Sunday, February 12, 2012

Errors in Grammar

I found it interesting this week when I googled my blog and it was voted one of the top 20 etiquette blogs out there.  I have to ask my self who did the voting?  I mean, this is a little blog, not monetized, not associated with any commercial causes and not trying to sell anything. Who on earth can even find this blog-out of about 500,000+ blogs out there in cyberspace?

Okay, I'll just go with it.  I guess it is time to blog about a topic on manners/etiquette though. I haven't had one in months, so here goes...

Grammatical errors...do they even teach this in school anymore?  I hear so many younger people have such glaring errors in grammar, I figure they either weren't taught grammar or they have become so desensitized by text messaging in short hand, they don't even realize they are errors any longer.

I do not profess to be an English teacher. Lord knows I make my share of grammatical errors too, but I do try. One site I read had the title, "The Top Ten Grammar Errors That Make You Look Stupid".  Unfortunately that is exactly the case, if you have bad grammar, you won't get the promotion, the new job, or the social invitation.  Bottom line, just by speaking you are embarrassing yourself.

So, here you go, feel free to add your own in the comment section.
1. Run on sentences. Finish a thought. End it with a period or pause. Take a breath.  Go on with the next sentence.  Do not make people dizzy by listening to the everlasting run on sentence.

2. Always put yourself last.  It is not "I and my friends".  It is always "my friends and I".  Another example would be, "Me, Sally and Jen went to the concert." No, that should read, Sally, Jen and I went to the concert."

3. I actually made this error in #2. To drive the point home... when to use him/he, her/she, or me/I. This often happens, "Him and me drove to the movie". That would be incorrect.  When in doubt, separate the sentence to just one person. For example, it does not sound right to say, "Him drove to the movie". It sounds better to say, "He drove to the movie". It does not sound right to say "Me drove to the movie". It sounds better to say, "I drove to the movie".  The variation on this, "Him and I drove to the movie" is also incorrect.  Take it apart and try it out for yourself.

4. The double negative: We all know this to be true, but again, we get a little lackadaisical about our speech. It is obvious to hear that this is incorrect; "Nobody heard nothing." We all can tell that if you say that, somebody heard something! But let's make it a little more complicated. "Barely no one noticed the torn hemline." That is incorrect.  It should be "barely anyone noticed the torn hemline."

5. There is no such word as irregardless. If you want to use that is a sentence, tell yourself it should be "regardless".

6. If in doubt google the word to find out the correct conjugation. for example, the word "buy".  To conjugate this, it is "buy, bought and bought". Putting this in a sentence, you would say, "I buy gum once a year." "I bought gum last month." "I have bought gum once a year for the last decade." Not, "I have boughten gum in the last  decade."

6. The use of a/an. Everyone thinks you use a in front of a consonant and "an" in front of a vowel. For example; "a cow is in the field" or "an apple falls off the tree".  But this is not always the case, as some consonants have vowel-like sounds. What do you say if it is the letter "M"? It can vary, if it is "an M" or if you say it is "a monkey".  The first example, the "M" sounds like "em".

7. Misspellings:  We all misspell, even with auto correct, maybe especially with auto-correct! But here are a couple tips on some common errors.
lose/loose: You lose the game.  You have a loose tooth.
Definitely; no a in this word.  If you have a question, take the root of the word, "definite".  It is not "definate".

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