Apr 6th, 2011, 1:02:31 PM
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I was given a book today as a gift, all about the intricacies of the English language. There's a page all on common mistakes, so I think I'd throw a few of these in for reference.
- When giving examples, it is better to use "such as" instead of "like". E.g. Houndoom has problems with bulky Water-types, such as Slowbro.
- In general, "since" should only be used in terms of chronology. If you are stating a reason, then use "because" or "due to". E.g. Because Porygon-Z is Normal-type and has low Defense, Mach Punches will kill it.
- For numbers smaller than 10, write it out in word form. Only for 10 and above should figures be used.
- May vs Might. "May" is to do with permission, thus most likely you will be using "might" in your writing. (Choice Specs Reshiram Overheat might OHKO Blissey in the Sun.)
- Rising vs Raising. "Raising" means to physically elevate, and such should be avoided when talking about stat-up moves. It's usually more grammatically correct to say "increase" or "boost". Rising means to actually go up, and as such, the in-game text actually says "X (sharply) rose!", so we should aim to use that.
- When comparing things, to "compare to" is to measure similarity, whereas to "compare with" is to measure difference.
- When counting objects, "how much" is used for non-unitary objects, such as water, damage, etc., while "how many" is used for countable objects, such as "how many layers of Spikes are in play?"
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