(Before I start this post, I just want to point out that I’m writing on my sofa bed. My dog decided that our bed was obviously the perfect place for her to empty her bladder, so I spent the past hour cleaning it. I’m trying to convince the hubby that it obviously calls for a new mattress/bed, but that argument might not work.)
The grammar law, that is.
When I read Jenni’s prompt for today, I actually laughed out loud. I don’t consider myself an expert on anything nor do I think I’m particularly “good” at anything. I thought about writing on food, organization, and then it hit me when I read this article about grammar mistakes on Huffington Post last night: I’m pretty good at grammar.
Here are just a few of the things that drive me the most crazy:
Plural vs. possessive/contractions: If you’re talking about the plural of something, you don’t need to use an apostrophe. “Girls” is the plural of girls. Example: “I am going to have drinks with the girls.” “Girl’s” means “girl is” or the ownership of an item by the girl. Example: “That girl’s crazy.” or “I am going to buy that girl’s shirt.”
Me vs. I: One of the things that annoys me most is the usage of these pronouns. The trick is to try the sentence without one of the pronouns to see if it works. For example, “Would you explain that to Jenn and I?” If you omit the other object, you’ll have “would you explain that to I?” which is wrong. One of the most common mistakes is “between you and I.” It should be “between you and me.”
Woulda, Shoulda, Coulda: I know a lot of us, especially in the south, tend to run the words “should have,” “could have,” and “would have” together. A lot of people end up spelling it “should/would/could of.” I want to scream when I see that!
“First come, first served”: Lots of people say “first come, first serve.” This is so so so wrong. The phrase comes from the sentence “The first to have come is the first to be served.”
You’re/your: Need I say more?