Is it Takeoff or Take Off?
I edit with my browser minimized. That way I can pull up Google Search and check the spelling on words immediately.~
The latest check was for
What I found out is that takeoff is the noun for the process of taking off in an airplane. But take off is the phrasal verb for doing so.
So, I quickly did a Word Find and Replace to locate the term take off so I could make all corrections consistently
Not that simple. What I discovered is that in speaking, which is what a memoir is very closely related to, the author often uses the prepositions he is comfortably used to in actual speech. Some prepositions seem best used with nouns, some with verbs.
Furthermore, a man who flew in WWII but wrote his memoirs in 1987-8 will not always make the noun/verb distinction in prepositions. So does the term describing the plane lifting off the ground act like a verb or a noun? Should a better
Oh well, I will let the co-author, his son Fred, decide on the final wording of the sentence. I suppose I had better write a comment in the tracking of the passage to alert him that the sentence might be a bit awkward. I will ask him if he has any suggestions.
Look for the publication of this book The Dark Angel Turns Away to be published by the
first week of March 2019 as a Kindle ebook.
New info: publication has been delayed. It is now May and the book is just about ready for publication. My apologies to those of you who are waiting to read this gem of a memoir. Family commitments and other issues have delayed me in getting the book posted to Amazon.
The good news is that an entire chapter has been added in the interim that describes what happened to the Lady Lightnin‘ during her combat lifespan.~~Val