my crit group will find the rest. So, do you have a problem with "state-of-being" verbs. Here's a list, just in case you need them.
May, might, must, be, being, been, am, are, is, was, were, do, does, did, should, could, would, have, had, has, will, can & shall.
Better go get them now before someone else finds them. It will save you a lot of embarrassment later.
I'm off to devour my dusty collection of grammar books. *sigh*