January 19th, 2006

Spock Strange

Proper grammar?

I usually use Microsoft Word to type my book reports, saving them on my computer and then copying them into my journal. The spell-checker has a problem with a sentence structure. This is what I wrote:

"She begins to uncover clues that lead her to a growing list of suspects, including a few whom Angel never thought could have committed such crimes."

According the the spelling checker, the grammar rule states: The form of the marked pronoun needs to reflect its function in your sentence
Instead of: They want to hire I.
Consider: They want to hire me.
Instead of: Them are the happiest boys on Earth.
Consider: They are the happiest boys on Earth.
Instead of: Us campers went home when it snowed.
Consider: We campers went home when it snowed.

So when I asked it to change the sentence to proper English grammar, this is what I got:

"She begins to uncover clues that lead she to a growing list of suspects, including a few whom Angel never thought could have committed such crimes."

I've reread these two sentences and I still think the first one is right! You could take the word out completely without a problem: "She begins to uncover clues that lead to a growing list of suspects, including a few whom Angel never thought could have committed such crimes." but to me the second (proper grammar) sentence doesn't make sense.

I guess it's another Microsoft Office glitch like the Cheap Spellchecker joke:

Eye halve a spelling chequer
It came with my pea sea
It plainly marques four my revue
Miss steaks eye kin knot sea.
Eye strike a key and type a word
And weight four it two say
Weather eye am wrong oar write
It shows me strait a weigh.
As soon as a mist ache is maid
It nose bee fore two long
And eye can put the error rite
Its rare lea ever wrong.
Eye have run this poem threw it
I am shore your pleased two no
Its letter perfect awl the weigh
My chequer tolled me sew.
-Sauce unknown
Skull

Book finished: As Good As Dead

I just finished #3 As Good As Dead by Patricia H. Rushford. I rate it a 9. Collapse )

I'm currently reading Guardians of the Keep by Carol Berg and will be starting the last Patricia H. Rushford book that I have, a non-series book entitled Sins of the Mother. And may I say that it was quite a shock that while looking this book up on her website to find 2 blinking eyes just like my default icon staring back at me from the webpage!
In looking over the website, I've found a book I don't have that has the same character as Sins of the Mother entitled Morningsong with a publishing date 5 years earlier than this one so I'll be putting this one back on the shelf until I've read Morningsong. Just as well, though; three books within 24 hours is a bit much any more.
And as I'm looking at the almost identical reviews for Morningsong, which is listed as Romantic Suspense and Sins of the Mother, which is just listed as Suspense I took a look at the copyright page and after all this runaround: Morningsong is the original title of Sins of the Mother so I can read it after all! After a long walk and a bit of sleep!
Spock Strange

Book purchase

I bought 3 books today:
The last book of The Cloudmage trilogy, Heir of Stone by S. L. Farrell. This came as a surprise, I didn't know he was done writing it.
A new Steve Perry book: The Musashi Flex. A local author I haven't seen published in quite a while.
The 4th book in The Bridge of D'Arneth series, Daughter of Ancients by Carol Berg. I checked out the first three from the Library but they don't have the latest one.