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Reintroducing "Bare Essentials Bits"—The Audio Series


In 2017, DR C introduced a weekly audio series titled, Bare Essentials Bits: All You Wanted to Ask About a Grammatical/Writing Tidbit but Were Too Embarrassed To Ask!

Each 5-minute audio addresses a spelling challenge or grammatical issue that stumps or confuses writers, such as knowing when to use then or than or their, there, or they'reThe series also explored punctuation marks, apostrophes, and commas.

Because of the solid response we received from listeners, we decided to repost the audio series since the grammar tips remain relevant.

If you still have questions about grammar or punctuation after listening to any of the episodes, feel free to email Dr. Fairy Hayes-Scott at info@marketingnewauthors.com. Put: "Bare Essentials Bits—Got a Question" on the subject line. Thank you! 

Now, enjoy the Bare Essentials Bits audio series! 

Audio Series

1. What's the difference between "affect" vs. "effect" and how are they used? Listen below for the answer.



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

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

5. How do you use the apostrophe mark with contractions? Click HERE to listen to the episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

6. This podcast further focuses on the apostrophe mark with contractions! Click HERE to listen to the 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 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 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 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 a sentence beginning with the singular pronouns, He, She or It, and are speaking in the 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 episode on MANA's Internet Archive page.

11. What is a reflexive pronoun and when do you use it? Go HERE to listen to the episode to find out.

12. Did you know that sometimes we have problems using the pronoun, you? Go 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 episode HERE to find out.

14. In this podcast, you will learn, "When do you use a semicolon, a colon, or an ellipsis mark?" Listen to the episode HERE.

15. In this podcast, you'll learn more about punctuation. We'll focus on the dash, hyphen, brackets, parentheses, and ellipsis mark. Listen to the episode HERE.

16. So, what are pronoun-antecedent errors? Listen to the episode HERE. 

17. This one is all about verbs. Listen to the final episode HERE


Want more "bits" about grammar? Then check out the book, Bare Essentials Bits—The Book: Providing the Puzzle Pieces of Good Grammar, Precise Punctuation, and 
Accurate Word Choice on MANA's website by clicking HERE: 









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