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Old 08-03-2020, 12:15 PM
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People really need to learn how to use these words. That's it. Just had to complain.


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Old 08-03-2020, 12:24 PM
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Also, the number of people who use your/you’re and there/their/they’re incorrectly makes me want to cry. And I see it in places that astounds me; professional websites, posts from professionals, teachers (are you kidding me?!?!?), emails from professionals and teachers, and so on. I was an English Major so I’ll admit I’m a bit of a stickler when it comes to grammar, but there and evasive grammar rules that anyone who went to middle school should know.
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Old 08-03-2020, 12:47 PM
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Sigh. And I just read a question on a teacher group page asking if they should use 's to make a word plural. At least they were asking.
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:11 PM
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Not knowing the difference between affect/effect.

And people who ask for "advise" when they mean "advice."


But I have gotten very good at correcting them in my head, instead of doing it out loud!
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:15 PM
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Incorrect use of less and few is my biggest pet peeve!

Thank you Trader Joe’s for having a 15 items or fewer lane.


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Old 08-03-2020, 01:46 PM
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Good and well

People don't know how to use those correctly, either.
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Old 08-03-2020, 01:59 PM
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Than and then too. Oh, and two/to/too. I could go on and on.
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Old 08-03-2020, 02:16 PM
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I took a class on teaching grammar a few years ago, and one takeaway was that the most commonly misspelled/misused word pair is: it's and its. I've been super conscious of this, ever since! I tell that to my students and make sure to teach the correct usage!! I teach a lower grade, but I hope this is something that they will always remember their long ago teacher impressing upon them, lol.
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Old 08-03-2020, 08:47 PM
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I am on a weight loss board. So many people are happy to be “loosing” weight. I think apostrophe misuse and when to use I or me or when to use me or myself or lie or lay all make me equally crazy. Today my husband I were signing a rental agreement that said something would be “strickly” enforced. Aaaaaargh!
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Old 08-04-2020, 02:08 AM
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Okay, I guess I'm one of those people. What's wrong with "strictly enforced"?


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Old 08-04-2020, 04:31 AM
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I have to say I struggle with
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affect/effect
so I try to use other words.

EnglishRose- you are correct in your "strictly enforced." Look closer at the post. It says "strickly."

I could look it up, but what is the difference between less and fewer?
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Old 08-04-2020, 06:10 AM
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Less and fewer misuse bugs me, too.

I have to admit that I struggle with lay, lie, laid... I try to avoid using them. I've looked them up so many times and can never remember.
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Old 08-04-2020, 06:57 AM
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I could look it up, but what is the difference between less and fewer?
Super simple version:
Use fewer when you count (fewer items)
Use less when you measure (time)
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Old 08-04-2020, 11:40 AM
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Oh. Thanks, you're right!
Now I know how the students feel. 😊

For me it's "who and whom" and "me and I". I must stop and think objective case
or nominative case? My old English teachers would be proud!
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