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Debbie's Spurts

Just an avid reader. Mostly SF/Fantasy, some hobbies, paranormal, urban fantasy and lighter, fluffier things.


Currently reading

Wild Things
Chloe Neill
Progress: 51 %
Dark Queen
Faith Hunter
Progress: 1 %
Magic Rises
Ilona Andrews
Progress: 100 %
The Black Company: The First Novel of 'The Chronicles of The Black Company'
Glen Cook
Progress: 100 %
Shannon Mayer
Progress: 100 %
Amazing Stories: Fall 2018
Steve Fahnestalk, Gary Dalkin, Robert Silverberg, Kameron Hurley, Julie Czerneda, Jack Clemons, Dave Creek, Drew Hayden Taylor, Paul Levinson, Shirley Meier, Allen Steele, Rudy Rucker, Lawrence Watt-Evans, Steve Davidson
Progress: 1 %
A Match Made in Spell: Lexi Balefire, Matchmaking Witch
Regina Welling, Erin Lynn
A Thousand Words for Stranger
Julie E. Czerneda
Spinning Silver
Naomi Novik
Witches With the Enemy
Barb Hendee

Favorite Book Quotes

"Never interrupt your enemy while he is making a mistake"— Lois McMaster Bujold







Did I miss a change in grammar rules?

If so, it wouldn't be the first time.  I took a long time to catch on to new rules for things like semicolons.


I've been noticing so very many books lately that use or omit articles (a, an and the) in ways that are odd to me.  I also see it happening with small words like to, be, and at.


At first, I thought it was just a few books.  Possibly just an author or translator not a native speaker of language in which book was published.  Possibly just the indies because I was cleaning off a lot of older downloads and trying out some kindle unlimited offerings.  


But, I've been paying more attention.  Even books from favorite, traditionally published authors seem odd.


Meaning a phrase I think should be "...needs to be done ..."  might be in book as "...needs to done..." or "...needs be to be done..." type of things.


UPDATE:  I'll update as I remember more or spot new examples.


• "...on a such a task..." - I think has extra "a" article

• "...ate like man..."  - I think has omitted "a" article