Attack of the woefully untrained grammar nazi!!
by, March 7th, 2009 at 07:15 PM (638 Views)
I'm about to go on a murderous fucking rampage... so instead, I shall vent some frustrations here on something totally unrelated.
I'll go with my grammar/spelling pet peeves, because yes, I AM a grammar Nazi. Now, I'm also a diplomat, so I must also make you understand, that should you make any of the errors I bitch about, I won't hold it against you, and I'll probably worry that you WILL hold it against me, but on the other hand... meh... I'm sure I've made the errors too, get over it.
1. Then vs than... OK, here's the rule, then means following; it refers to a time-line, while than is used for comparison. E.g., I want to go to the store, then to the movies. I'd rather go to the movies than the opera.
If you aren't talking about something happening after something else, you probably want to use "than"
2. There, Their, They're. There refers to a place; their is the plural form of his, or hers but can be used in reference to a single person as well, and refers to one's ownership of the item in question; they're is "they are." E.g., They're there, and their little dog too!
3. For the love of Pete, loose & lose refer to two completely unrelated things. Loose generally means baggy, slack, etc. Lose is what you do when you spell lose as loose, think fail... I'm kinda wondering how ya think goose & moose are spelled/pronounced.
4. Except vs Accept. Except means the exclusion of something, while accept means to agree to something or take something. I accept everything except idiots.
5. Paragraphs are your friend, especially if you want people to read what you have to say... Live with it...
6. Effect vs Affect. Effect is the the result, affect is the influence... My drinking affected my head, the effect was a hangover.
7. Spell check is also your friend...
8. Double negatives. "I don't got no brain." Oh, I beg to differ my darling dumbass.
9. Would've vs Would of. Would've is the contraction of would have, would of... has no meaning, beyond phonetic accuracy. See also could've & should've.
10. Your vs You're. Your refers to ownership, you're is a contraction of you are. Does the sentence still make sense if you replace your/you're with "you are" well then, you're is the correct choice, if not, use your.
I could go on, but I just realized I no longer care!
Yes, I am fully aware I make many & varied mistakes as well, but help me to help you! and me!
Or should that be I?
You're thinking it over right now aren't you?