Spelling and Grammatical Errors

Diane 2010/09/01 21:08:46
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Yes. Here are some of mine.
No. You do have too much time on your hands.
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If you're like me, you wince when you read common grammatical and spelling errors. There are so many common errors that are made, even by professionals, that it can get annoying.

Here are some of my grammatical and spelling error pet peeves.

1. Using loose, looser, or loosing when you mean lose, loser, or losing.

Loose is the opposite of tight.

Lose is the opposite of win.

2. "Alot" is not a word. It's two words. For example: I have a lot of time on my hands.

3. Sometimes the phrase "he and I" is incorrect.

Correct: He and I went to the store.

Incorrect: Susan visited he and I.

Correct: Susan visited him and me.

Remember, if you would not say "Susan visited he" and if you would not say "Susan visited I", why would you say "Susan visited he and I"?

When used as the subject of the sentence, use he and I. When used as the object, use him and me.

4. Misuse of apostrophes.

Their = Belonging to them

There = a place, not here

They're = contraction of "they are"

Its = belonging to it - do not use apostrophe

It's = contraction of "it is" - use apostrophe

whose = belonging to whom

who's = contraction of "who is"

your = belonging to you

you're = contraction of "you are"

5. Confusing "too" and "to"

Too means "to an excessive degree" or "also."

To means "toward."

Do you have any grammatical or spelling error pet peeves?
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  • Papillon 2010/11/01 15:22:33
  • Diane Papillon 2010/11/02 05:31:39
    I feel the same way. I try to disregard their bad grammar and spelling, but it's difficult for me to fight the impulse to correct them. That's why I started this blog. I had to get it out of my system.
  • Papillon Diane 2010/11/02 13:03:29
  • Diane Papillon 2010/11/02 15:03:39
    You and I share the love of the proper use of the English language. We don't share the same political views. But that's okay.
  • Papillon Diane 2010/11/03 13:27:25 (edited)
  • Diane Papillon 2010/11/03 14:16:15 (edited)
    That's a good attitude. The one thing that's more distasteful than bad grammar is name-calling.

    I like to post respectful, but persuasive, comments, backed up by facts and links to mainstream articles that support my argument.
  • Papillon Diane 2010/11/03 14:48:04
  • Diane Papillon 2010/11/03 14:54:17
    I do that on occasion as well. It's hard to resist responding in kind. I do try to resist, because I know that name-calling is not a persuasive argument.
  • Papillon Diane 2010/11/04 11:54:37
  • UrbanHillbilly 2010/09/17 16:15:23
    No. You do have too much time on your hands.
    As long as the meaning is clear, spelling and grammatical errors are ok. Personally, I mistype, skip words, and don't have a spelling checker in my browser. I often compound errors as I revise my ideas. Jumping on these errors can empower people to ridicule others without addressing the point.

    Of course, there is the limit. When somebody has too many errors to be understood, they need to be asked to clear up what they have written.
  • Diane UrbanHi... 2010/09/17 16:18:02 (edited)
    I agree. I don't point out the errors of others. If I disagree with them, I'd better have a better argument than that.
  • Skip 2010/09/12 17:59:48
    Yes. Here are some of mine.
    I cringe when I see people use "then" instead of "than" and vice versa. I've seen college professors misuse these.
  • Diane Skip 2010/09/12 18:46:19
    Yes, that's another very common mistake.
  • Captain Sticky 2010/09/01 23:04:37
    Yes. Here are some of mine.
    Captain Sticky
    Your wrong.
  • Diane Captain... 2010/09/01 23:44:48
    Yes. Of course it should be "you're wrong."
  • Captain... Diane 2010/09/02 14:23:39
    Captain Sticky
    I new you would no that.
  • Diane Captain... 2010/09/02 14:42:06
  • flaca BN-0 2010/09/01 21:37:56
    Yes. Here are some of mine.
    flaca BN-0
    My favorites are:
    INCORRECT It's concerning to me
    CORRECT It's of concern to me
    (concerning means about or related to)

    INCORRECT I could care less
    CORRECT I couldn't care less

    INCORRECT no fair!
    CORRECT not fair!
  • Diane flaca BN-0 2010/09/01 22:31:24
    Good ones!

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