Top Ten Grammar Mistakes I See ALL THE TIME

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The Loony Teen Writer

There are two types of people: those who can’t stand it when people use “your” instead of “you’re,” and those who commit the crimes.

Fine, there are also people in between, but you’re ruining my point.

I’m one of the angry-when-people-use-grammar-wrong people. Like this:


Here are the top ten most common mistakes I see people making:

1) Affect/Effect

Effect is a noun.

Affect is a verb.

Think of it as “the effect of global warming” or “I affect global warming” (because, you know, I’m so hot).

Oh god, who told me I should write this post?

2) Its/It’s

It’s is a contraction of “it is.” If you’re talking about the rock’s feelings, you’re talking about its feelings, not it’s feelings.

Same with who’s/whose. If you mean “who is,” use “who’s,” otherwise it’s whose.

Examples: who’s my favourite Disney Princess?

Duh, she reads books.

3) Your/you’re

More contractions – yay! This…

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Time-travelling verb tenses must will have existed

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Brian Clegg’s entertaining pop-physics book Build Your Own Time Machine: The Real Science of Time Travel (2011) has a couple of amusing examples of how grammar gets wonky when you’re talking about time travel. The first example comes in a discussion of what’s called the block universe model, which encompasses “all of space and all time that will ever be”:

If the block universe is the correct picture, even if we managed to travel backward in time, we could never do anything that would change the future, at least within a particular quantum version of the universe. Because the future and the past already exist in the block, any action we take must already exist. (We have trouble with tenses emerging from time travel here. It might be more accurate to say that any action must will have existed.)

Later, Clegg talks about “Destination Day” in Perth…

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Grammar And Wars

“The greater part of the world’s troubles are due to questions of grammar.” — Montaigne

A fascinating discussion on the subject of grammar took place recently on Linkedin with the participation of some of the best minds in the writing business. Did Montaigne, the famous French essayist, really mean that grammar could cause wars, poverty, disease, and a multitude of other calamities?

Thumbnail for version as of 17:46, 16 April 2005Whenever a teacher mentions the word grammar in class, groans of frustration can be heard from most students. I have been a witness to English teachers who initiate their classes with a 10-minute span dedicated to reviewing grammar rules with clear examples of mistakes to avoid. This was in high school, but I am sure lower levels must also present the fundamentals of syntax, spelling, punctuation, and other writing niceties.

A man’s grammar, like Caesar’s wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.”
― Edgar…

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Words (February ’14)

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riposte ri-POHST, noun :

1. a quick, sharp return in speech or action; counterstroke: a brilliant riposte to an insult.

banal buh-NAL, -NAHL, BEYN-l, adjective:

devoid of freshness or originality; hackneyed; trite: a banal and sophomoric treatment of courage on the frontier.

perspicuous per-SPIK-yoo-uhs, adjective:

1. clearly expressed or presented; lucid.
2. perspicacious.

This perspicuous presentation makes possible that understanding which consists just.
— Iris Murdoch, Metaphysics as a Guide to Morals, 1992

litigious li-TIJ-uhs, adjective:

1. inclined to dispute or disagree; argumentative.
2. of or pertaining to litigation.
3. excessively or readily inclined to litigate: a litigious person.

misology mi-SOL-uh-jee, mahy-, noun:

distrust or hatred of reason or reasoning.

The ultimate consequence of misology is a kind of self-destruction in which what is destroyed is that aspect of the self represented by active reason.
— David A. White, Myth and…

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