Tuesday, April 1, 2014

Blogging from A to Z - today's words are adjective and Ava

Welcome to day one of Blogging from A to Z. If you didn't visit my blog on theme reveal day, I plan to honor the name of my blog with both writing/grammar tips and pictures of horses that I either currently own or have owned in the past. These tips are intended to be useful in everyday writing, not obscure things that only belong in academia.

Today's grammar lesson is when to use commas between a list of adjectives. The rule is to put commas between coordinate adjective - but what is a coordinate adjective? They are adjectives that modify the same noun. If you can use "and" instead of the comma and it still makes sense, then the comma is appropriate.

My gray, dappled horse is named Avashar Solitare. It could also read: My gray and dappled horse...

My gray endurance horse is named Avashar Solitare. It wouldn't make sense to say: My gray and endurance horse...

Nw for the fun part. This is Ava. She's a 7yo arab mare. Although she's small, she used to be a racehorse. Now we race (much slower) across mountain terrains for 50 miles or more in a day.

Our first ride this spring will be on Antelope Island - an island in the Great Salt Lake.

What animals have you had that start with A?


  1. That is one gorgeous horse!!! She's so beautiful. And a great grammar lesson. :)

    I've owned an... Abyssinian! Wonderful cats. So small and full of character.

    Great start to the month! See you soon.

    Alex Hurst, fantasy author in Japan, participating in Blogging A-Z April Challenge.

  2. That horse is beautiful. My best friend owns horses. I was sad to leave her and them behind when I moved. They were such magnificent creatures!

    Happy A-Zing!

    AJ's wHooligan in the A-Z Challenge

  3. Love the pictures and the useful comma tips. Thanks!

  4. wow! i've always loved grey horses and dappled. so gorgeous.

  5. Very cool pics of your horse! I cannot think of an animal I've had that starts with an A though.
    Shawn at Laughing at Life 2

  6. We have an A in our house, a Jungle Carpet Python called 'Arsenic' (it's a joke because he's not poisonous). Beautiful horse, thanks for sharing and good luck with the challenge.

    1. I've always wanted to sit at my computer with a big-ass snake wrapped around my neck. My cat, who currently occupies that spot, wouldn't be impressed.

  7. My mother has a welsh mountain pony whose nickname is ASBO. It's full name is Alexander, but ASBO is short for Anti-social behaviour order - a penalty to minor crimes here in the UK as he was a very naughty little foal :)


    1. Love that! I had a mare I named FF Maya. Sometimes that stood for fleet-footed. Other times...not.

    2. scruffy-duck - I can't find the comment button on your blog, but beautiful poem, and wordpress hates me.

    3. Yeah it's not obvious with that design is it. Maybe I need to change it.

  8. Wonderful theme, Marlene, and what a gorgeous grey! I'm popping in from the A-Z Challenge and am so happy to find your blog. I'll keep visiting...