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Common grammar and usage errors
12/22/04 | Self

Posted on 12/22/2004 9:32:13 AM PST by georgiadevildog

I am starting a grammar thread at the behest of Xenalyte and TheMom. Post your most irritating pet peeves of grammar or usage here.


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We'll start with homophones. There, their, they're. I can't stand seeing these used incorrectly!

THERE

there ( P ) Pronunciation Key (thâr)

adv. At or in that place: sit over there.
To, into, or toward that place: wouldn't go there again.
At that stage, moment, or point: Stop there before you make any more mistakes.
In that matter: I can't agree with him there.

pron. Used to introduce a clause or sentence: There are numerous items. There must be another exit. Used to indicate an unspecified person in direct address: Hello there.

adj. Used especially for emphasis after the demonstrative pronoun that or those, or after a noun modified by the demonstrative adjective that or those: That person there ought to know the directions to town. Nonstandard. Used for emphasis between a demonstrative adjective meaning “that” or “those” and a noun: No one is sitting at that there table. Them there beans ought to be picked.

n. That place or point: stopped and went on from there.

interj. Used to express feelings such as relief, satisfaction, sympathy, or anger: There, now I can have some peace!

THEIR

Always used to show possession! That is their home. (not there home.)

THEY'RE

Always used as a contraction for the words "they are." If you take "they're" out of your sentence and "they are" doesn't make sense in its place, you've made a mistake.

1 posted on 12/22/2004 9:32:15 AM PST by georgiadevildog
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To: Xenalyte; TheMom

PING


2 posted on 12/22/2004 9:32:38 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: georgiadevildog

"It's" -- ..and the people who don't know when to use it.


3 posted on 12/22/2004 9:35:20 AM PST by baltodog ("Thank God we weren't on that bridge when Thurston shot his balls off...")
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To: georgiadevildog
We'll start with homophones.

I hate homophones. I think they should all get some disgusting self-inflicted disease, then die, and rot in hell like the perverts they are...

;0)

4 posted on 12/22/2004 9:36:51 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: baltodog
Absolutely. Drives me nuts.

"The dog was chasing it's tail."

The dog was chasing it is tail?

5 posted on 12/22/2004 9:37:34 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: georgiadevildog

I predict this thread is going to get hugh and series. But gotta go, by beeber is beeping.


6 posted on 12/22/2004 9:37:37 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush)
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To: Chad Fairbanks
Ummm....wrong thread.

LOL

7 posted on 12/22/2004 9:38:43 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: georgiadevildog
to and too

I went to the store.

I went too far.

8 posted on 12/22/2004 9:39:27 AM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman ! developing)
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To: georgiadevildog

I think this is a series thread. It's impact will be hugh.


9 posted on 12/22/2004 9:39:49 AM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: georgiadevildog
Ummm....wrong thread.

Yup, I seen that.

10 posted on 12/22/2004 9:40:02 AM PST by AxelPaulsenJr (Pray Daily For Our Troops and President Bush)
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To: rocksblues

To eggs are two many too eat.


11 posted on 12/22/2004 9:40:54 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: georgiadevildog

Is the'ir a word? How about thi'er?


12 posted on 12/22/2004 9:42:29 AM PST by Bosco (Remember how you felt on September 11?)
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To: georgiadevildog

Your = belonging to y'all

You're = you are.


13 posted on 12/22/2004 9:42:50 AM PST by Lonesome in Massachussets (NYT Headline: "The Protocols of the Learned Elders of CBS", Fake But Accurate, Experts Say)
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To: georgiadevildog
In addition to the three theres I go crazy when people confuse to, too and two and believe it or not, which and witch.

Here's a new one - I just got an email that that said "conceded" instead of "conceited".

*shaking head and walking away*

14 posted on 12/22/2004 9:43:02 AM PST by Semper Vigilantis (Localize welfare & social programs & see how fast things change!)
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To: georgiadevildog

Now that's funny!


15 posted on 12/22/2004 9:43:21 AM PST by rocksblues (RINO's = McCain, Lott, Collins, Hagel, Coleman ! developing)
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To: georgiadevildog

Please do Your and You're, Who and Whom, Here and Hear. Those are a few that drive me nuts!


16 posted on 12/22/2004 9:43:36 AM PST by jellybean (Free 'Ole Crusty!)
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To: georgiadevildog
Next: using "I" or "me".

She went with Jenny and me. (not I)

Jenny and I went with her. (not Jenny and me)

The test: leave out the other person, and see if the sentence makes sense.

17 posted on 12/22/2004 9:43:40 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: georgiadevildog

Oops. Sorry, I thought this was a homophonic thread. My bad.


18 posted on 12/22/2004 9:43:57 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: georgiadevildog

whut galls me mostest is peeple going "aint" when it should be "ain't"!


19 posted on 12/22/2004 9:44:58 AM PST by headsonpikes (Spirit of '76 bttt!)
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To: Chad Fairbanks

I feel the same way about the words:

Hugh and Huge, Chad.

Hugh is a first name. As in the name Hugh Beaumont, who play Ward Cleaver on "Leave It To Beaver". Or Hugh Grant, who plays Hugh Grant. It is pronounced "HEW".

Huge means BIG. It's pronounce "HUJE".

I'm looking at my keyboard and there is no way that the far too often used phrase "This is Hugh!" for "This is Huge" could be a typo!

Don't even get me started on "There", "Their" and "They're"!!!

Jack.


20 posted on 12/22/2004 9:46:57 AM PST by Jack Deth (When In Doubt.... Empty The Magazine!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets
Your = belonging to y'all

Reminds me of another one: lose/loose. I once got a post to me that said "Your a looser."

21 posted on 12/22/2004 9:47:29 AM PST by general_re ("What's plausible to you is unimportant." - D'man)
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To: georgiadevildog
I just hate it when sentences don't a verb.
22 posted on 12/22/2004 9:47:59 AM PST by dinasour (Pajamahadeen)
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To: Jack Deth

Hugh has a hugh background story.


23 posted on 12/22/2004 9:48:06 AM PST by JennysCool (Prayers up 24/7 for Allegra's safe return.)
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To: Jack Deth
I'm looking at my keyboard and there is no way that the far too often used phrase "This is Hugh!" for "This is Huge" could be a typo!

I hope you weren't being series!

24 posted on 12/22/2004 9:48:21 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: georgiadevildog

My pet peeve is when people use numbers or single letters to represent words: "R U going 2 the store?" Makes me want to scream!

(p.s., I have the official typing, homophone, and all-around verbal mayhem ping list! "Typso Threw the Tulips and broke his shift key." Ping to get on or off!)


25 posted on 12/22/2004 9:48:41 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: Tax-chick

I'd like to be on that ping list, iff'n you'll have me.


26 posted on 12/22/2004 9:49:29 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: Jack Deth

Your knew hear, rnt yew?


27 posted on 12/22/2004 9:49:45 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: Tax-chick
My pet peeve is when people use numbers or single letters to represent words: "R U going 2 the store?"

O I C what U mean.

;)

28 posted on 12/22/2004 9:50:20 AM PST by general_re ("What's plausible to you is unimportant." - D'man)
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To: jellybean
First: your / you're:

Your is always possessive. If the word is NOT designed to show ownership of something, "your" is the wrong choice.

You're is always a contraction of the words "you are." If you remove "you're" from the sentence and replace it with "you are," it should still make perfect sense.

Second: who / whom:

I must be honest. I still do not have total mastery of these two words and their usage. Most of the time, I can get them right. Other times, I can't decide which to use, and I wind up changing the sentence to eliminate the need to use the word. As a general rule, though, "who" is the subjective form of the pronoun, while "whom" is the objective. In other words, "who" would be used as the subject of a sentence, while "whom" would be used as the object.

Best example I know: "Who did what to whom?"

"Who" is the subject, and "whom" is the object.

Third: here / hear.

If your word has nothing to do with sound or the sense of hearing, then "hear" is not your word. That is the basic test. Still, on this one, I must admit a single weakness in usage. When I hear someone say, "Here, here" as a gesture of agreement to the comments of another, I don't know which to use.

29 posted on 12/22/2004 9:50:41 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: lupie

ping!


30 posted on 12/22/2004 9:50:46 AM PST by bassoonmoo
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To: general_re

O, U812? Well, I81B4U!


31 posted on 12/22/2004 9:51:55 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: general_re
LMAO @ "looser."

What is it, exactly, that you loose on a regular basis?

The warden who releases convicts that have served their time would be a looser, I suppose.

32 posted on 12/22/2004 9:53:08 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: Chad Fairbanks

You're on! I've been sending out a ping two or three times a week. Typso (typing errors that say something really funny) and Homophunny are first level violations. "my kingdom for a shift key" and "THe Cat iS LYinG on MY sHIft Key" are secondary, like seat-belt tickets :-).

The list is at the bottom of my profile page, if you ever want to use it.


33 posted on 12/22/2004 9:53:39 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: Tax-chick

I have the same problem with people who use "&" instead of "and", "thru", instead of "through."


34 posted on 12/22/2004 9:53:45 AM PST by Military family member (Go Colts!)
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To: Tax-chick

Oh, you've gotta add me! My wife calls me a geek because I am so anal about grammar. She says she had to hire an editor to check her emails before she sends them to me. It's hilarious.


35 posted on 12/22/2004 9:54:41 AM PST by georgiadevildog (Get to work. You aren't being paid to believe in the power of your dreams.)
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To: Tax-chick

Thanks!


36 posted on 12/22/2004 9:54:46 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: Tax-chick; Chad Fairbanks

ARRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRRGH!!!!

Nice ones, guys.

I've been FReeping here since September, Tax-chick.

I don't think that makes me "new".

Yes, I'm serious... And don't call me "Surely".

Jack.


37 posted on 12/22/2004 9:54:59 AM PST by Jack Deth (When In Doubt.... Empty The Magazine!)
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To: georgiadevildog
I thought those were homonyms...oh, my lexicon tells me that it's a synonym. Good thing there's not a (syn)tax on improper grammar.
38 posted on 12/22/2004 9:55:36 AM PST by Senior Chief (Here I am, right where I left myself.)
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To: Military family member

nite, lite, rite?

Right, write, rite, wright

What other words have four or more homophones?


39 posted on 12/22/2004 9:55:47 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: georgiadevildog

Their, their... calm down


40 posted on 12/22/2004 9:56:17 AM PST by Mr. K (I support a strong defense policy, but see no reason to conduct it while sober.)
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To: Jack Deth

Someone screwed up a headline once, and accidently used "Hugh" in place of "Huge", and well, it was a friday, and so it became an unofficial Silly Friday Thread... and Hugh took off... The same thing happened with the word Serious, which is often replaced by "series"... Hope this helps!

Now, Stune your beeber, and have a nice day! :)


41 posted on 12/22/2004 9:56:49 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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To: georgiadevildog

Most annoying usage: "safe, legal and rare."


42 posted on 12/22/2004 9:57:57 AM PST by MarxSux
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To: georgiadevildog

Gotcha!


43 posted on 12/22/2004 9:58:46 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: Jack Deth

Just goofing with you ... New-ish FReeper :-).


44 posted on 12/22/2004 9:59:52 AM PST by Tax-chick (Jesus is the reason for the season which begins at sundown on December 24.)
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To: georgiadevildog
"To eggs are two many too eat."

that should be: "To eggs is two many too eat".

45 posted on 12/22/2004 9:59:59 AM PST by Mr. K (I support a strong defense policy, but see no reason to conduct it while sober.)
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To: Chad Fairbanks

Don't be so Homophobic.


46 posted on 12/22/2004 10:00:05 AM PST by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: general_re

LOL


47 posted on 12/22/2004 10:00:43 AM PST by escapefromboston (manny ortez: mvp)
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To: georgiadevildog
They're, there, their etc. - NOT ect. an, a y'all - NOT ya'll then - NOT than --- I went to the store than then I went home. to, two, too you're, your I vs. me
48 posted on 12/22/2004 10:00:55 AM PST by mtbopfuyn
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To: Jack Deth

yes- that is vey series!


49 posted on 12/22/2004 10:01:09 AM PST by Mr. K (I support a strong defense policy, but see no reason to conduct it while sober.)
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To: escapefromboston

Well, I'm sorry, but my religious beliefs and sound moral values demand that I be homophonic. I have a big problem with Homophones. Deal with it.


50 posted on 12/22/2004 10:01:12 AM PST by Chad Fairbanks ("Just because you were born stupid doesn't give you any right to be stupid!" - Paul Watson to Makahs)
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