Saturday, September 3, 2011

When to use “who," "that" and "which" when writing standard English.

Here are a few simple hints to help you decide whether to use “who,” “that,” or “which” in the sentences that you write.

Use “who” when referring to people. For example: The man who answered the phone was very polite.
Use "that" for clauses that define something specific and provide necessary information. For example: The cake that I made yesterday was delicious. (You are talking about a specific cake.)
Use "which" for clauses that can be removed without changing the meaning of the sentence. The movie, which I saw yesterday, was about a war hero.

Clauses that begin with “which” can be placed between commas or in between parentheses.

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Listen With Your Heart

Listen with your heart as well as your ears. Sometimes it’s what people don’t say that speaks the loudest. Often, when people appear to be very angry, they are really just hurt. Ask them if they want to talk. If they do, listen to them, and be kind. You don’t have to try to solve their problem, just let them vent.

Wednesday, August 31, 2011

I love to read books that are set in the South. Here’s another one that left me with a wonderful, uplifting feeling. Saving Cee Cee Honeycutt takes place in Savannah, Georgia. The characters are colorful and believable and portray all the charm and manners one might expect from Southern women. 

Her father has long since left young Cee Cee alone to take care of her mother who has lost all touch with reality and parades around town wearing prom dresses purchased at the Goodwill Store. Her life is one of loneliness and shameful isolation until she goes to live with her Great Aunt in Savannah. An entirely new life awaits her, and she discovers what Southern hospitality really means.