7 Deadly Grammar Sins

grammarI have compiled a short but necessary (well, necessary for my own sanity) of common grammatical errors that need to…for the love of all that is holy in the written word…STOP!

These, of course, are probably not the worst but do reside at the top of my personal list.

These are also only considered “sins” in the mind of a grammar nazi and only “deadly” if committed in front of a grammar bully.

Okay, well perhaps not deadly in the literal sense but definitely in the stare- you-down, sneer with righteous condemnation kind of way.

  1. Your vs. You’re

Your=possessive pronoun. You’re=contraction.        

2. Who vs. That

Who=person. That=object.

3. Fewer vs. Less than

Fewer=things one can count. Less than=things one can’t count.

4. Double Negative          

  I didn’t do nothing.

 

5. Its vs. It’s

Its=possessive. It’s=contraction.

6. Using the wrong pronouns

Subject=I, you, he, she, it, we, you, they

Object=me, you, him, her, it, us, you, them

7. Failing to use the subjunctive

Subjunctive=isn’t true, wishful

Thank you for reading. I’m excited to hear what you think.

 

 

4 thoughts on “7 Deadly Grammar Sins

  1. I hate the your/you’re mistake too! One of my all-time biggest pet peeves would have to be when someone writes out “could of,” “would of,” or “should of.” I get that they’re writing it phonetically, but I mean… just no. No.

  2. These are all basics that people should learn at school – bad that you see them so often you feel the need to write a blog post to explain them, isn’t it?!

    My pet peeve is people using ‘I’ when it should be ‘me’. “Joe told Bob and I that he was going home’, etc.

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