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Sports writer looking for Grammar help

Discussion in 'Writers' Workshop' started by Vincent Miracle, Mar 4, 2016.

  1. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    It seems confusing, but there's logic behind it.

    "Two" home runs ... is just a number. But "3 for 4 at the plate" is a statistic.

    "Smith gained seven yards on first down, taking the ball to the 3." "seven" is a number -- the number of yards. But "3" is the yard marker on the field.
  2. NNDman

    NNDman Member

    Another excellent thread thanks primarily to HandsomeHarley.
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  3. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    Thanks, NND. Wish some in our newsroom respected wisdom and skills!

    Here's another slight annoyance to consider: You cut a deficit, not a lead.

    "The Cowboys cut the lead to six." Ungh-uh.

    One of my biggest challenges: How the hell do you spell the word for someone shaking their head no? I used to love reading Calvin and Hobbes (who didn't!?) because every once in a while, Watterson would throw a word in there that you've likely never seem spelled, such as "Hocch!" to cough up a loogie.
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  4. NNDman

    NNDman Member

    What are your thoughts about "that." he said that.. She said that.....
  5. HandsomeHarley

    HandsomeHarley Well-Known Member

    I think that if you read the sentence and it sounds better with the word in it, go with it.

    However, I think it is used too often.

    See what I did there? ;)
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