Which is correct? Backyard, back yard, or back-yard?
The first thing to learn are the eight parts of speech. We covered the first three in the last post: nouns, pronouns, and verbs. Let’s do the next two: adjectives and adverbs.
A common error among young writers is to heap on the adjectives and adverbs, while more experienced writers prefer to concentrate on nouns and verbs, using modifiers selectively. Mark Twain famously hyperbolized: “When you catch an adjective, kill it.” But let’s be reasonable.