Back in the days when
Dinosaur poop was far more prevalent than the human stuff, I learned a form of the
English language...and regrettably, being the overwhelmingly adoring mother that I am, I passed it on to my offspring.
I must say
MY form of this language is not as difficult to decipher as say the language used with such ongoing praise for the likes of
WILLIAM SHAKESPEARE...may I take a moment here and thank Mrs. Whitney, my eleventh grade English teacher at
Council Rock High School. She did not force us to go cross-eyed over the convoluted prose of Shakespeare...instead she had us reading
GONE WITH THE WIND. I'll suffer through the "Fiddle-de-dee's" with much more adoration than Shakespeare's far more classic approach to literary genius any day.
GONE WITH THE WIND was the first HUGE book I'd ever read, and I can still see me sitting in my parent's front living room,
curled up in the upholstered rocking chair reading with such glee it took me only one weekend day to read it cover to cover,
I HATED the end, but oh how I loved that book AND that teacher.
What has that got to do with this posting on my dinosaur poop?
I was enchanted by GONE WITH THE WIND but I couldn't begin to tell you if it was
a passive voice or not. In fact I'm not exactly sure WHAT a passive voice is...and because I am that loving creature, a MOM, I passed on my confused comprehension of the English language to my daughter.
(I'm not all that sure about my son since his language of choice is Japanese, and he would ask his sister how to spell English words like "a" and "is". So I don't know if I warped HIS approach to committing the English language into a storytelling medium.)
What IS passive? And what exactly IS NON-PASSIVE?
We both want to learn, but just as it is hard to teach
old dogs to go from
meowing, Kat and I are struggling to understand what we are doing wrong.
What makes a story that
SEEMS to have the tension of the moment, passive?
I have had my "Was's" and "had's" exorcised to the point they no longer existed only to have them put back in again during a later process.
What IS a passive voice? And what exactly IS the alternative?
I go now and try to decipher this mystery and hopefully learn whatever it is that is NOT supposed to be there...but I fear that I am one of those old dogs that just cannot grasp the mechanics of