Grammar Tip: Supposed To vs Suppose To

I have a quick and simple tip for you today:

Grammar Tip: Supposed to Vs Suppose to

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When using the phrase supposed to do NOT omit the d. Suppose to is incorrect, ALWAYS.

For Example: Piper is supposed to finish writing her essay this afternoon. (It is not correct to write “Piper is suppose to finish writing her essay this afternoon.”)

For Example: Are you supposed to go to the library today? (Again, It is not correct to write “Are you suppose to go to the library today?”)

Easy fix. Just remember to keep the d!

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What are Homographs?

Remember when I explained the difference between homophones and homonyms? I didn’t want to confuse you by adding homographs into the mix but they are also a source of confusion for people. Therefore, I am going to briefly explain them now.

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Image by ArtsyBee (2015) via Pixabay, CCO Public Domain

Homographs are words are DIFFERENT in (sometimes) ORIGIN, MEANING, and (usually) PRONUNCIATION but have the SAME SPELLING.

For example: Wind and wind are homographs. They have a DIFFERENT (but similar) ORIGIN, a DIFFERENT MEANING, and a DIFFERENT PRONUNCIATION but have the SAME SPELLING. (The wind is strong today. Make sure you wInd up the string tightly so it doesn’t fall apart.)

In this example the first wind has the short vowel “i” and the second wind has a long vowel “i”.

It is all about context and clarity so when you proofread your work don’t forget to double-check your homonyms, homophones and homographs!

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My New Favorite Time Management Tip

SCHEDULE EVERYTHING

I learned this from Anastacia Brice. I’m almost embarrassed to admit that I’m one of those who have heard her talk about this before but it just flew over my head – until recently.

My New Favorite Time Management Tip

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After reading her post about scheduling, I decided to give it a go. I am rather good at time management; however, there are a few things that have been falling through the cracks lately so I knew I needed to tweak my system. Therefore, I got out my calendar and scheduled absolutely everything I need and wanted to do.  And I mean everything!

I started by scheduling my wake up time, bed, time, prayer time, exercise time, housework, and all personal time. Then I scheduled everything that was for my son, Andrew that required my time or assistance such as taking him to his sports or other activities. In the fall, I will add all of his homeschooling tasks. With the time I had left, I added everything else such as checking emails, appointments, returning calls, and most importantly, my writing time.

Next, it was time to start implementing the schedule. I have been following this system for about a month now and it is working beautifully! I’m not as overwhelmed as I was before and I am making smarter choices in how I use my time. I’ve even built in some buffer time so that I’m not running from one thing to the next. I don’t always follow it perfectly, but my time management is worlds apart from what it was AND those things that fell through the cracks? They’ve finally been dealt with. 🙂

If you are feeling overwhelmed, not getting your writing time in, or just looking to tweak your time management skills, I highly recommend you follow Anastacia’s advice. And if you do, let me know how it works for ya!

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