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What are some common grammar/usage errors that drive you nuts every time you see them?


 

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Kathleen Cochran says

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    Loca Orr (locaj) 2 years ago

    I like that last sentence.


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    DawnM Samora (DawnMSamora) 2 years ago

    Yes krillco,

    I was also thinking "to" and "too". I get texts that are misspelled with these words and it drives me crazy! How about when someone misuses "are" and "our"? How can that happen? Writing is our passion. That is why errors bother us so mu

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    Rochelle Frank 2 years ago

    I live in a historical California Gold Rush area. The nearby town has a western-themed coffee shop called Pony Expresso.


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    Twilight Lawns 2 years ago

    Ah! This is what we call the Grocers' Apostrophe... or the Grocer's Apostrophe, when there is only one Grocer ruining the English language.


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    Liz Elias (DzyMsLizzy) 2 years ago

    E-books are BAD for this problem! I've even had whole pages, or a series of pages missing!

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    Lori Colbo (lambservant) 2 years ago

    peach purple - uh huh. I have a friend who in email messages seems illiterate for this very reason. I know for a fact she is not. Sometimes It is hard to follow. Also, she is in such a hurry she leaves words out. Running sentences drive me nuts.


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    Dee aka Nonna 2 years ago

    I find this such a good answer. I, too, heard those things not just in my head but when I am around people who speak differently. There are so many dialects and just family and regional differences. The errors happen but we keep trying.


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    Twilight Lawns 2 years ago

    I completely agree. If someone makes errors on a "grand scale" I stop reading. If they can't string a few words together without punctuation & homophone errors, their content may also be as flawed. We should it out to them but does kindness forbi

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    Twilight Lawns 2 years ago

    Brilliant answer. I love it when someone knows what he is talking about and does it so eloquently as you, Electro-Denizen.

    As an ex-school master, I am horrified to hear people subscribing to the "language evolving" idea.

    Rules is rules, Innit!


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    Twilight Lawns 2 years ago

    And the reason those people continue to make those errors is due to people like you making statements like that.

    What is the point of there being rules and standards in a language if they are flouted or ignored?

    If the "info or message is a good one


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    Gene Poschman (gposchman) 2 years ago

    It is a delightful article too. But if bad English and punctuation drive you crazy, read the article with a really good port, it goes down better that way.


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    Twilight Lawns 2 years ago

    Hello, DzyMsLizzy.

    It's like a blast from the past... Missed you!

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    Twilight Lawns 2 years ago

    A strong point with me. One of my favourite radio presenters, a man of virtually unflawed intelligence and vocabulary, constantly says "... according to him and I" and the like. It hurts the ear! Well, it hurts mine.


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    Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago

    In newspapers any number under 10 is spelled out. But they deal with the issue of space. Many things are different in proper English, as anyone who loves red, white and blue commas in simple series will tell you.


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    Kathleen Cochran 2 years ago

    Damned straight. Nothing can be very historic either or the first annual. The man on the street may say these things, but if you are flippin going to write like a professional writer - know your craft.


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