Sneak, Drag, Lead, Use (not enough time)

Every night, when I was a child, my mother drug me (not literally) upstairs to do my grammar homework. One night, I snuck out of the house. She found me only a few blocks away and lead me home. How can I learn to like grammar since I use to hate it?

Study and memorize a few grammar points every day by using real-life situations to make the ideas more meaningful. Your letter is an exceptional place to start:

You used drug as the past tense for drag, whose past tense is dragged.
The past tense for sneak isn’t snuck: it’s sneaked.
The past tense of lead is led

And the past tense of use is used (I used to stay up all night, but now I go to bed early). In this particular use of used, the s sounds like an s, not a z, and the d is silent.

As a child, I used to dream that when I sneaked (I was never dragged) upstairs to complete my grammar homework, I would become a famous grammarian via an extremely popular blog, even though we didn’t have blogs or even computers back then — and I really didn’t dream that.


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Hallie Belt, M.A. and B.A., English Literature