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Offline CarrieSheppard

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10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« on: March 20, 2007, 10:23:15 AM »
I got this from bnet.online.com

1.  Loose for lose
No: I always loose the product key.
Yes: I always lose the product key.

2. It's for its (or god forbid, its')
No: Download the HTA, along with it's readme file.
Yes: Download the HTA, along with its readme file.
No: The laptop is overheating and its making that funny noise again.
Yes: The laptop is overheating and it's making that funny noise again.

3. They're for their for there
No: The managers are in they're weekly planning meeting.
Yes: The managers are in their weekly planning meeting.
No: The techs have to check there cell phones at the door, and their not happy about it.
Yes: The techs have to check their cell phones at the door, and they're not happy about it.

4. i.e. for e.g.
No: Use an anti-spyware program (i.e., AdAware).
Yes: Use an anti-spyware program (e.g., AdAware).
Note: The term i.e. means "that is"; e.g. means "for example." And a comma follows both of them.

5.  Effect for affect
No: The outage shouldn't effect any users during work hours.
Yes: The outage shouldn't affect any users during work hours.
Yes: The outage shouldn't have any effect on users.
Yes: We will effect several changes during the downtime.
Note: Impact is not a verb. Purists, at least, beg you to use affect instead:
No: The outage shouldn't impact any users during work hours.
Yes: The outage shouldn't affect any users during work hours.
Yes: The outage should have no impact on users during work hours.

6. You're for your
No: Remember to defrag you're machine on a regular basis.
Yes: Remember to defrag your machine on a regular basis.
No: Your right about the changes.
Yes: You're right about the changes.

7. Different than for different from
No: This setup is different than the one at the main office.
Yes: This setup is different from the one at the main office.
Yes: This setup is better than the one at the main office.

8. Lay for lie
No: I got dizzy and had to lay down.
Yes: I got dizzy and had to lie down.
Yes: Just lay those books over there.

9. Then for than
No: The accounting department had more problems then we did.
Yes: The accounting department had more problems than we did.
Note: Here's a sub-peeve. When a sentence construction begins with If, you don't need a then. Then is implicit, so it's superfluous and wordy:
No: If you can't get Windows to boot, then you'll need to call Ted.
Yes: If you can't get Windows to boot, you'll need to call Ted.

10. Could of, would of for could have, would have
No: I could of installed that app by mistake.
Yes: I could have installed that app by mistake.
No: I would of sent you a meeting notice, but you were out of town.
Yes: I would have sent you a meeting notice, but you were out of town.

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #1 on: March 22, 2007, 04:10:51 AM »
Thanks Carrie.

To expand on point 7: Different FROM, Similar TO. I've never said different than, but I have been guilty of saying different to.


Also, 'Impact is not a verb. Purists, at least, beg you to use affect instead.' This is one of my personal hates. It brings back bad memories of 1980's managementspeak and people in red braces getting lots of money for talking bollocks.
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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #2 on: March 22, 2007, 08:41:36 AM »
Carrie, this is wonderful! I've printed a copy to keep on hand. Like Leigh, I, too, am guilty of the i.e. e.g. confusion. Not no more (LOL). Thanks again for this.

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #3 on: March 24, 2007, 03:58:01 AM »

2. It's for its (or god forbid, its')


This one is a pet peeve. I hate the fact that everyone has been forced to use this typesetter's mark in this way. It makes no sense, doesn't match with any thing else and is a pain in the rear.

If you might be interested in seeing exactly why that ' is used at all and why it's and its and its' are really interchangeable, here's a page full of interesting information:

http://tinyurl.com/y4dqss How the past affects the future: The story of the APOSTROPHE


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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #4 on: March 24, 2007, 04:22:23 AM »
This was worth the copy and paste. I wondered a time or two about the difference between e.g., and e.i., but never bothered to find out. And impact ... well, maybe I should avoid that word since often, without realizing, I turn nouns into verbs. Impact is one of my weaknesses.

Thank you, Carrie.

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #5 on: March 24, 2007, 04:48:40 AM »
Very important message.  Well done!

It's is used ONLY for 'It is.'  Otherwise (when it's used for belonging to, like his or her) then it's without the apostrophe.

Words used wrongly.

Phenomena for phenomenon - the first is plural, the second singular.

Only:

NO: He only said he wanted to go out. (No one else said it?)
YES: He said he wanted only to go out.

NO: I only want your love (insult - what? no one else does?)
YES: I want only your love.

Don't split infinitives.  This is an epidemic now and even the best newspapers do it.  But don't you!  It is a flow stopper and you don't want it in your writing.

NO: I want to simply warn you not to go.
YES: I want simply to warn you not to go. or I simply want to warn you not to go.

No: Do you think it's too difficult to hopeless and utterly, with no reservations, fall in love with you?
YES:  Do you think it's too difficult to fall hopelessly and utterly in love with you, with no reservations?

Hope this is helpful too.

 

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #6 on: March 28, 2007, 09:05:43 AM »
Here are some that used to crop up in my days on an evening newspaper:

Underway should be under way
Refute shouldn't be used to mean 'proved wrong'
Bare in mind for bear in mind
Electrocuted meaning anything but getting a shock so severe it killed them.

Also - apostrophes in decades - there aren't any and I wish someone would tell those nice people who advertise compilation albums - 1970's 1980's etc. ARRRRRGGGGHHH!

Today I have seen 'neigh' when the writer meant 'nay' - well it made me laugh!

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #7 on: March 28, 2007, 12:35:39 PM »
Accept that English is a complicated langauge that people will get wrong.
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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #8 on: March 28, 2007, 12:39:43 PM »
Absolutely, but if they expect to be paid to be published then they need to get it right, at least when they submit their copy.
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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #9 on: March 28, 2007, 12:46:33 PM »
You've got that right. It's a shame when people don't learn the basic rules of their profession.
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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #10 on: March 28, 2007, 01:52:15 PM »
I am guilty of using lay instead of lie. And I still get it wrong. My story needs some repairs to it, drastically. Thanks for the input.

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #11 on: March 31, 2007, 05:43:36 PM »
My biggest mistake (and worry) is: in to and into ???

Never could figure out where and when to use them. :-[

Anyone got any tips?

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #12 on: March 31, 2007, 08:30:38 PM »
That's one I don't understand either. You're not alone.

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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #13 on: March 31, 2007, 10:07:50 PM »
Thank God for that, Lina (I do hate to suffer alone. ;D)
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Re: 10 Grammar mistakes that make you look stupid
« Reply #14 on: October 22, 2007, 04:30:09 PM »
I knew you were being facetious, but continued as if you weren't.