TIPS ON HOW TO IMPROVE YOUR WRITING

بِسْــــــــــــــــــمِ اﷲِالرَّحْمَنِ اارَّحِيم

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved Black Sisters.

1. NO BE VERBS

BE VERBS

USE YOUR CREATIVITY AND MAKE YOUR WRITING MORE INTERESTING. INSTEAD SAYING “I AM SITTING.” YOU CAN SAY “BREATHLESSLY, I SIT WAITING FOR YOUR CALL.” OR “I FIND IT DIFFICULT TO SIT STILL WHILE THE MUSIC IS PLAYING.”

BY NOT USING BE VERBS, IT FORCES YOU TO GIVE MORE DETAIL ABOUT WHATEVER IT IS THAT IS HAPPENING. INSTEAD OF JUST SAYING “YOU ARE FAT.” YOU CAN SAY, “YOU NEED TO LOSE WEIGHT.” OR “YOU SURE HAVE PUT ON SOME POUNDS.” BOTH OF WHICH ARE REMARKABLY MORE INTERESTING.

2. USE ADJECTIVES AND ADVERBS MUNIFICENTLY.

REMEMBER ADJECTIVES DESCRIBE A NOUN (PERSON, PLACE OR THING) AND ADVERBS MODIFY A VERB, ADJECTIVE OR OTHER ADVERB. HERE ARE SOME EXAMPLES. “MY GREEN GARMENT IS MY MOST FAVORITE.”  GREEN IS THE ADJECTIVE AND MOST IS THE ADVERB. HERE ARE SOME VIDEOS THAT SHOULD HELP TO MAKE IT MORE CLEAR.

3. NOT “I” AND NEVER “YOU”.

DEPENDING ON WHAT YOU’RE WRITING, THE USE OF “I” MAY BE UNAVOIDABLE. BUT IF YOU ARE JUST RELAYING A STORY OR SOME OTHER TYPE OF WRITING, “I” CAN BE VERY BORING, EVEN IN AN AUTOBIOGRAPHY. IF YOU MUST USE “I” DON’T START THE SENTENCE WITH “I”. MAKE YOUR POINT IN A ROUNDABOUT WAY. TAKING THE EMPHASIS OFF OF YOURSELF AND PUTTING IT ON THE THING THAT HAPPENED (MORE INTERESTING). FOR EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF “I AM EATING BEAN SOUP.” YOU CAN SAY, “THIS BEAN SOUP IS DELICIOUS!”

THIS WAY, YOU ARE TACITLY INFORMING YOUR READER THAT YOU ARE EATING BEAN SOUP, AND ALSO GIVE THEM MORE INFORMATION ABOUT THE BEAN SOUP.

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4. LASTLY, OVERDO IT!!!

WHAT YOU MAY THINK IS SO OVER-THE-TOP THAT NOBODY WILL TAKE YOU SERIOUSLY, YOUR READERS WILL PROBABLY GET SUCKED IN BY YOUR IMAGERY. AS I HAVE PREVIOUSLY MENTIONED, THE MORE INFORMATION YOU GIVE, THE MORE INTERESTED YOUR READER WILL BECOME. IT DOESN’T HURT TO BE EXTRAVAGANT IN YOUR DESCRIPTIONS AND PHRASES. I “HELPED” MY DAUGHTER WITH A PAPER FOR COLLEGE ONCE AND WENT OVERBOARD IN MY WORDING, BUT TEACHERS, ESPECIALLY, LOVE THAT. SHE GOT THE HIGHEST GRADE OUT OF ALL OF HER PROFESSOR’S STUDENTS.

FOR EXAMPLE, INSTEAD OF SAYING, “THE MUSIC SOUNDS REALLY GOOD.” YOU CAN SAY, “THE VIBRATIONS OF THE MUSIC REACH INTO MY SOUL.” YOU KNOW? TRY AND GIVE YOUR READER SOMETHING THEY CAN FEEL – SOMETHING THAT PAINTS A PICTURE IN THEIR MINDS. GIVE THEM SOMETHING TO PONDER OVER.

Affect? or Effect?

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum

Dear Sisters,

The difference between “affect” and “effect” really just depends on the way you are using the word.

“Affect” is a verb and “Effect” is a noun.

“Affect” is an action word. It means something has affected somebody or something else.

“Effect” is a result of something else. It means something happened that caused an effect.

“The Divine Supreme Wisdom Teachings of The Honorable Elijah Muhammad have affected me like nothing else. And the effect has changed my life.”

Further… Farther… Which one should I use???

Bismillah

As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum!

Here’s another one that might confuse you.

Farther” is used when describing physical distance. “The Temple is a little farther from my house than the University.”

“Further” is used for more abstract thoughts or ideas. “I couldn’t allow the devil to insult me any further.

That’s it! 😀

YOUR vs. YOU’RE

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beautiful and Beloved Asiatic Black Sisters
Of the Tribe of Shabazz!

More than any other grammatical mistake, this one irritates me the most. Whenever I see it, it is like someone scratching a chalk board. (Remember chalk boards? 😉 ) Anyway, it is my personal mission in life, to educate every one I possibly can on the difference between these two words.

First, “Your” is a possessive pronoun. It is used to show possession instead of using the noun.

If you are referring to a book that belongs to the person to whom you are writing, you would write, “That is your book.”

Generally, possession indicates ownership of a particular object. In the previous example, I used a book. It would also be used for other material possessions, such as a car, house, bike, etc. However, the possessive pronoun “your” should also be used for intangible objects, such as ideas, characteristics or emotions. For example:

– “We enjoyed your interpretation of John Coltrane’s Love Supreme.”

– “Do you have a minute? I really need your advice.”

It doesn’t necessarily have to refer to an object.

Now, “You’re” is a contraction. (Notice the apostrophe.) Contractions are two words that are combined to make one word. “You’re” is the contraction of “you” and “are”.

Instead of writing “You are…” you can just write “You’re…” You would use “you’re” in any instance where you would otherwise write “you are.”

Here are some examples of when to use “You’re”:

– “You’re an exceptional artist.”

– “The limo will take you wherever you’re going.”

– You’re going to have to light the candles before you turn off the light.”

Here is another one. Notice the differences.

– “Your carpet should cover the entire area under which you’re going to place your furniture.”

Please spread the word, so we can stop this travesty of grammar before it’s too late! 😉

THERE, THEIR, THEY’RE – What’s the difference???

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Dear Sisters,

This is pretty funny, even though I wouldn’t say I’m a grammar “Nazi.” I don’t want to show empathy towards the Jews, but you get the idea…

Basically, “there” signifies a location. Whenever you want to indicate where something is, was or will be, always use “there.” For example, you would write, “The book is there.”

 However, there are other instances when it would also be grammatically correct to use “there.” For instance:

There are billions of our people who need to hear the TRUTH.”

– “There is nothing I wouldn’t do to help save my people.”

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Their” is a possessive pronoun. It is used to show possession instead of using the noun.

If a book belongs to the children, you would write, “That is their book.”

Generally, possession indicates ownership of a particular object. In the previous example, I used a book. It would also be used for other material possessions, such as a car, house, bike, etc.  However, the possessive pronoun “their” should also be used when referring to intangible possessions, such as ideas, emotions or characteristics. For example:

– “We enjoyed their interpretation of John Coltrane’s Love Supreme.”

– “Their outlook on life is refreshingly positive.”

It doesn’t necessarily have to refer to a physical object.

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Now, “They’re” is a contraction. (Notice the apostrophe.) Contractions are two words that are combined to make one word.

“They’re” is a contraction of “they” and “are”. Instead of writing “They are…” you can just write, “They’re…”. You would write “they’re” whenever you would otherwise write they are.”

Here are some examples of when to use “They’re”:

– “They‘re going to have to plant more fig trees.”

– “The bus will take them wherever they’re going.”

– They‘re going to have to light the charcoal before burning the frankincense.”

Here are some more example sentences. Notice the differences.

– “They’re” anticipating a beautiful addition to their family.”  

– “Wherever they’re going to build the train, there is going to be an influx of new customers for their businesses.” 

WHO’S vs. WHOSE

Bismillah

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As-Salaamu ‘Alaikum Beloved and Beautiful Asiatic Sisters!

In this information age, we are communicating with each other via Internet on a daily basis. We want to always use proper grammar whenever we write, to show the greatest intelligence.

There is nothing that irritates me more than reading posts with improper grammar and misspelled words. I understand typos occur. But, Sisters, we should proofread EVERYTHING we post before pressing “Enter”.

You might recall I wrote a blog on “Who vs. Whom” a little while back. Well, this morning I remembered that I really didn’t know the difference between “Who’s” and “Whose.” So, I thought, “Why not look that up also?” I’m sure there are many others who also never learned the difference.

So, here’s the deal. You probably know “Who’s” is a contraction of “Who is”, right? So, you could write “Who’s minding the store?” as opposed to “Who is minding the store?”

On the other hand, if you want to know who owns the store, you would write, “Whose store is it?” “Whose” is a possessive pronoun. It is used to show ownership.

Get it? 🙂

Here are a few more examples:

– “Whose phone are you going to use?”

– “The person who’s bringing the flowers should be here soon.”

– “Whose flowers are they?”

We, are the wisest of all life on the Planet, Our Saviour taught Our Beloved Messenger (PBUH). We have to show the greatest intelligence at all times.

WHO vs. WHOM

Bismillahi Rahmani Rahim

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AS-SALAAMU ‘ALAIKUM!

Sisters, I have a degree in Journalism, and consider myself well-versed when it comes to words, however, the difference between these two words was never taught to me in any of the Colleges nor the University I attended. So, I decided to look them up myself.

What I found out is that who and whom are both pronouns, however WHO is used when referring to the SUBJECT of a question and WHOM is used when referring to the OBJECT of a sentence/question.

For example, I could ask, “Who ate the last piece of Bean Pie?”

“Who” is the subject because it is referring to the person who ate the last piece of Bean Pie. The subject of a sentence is the person doing the action.

On the other hand, if I ask, “To Whom did you serve the last piece of Bean Pie?”

“Whom” is the object of the sentence because it is referring to the person to whom the action was directed.

Here is another example.

“Whom are you courting, Brother?”

The Sister who is being courted is the OBJECT of the courtship as well as the question, so it would be grammatically correct to use the pronoun WHOM.

Conversely, if you were to ask the Sister the same question, you would ask, “Who is courting you, Sister?”

The Brother who is doing the courting is the SUBJECT of the courtship as well as the question, so it would be grammatically correct to use the pronoun WHO.