Credit for today's post goes to the hysterically talented Kristan Higgins. You may have hated grammar in school, but I promise you'll think differently after this!
The following articles first appeared in Connections, Connecticut RWA's monthly newsletter.
Gerard Butler Grammar Quiz: I vs. Me
Oh, stop! You love grammar! You just don't know it yet. Take my little quiz and
see how much fun you have.
A) That's a great picture of Gerard Butler and I.
B) That's a great picture of Gerard Butler and me.
C) It meant a lot to Gerard and I that you burned those porno shots of the two
Only B is correct. An easy way to get the proper answer here is if you just
deleted Gerard Butler (which of course I'd never do), you'd say "me." That's a
great picture of me. Same if Gerard's in the picture (and we hope he still
is).and therefore we have B.
A) Me and Gerard are getting married in June.
B) I and Gerard are getting married in June.
C) Gerard and I are getting married in June, and we plan to have a long and
The grammatically correct sentence is C. For the record, the first person
pronoun (I or me) always comes second. It's just polite, like serving the guest
first. And again, if you'd say I (as in I'm getting married), you'd say Gerard
and I. Not Me and Gerard. Because he won't marry you if sound like a dope.
Gerard Butler Grammar Quiz: Affect vs. Effect
Which of the following is correct?
A) The affect that Gerard Butler has on women and gay men is undeniable.
B) I was deeply effected by the way Gerard tore off his shirt.
C) The effect of Gerard's kiss was that I slipped him some Rohypnol and
dragged him off to Vegas for a quicky wedding.
The answer is, of course, C. Effect is a noun, as in "cause and effect." Affect
is a verb. Gerard's smoky blue eyes affect us chicks. The effect of those eyes
is devastating. True! So true!
Gerard Butler Grammar Quiz: Its vs. It's
Which of these is correct?
A) Its so nice to have Gerard take his shirt off in a movie.
B) It's even better if he wears a kilt.
C) The movie, its actors and script were pointless, at least until Gerard Butler
had that love scene.
Ah.it was a trick question. B and C are both correct. When one uses an
apostrophe, it's to indicate that a letter is missing or to designate possession
(Kristan, Gerard's wife) In the case of "it's" the missing letter is the "I" in
"is." "Its" (no apostrophe) indicates ownership.
The kilt, its fasteners having melted in my laser-hot stare, fell to the floor.
"It's getting steamy in here," I murmured.
"'Tis," Gerard breathed.
Note the apostrophe in front of "'tis"-because I deleted the letter "I" from the
implied word "It."
Thanks, Gerard! You're the best, baby!
Kristan Higgins is the RITA©-award winning author of six romantic comedies and a devout Gerard Butler afficianado. Her latest book, All I Ever Wanted, received four and a half stars from Romantic Times.
Emily here again. Never knew grammar could be so much fun, did you?
Ok, if Gerard Butler doesn't help you remember these little rules, which hunky male would you substitute?