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Common Grammar Errors

Posted by languageandgrammar on June 16, 2010

Since we changed the design of the site, I know that some of our other pages are not as obvious as they were in the past, but they’re still there, including:

  • Sherry’s Grammar List, which includes a heavy dose of grammar-related entries. This is (by far and away) our most popular page on the site.
  • Your Pet Peeves, where you can add your pet peeves to the growing list. (Note: This page is not intended to be a discussion forum; rather, it’s intended to be a list of pet peeves.)
  • Literally, the Best Language Book Ever, which gives information about Paul Yeager’s first book. Information on his second book can be found on his weather blog, Cloudy and Cool.

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Your Dog Needs a Bath!

Posted by languageandgrammar on November 5, 2009

A friend of mine once said, “I’m going to bath the dog.” I didn’t have the heart to correct her grammar, but it’s been several years, and it’s still with me. (I know what you’re thinking, but I DO actually have more important matters to think about—-I just have a difficult time letting things go.)

While some might say that using bath as a verb is becoming more common, bathe is the correct verb; bath is a noun.

  • I’m going to bathe the dog.
  • I’m going to give the dog a bath.

From what I’ve seen, using bath as a verb is more of a regional colloquialism, and it should be avoided in favor of the always-correct bathe.

Ok, now I wash my hands of it.

Sherry

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Common Grammar Errors

Posted by languageandgrammar on October 5, 2009

The most popular page on languageandgrammar.com (by far)  is Sherry’s Grammar List, so I thought I’d highlight the page today. Sherry’s Grammar list contains over 125 common grammar errors, listed in alphabetical order.

–Paul

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Update on Issues and Problems

Posted by languageandgrammar on January 16, 2008

Here’s a short update on the pervasive—and incorrect—use of the word issue to mean problem. Mistakes are everywhere (and we all make them).  

Ann Curry to guests, Today Show, January 15, 2008: It would be good if you could stop this obesity issue in your family now.

AOL headline story, January 14, 2008: A story about Hilary Duff’s microphone not working at her concert said that she had “mic issues.” (Headline story? Guess there was nothing else going on in the world.)

Whoopi Goldberg, co-host of The View, January 15, 2008: If you tell me the truth, then there’s no issue.

In all 3 instances, the word issue could have—and should have—been replaced by the word problem. As it stands now, Ann Curry told her guests that it would be good for them to stop the obesity topic at home, Hilary Duff’s microphone wouldn’t work because it had topics, and as long as Whoopi Goldberg’s friends tell her the truth, there won’t be any topics in their relationships.

Ok. Enough said.

Sherry

Sherry’s Grammar List and Paul’s book–Literally, the Best Language Book Ever

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