Skip to comments.20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes
Posted on 02/01/2012 12:47:25 PM PST by Daffynition
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“Was” and “Were”; it’s complicated but you can figure it out. I’ll give you a hint. When I was a boy I wished I were king.
“Near miss” always confuses me...as does parking in a driveway and driving on a parkway...or things sent by sea being CARgo, but things sent by truck being a SHIPment...
It’s down to me
The difference in the clothes she wears
Down to me, the change has come,
She’s under my thumb
(The Rolling Stones)
Why “down to me” not “up to me”?
I am 38. I was learned in private school that there is always two spaces after a sentence ending period.
When did it change and what are they teaching now?
That is a cute cartoon. In case (hehe) you didn’t know, small letters are called lowercase because in the early days of printing the type setting blocks were kept in cases. The large letters in the upper cases and the small letters in the lower cases.
I have to wonder about that.
In the sample sentence, "doubtful" and "debatable" can have very different meanings.
Is the council going to join in doubting or divide in debating the matter?
And if everyone uses "moot" to mean "of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic," isn't that it's primary meaning?
“borrow” can be used both ways :
“May I borrow your pencil?” or
“Will you borrow your pencil to me?”
One word many applications. Cut your necessary vocabulary in half!
My Pet Peeves:
“I could care less” the correct line is “I couldn’t care less”
irregardless - there is no such word “regardless” is enough to suffice
People who mispell the word “necessary”
How about “partial nudity”? If you’re nude, your nude. If you have any clothes on, your not.
That’s sort of like “half dead”.
Are we down to that already?
The one that drives me to reach for my gun, is the past perfect simple confusion:
“If I would have put on my Depends in the morning, I would not wet myself now.”
I am in agreement with you. My Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary has the following for “moot” as transitive verb:
1.a. To bring up as a subject for debate or discussion.
b. To debate or discuss.
2. To plead or argue (a case) in a moot court.
As an adjective
1. Subject to debate : ARGUABLE (a moot point)
2.a. Law. Lacking legal significance, though having been previously decided or settled.
b. Of no practical importance : ACADEMIC.
The other consideration here is what a dictionary is supposed to do - is it supposed be desciptive or proscriptive? Is it supposed to us how words are used or is it supposed to tell us words should be used? An argument can be made for either approach. At one time the meaning of moot describe in this article may have been the proper use, but common usage has given it its present common meaning of “of no practical importance.” I think that whoever made the argument cited in this article needs to move on with his life.
Nope. I'm an egg.
Were you born?
Nope. I was laid.
Is everyone laid?
Nope. Some people are chicken.
That must be English English. It’s a different language.
I got lied last night!
Anyway, it's our GOD given right to screw up the already screwed up English language - we'll all be forced to speak espanol pretty soon if the current regime gets their way.
“One or two spaces after a period”
If it’s 1969 and you are taking a typing course on a manual typewriter, two spaces.
If you are using a modern word processor with proportional type, one space.
I think I got this from a book by Robert Parker, Looking Good in Print, but I haven’t read it for twenty years so I’m not sure I remember correctly.
mark to snag that pic
lol. thanks for the post!
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