When I handed my novel over to my husband for a final proofread, this is one of the major issues he picked up on. Not surprisingly, this error had made it through my editor, and the other proofreaders (friends and family), who’d read the book. It’s an easy mistake to make, but also, an easy one to fix!
Bought is the past tense of buy. Neither word has an r in it. “Today I am going to buy a book.” v’s “Yesterday I bought a book.”
Brought is the past tense of bring. Both begin with br. “I am going to bring cupcakes to the party.” v’s “Yesterday I brought cupcakes to the party.”
Since Reckless Rescue is set on a planet with only about a hundred occupants, there aren’t any shops, and not much buying! My husband picked up almost all of the instances of bought instead of brought, but I went through and did a search just in case. (Manually, so I didn’t accidentally mix up the few instances where bought was correct.)
What words do you mix up? Any good tips for keeping them straight?
All this month I’m participating in the A-Z blogging challenge, writing a blog post for each letter of the alphabet, on every day of the month except Sundays. Check back regularly to see what else I have in store for you.