It’s been awhile since my last scintillating, comment-less post.
Since our introduction to Ivy, we have learnt an important lesson in chapters 2 through 4 of The Rush: it needed a better editor.
Numerous times, we* come across the incorrect use of the word “you’re.” As in, the author uses “you’re” when it should be “your.”
Me, personally? I’m not the best editor. I am a writer, and I often make small mistakes during drafts, including drafts of my blog posts. I probably often make large mistakes, too, since, in general, the idea of what I am writing is more important to me than the proper grammar for what I am trying to say. And that is okay. We need idea people. But we also need grammar people, to help make the ideas of the idea people sing with clarity, and also not be annoying to the readers reading them.
The problem with using the improper form of your or you’re is that the sentence ceases to make sense. You don’t say “The rain fell on you are sweater, and now it is wet and potentially ruined.” Yet, that is what you are saying when you write: “The rain fell on you’re sweater, and now it is wet and potentially ruined.”
I’m going to keep reading, guys. But I’m probably not going to like it.
*I am making the potentially entirely mistaken assumption that you, gentle reader, are scrolling your eyeballs amongst this book’s e-pages along with me, attempting to make sense of the order in which the author has put her words. #goodluck