English Has Many Grammatical Rules
I think it of great importance to use correct subject verb agreement/pronoun antecedent agreement. Yes, it's one of the rules of grammar not as strictly followed as some of the others, but I find it annoying all the same when used incorrectly. Maybe it's from my sixth grade English teacher hammering my class with these rules. I don't know. Anyway, if any of you here aren't sure what I mean by "subject verb agreement/pronoun antecedent agreement," I shall demonstrate.
Subject verb agreement:
Correct-"What were you doing?"
Incorrect-"What was you doing?"
Pronoun antecedent agreement:
Correct-"I heard someone call my name, and his or her accent sounded British."
Incorrect-"I heard someone call my name, and their accent sounded British."
Now, let's put what we've learned into practice, shall we?
I have a friend who insists that she "nip troubles in the butt." I had always suggested that it's the "bud" she nip instead. She never made the correction.
These days I wax nostalgic and I let her be, nipping whatever she likes. So her misuse of that phrase stops being my pet peeve and relaxes and evolves itself into part of our shared history together. We both like it better that way.
SOMEONE FINALLY ASKED! (the importance of proper grammar)
I've been waiting a long time for this kind of challenge, here goes... First of all, know what 'to/too/two' to use, what 'your/you're', what 'there/they're/their' and what 'were/we're'... Every word has a time and place: choose and use yours carefully, and make sure you know what you're talking about.
Second, (this is one I really press), use correct apostrophes! It's I'm, not im. They've, not theyve. We're instead of were... need I go on? But the very worst of all: you should always strive not to use an apostrophe when it's not supposed to be used! For example: "They we're going to sit there." Grr! Writing that alone made me want to rip out my hair... I think/hope you all feel similarly- I believe it makes Prose. a lot more fun and entertaining when my mind isn't screaming at me: HE USED THE WRONG YOU'RE!
Don’t even get me started.
I ackshully hayte all speling and gramer airors.
Heer iz a gud exampel.
PHONICS ARE GREAT BUT ‘SOUND IT OUT’ DOESN’T ALWAYS WORK.
There is a difference between there, their, and there, its and it’s, and other words too. Life is not a word buffet or a one-for-all situation, people. Use the one that works grammatically and you don’t get easy points on essays knocked off or scowls from editors and/or bosses. Gosh.
Basically, pay attention in school and everyone wins; I, and other grammar-nazis like me, am not frustrated with your lack of intellect, and you are blessed with fantastic diction and ability to communicate. People that make a difference in this world do not spell like Jaden Smith and other twitter-happy dimwits.
I’m a Grammar Nazi.
I hate it when people replace your with you’re.
“Your not my dad.”
Instead of, “You’re not my dad.”
Mine with mines...
You’re not a fucking bomb about to explode;
Neither are there more than one of you. For example:
“Hey that’s mines!” Instead of,
“Hey that’s mine!”
Not putting the apostrophes in the correct place...
“Its her birthday tomorrow.”
The difference is so real. ‘Its’ is a form of possession. ‘It’s’ is a contraction for it is. Some people don’t like to tell the difference and stick with ignorance instead of knowledge.
Using the incorrect word in a sentence. Another example:
“Everyone’s loosing their minds!”
No. Their minds are not loose.
“Everyone’s losing their minds!”
I could go on and on about the grammar people think is correct.
Besides I want to be an English major; why not be a nut for grammar?
Its “I couldn’t care less,” as the alternative isn’t correct.
As a rule I don't have many grammer issues. The one that makes me squirm however is the expression "I could care less." It implies that you indeed do care, when you mean that you do not care the expression is; "I couldn't care less." I've literally set down books that misused this expression.
Pop Music And Grammar
At school, people call me the “Grammar Nazi”. I usually disregard them because I know that there are so many things about the wonderful world of grammar that I ought to know, but don’t. I’m not the kind of person who goes by rules and their types, or in other words , I’m don’t have a textbook approach to the whole thing. I just go with the flow and make sure I’m sailing in the right direction. Most often than not, I try to point people around me in the right direction too, so that I can save myself from cringe-worthy moments. Quite recently, I discovered that I’ve been making a horrific grammatical error, when the whole thing was right under my nose. I was whiling away the time, reading articles on the Yahoo Inquisitor, when I stumbled upon one about Taylor Swift. Now, I love Swift’s music, but this little piece of information was a little too much even for me to handle. The whole article was about how a die-hard Swiftie who was supposedly studying hard for her SATs, stumbled upon something which she considered unforgivable. The Princeton Review had an entire section dedicated to the use of pronouns and common errors related to their usage, and what better way to highlight grammatical mistakes, than by pointing out the flaws in pop music? A line from the song Fifteen was scrutinized “When somebody tells you they love you, you got to believe them”. A Swiftie would tell you its “you’re gonna believe them”.A Grammar Nazi would know that “Somebody” and “they” just don’t go together. It ought to be he/she instead. Pretty plain sailing so far. There was picture of the page from the Princeton Review, which had the other grammatically incorrect lyrics. Katy Perry’s “In another life, I would make you stay, so I don’t have to say you were the one that got away” left me confused. I couldn’t seem to figure out the mistake. At all. Google got the better of me to put me out of my misery. It should’ve been “In another life, I would make you stay, so I don’t have to say you were the one WHO got away”. I felt ashamed of myself. Such a simplistic rule was violated and I didn’t, no, COULD’NT sniff it out. People aren’t inanimate objects!!! How could I be so stupid? I had cheated on grammar, all those days when I sang along, blissfully unaware that I was breaking a grammatical rule. Ugh. Well, I know better now. That’s my grammar pet-peeve folks! Embarrassing, but oh-so true.
My grammar pet peeves
I think my greatest grammar pet peeve probably has to do with dialogue. For example if someone put: "Let's go to the park." He said, I would literally stare at it for a moment as if willing it to change before my eyes. I absolutely hate it when people forget to put a comma instead of a period when it comes to dialogue tags. It just drives me nuts.
The other few things are probably the difference between its and it's, there, their, and they're, and lastly, when people don't put an apostrophe with verb contractions (i.e. don't is spelled dont).