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Thursday, August 24, 2017

"Bare Essentials Bits": A Weekly Podcast on Grammar and Writing

Do you know when to use "then" or "than" or "their", "there", or "they're"? 

If you aren't sure, then listen to MANA's new audio series, Bare Essentials Bits: All You Wanted to Ask About a Grammatical/
Writing Tidbit but Were Too Embarrassed To Ask!

The 5-minute audio will address a spelling challenge or grammatical issue that stumps or confuses writers. For instance: Do you know when to use "its" and "it's"? The series will also explore punctuation marks, apostrophes and commas.  And so, for anyone challenged by a grammatical tidbit, listen to Bare Essentials Bits!  To download more formats, including mp3, click on the Internet Archive icon of the right-hand side of the player.

If you have any questions that you would like to ask, feel free to email MANA at info@marketingnewauthors.com for an explanation.

In this podcast, we answer the questions, "When do you use a semicolon, a colon, or an ellipsis?" Listen to this week's episode to find out:



1. What's the difference between "affect" vs. "effect" and how are they used? Click HERE to listen for the answer on the August 10, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

2. When do you use "come" vs. "came"? "did" vs. "done"?  run" vs. "ran"? saw" vs. "seen"?Click HERE to listen to the August 17, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

3. When do you use "there," "they're," and "their"? Click HERE to listen to the August 23, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

4. How do you use the apostrophe mark when a noun ends in "s"? Click HERE to listen to the August 31, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

5. Hw do you use the apostrophe mark with contractions? Click HERE to listen to the September 6, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

6. This podcast further focuses on the apostrophe mark with contractions! Click HERE to listen to the September 14, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

7. Did you know that there are "rules" when it comes to commas? Click HERE to listen to the September 20, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

8. This podcast focuses on five set of vocabulary spelling challenges, including woman vs. women; allot vs. alot vs a lot; thorough vs. through vs. thru. Click HERE to listen to the September 27, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

9. A  prepositional phrase ends with a noun or pronoun, but how do you know which one to use? For instance, is it, "Just between you and me" or "Just between you and I"? Click HERE to listen to the October 5, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

10. This podcast focuses on when to put an "S" at the end of a verb. For instance, if you have sentence beginning with the singular pronouns, He, She or It, and are speaking in present tense, add an "S" to the verb that follows the pronoun. For example: He goes to the store. So, should all verbs end in "S"? Find out by clicking HERE to listen to the October 12, 2017 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

11. So what is a reflexive pronoun and when do you use it? Listen to the October 19, 2017 episode HERE to find out.

12. Did you know that sometimes we have problems using the pronoun, you? Listen to the October 25, 2017 episode HERE to discover the use and misuse of the pronoun. 

13. In this podcast, we answer the question, "What is a subjunctive mood"? Listen to the October 25, 2017 episode HERE to find out.




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