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Grammar Apocalypse

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Mary W Member Since: Nov 10, 2014
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John - Yup.  And yet it worked quite well...

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Nichola L Member Since: Mar 13, 2015
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@Mary W wrote:

really unique, completely unique, etc.  ARgghhh


Consensus of opinion.  redundant.


orientate and commentate.  You orient, you comment.  Period.


On another note, my ex-husband went to a very prestigious Ivy League school (redundant?) and included the following in every paper he wrote for every subject for four years "multiplicity of horizon" or "dichotomy of perspective"  

 And viral on the internet are, amazingly unique or sensationally unique . . .


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Janean L Member Since: Apr 6, 2016
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also redundant/unnecessary: continue on

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Rene K Member Since: Jul 10, 2014
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@Janean L wrote:

also redundant/unnecessary: continue on

You people fighting redundancies are missing one point: some people are paid by the word. So leave redundancies alone :-)

"Where darkness shines like dazzling light"   —William Ashbless
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Ravindra B Member Since: Sep 27, 2015
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Incorrect use of “like,” especially in formal documents.

"Certa bonum certamen"
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Douglas Michael M Member Since: May 22, 2015
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@Kim F wrote:

*Could* care less instead of *couldn't*...



Well, yes. As if language were logical. [As if] I could care less, without making the elision explicit... 

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Jennifer D Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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@Janean L wrote:

People who "correct" me when I say: "You can give that to Mary and me." (They'll say: "You mean 'to Mary and I.' " ... Uhh, no, I don't ! )

 I find this one easy to remember - you just have to remove the "(thing) and" and check if the sentence makes sense. "You can give that to I" is clearly wrong, while "You can give that to me" is right, so "You can give that to Mary and me" is the right one.


@Janean L wrote:

How about: "for all intensive purposes"


and "irregardless"


and "tasked with"  (right alongside "gifted to," in my opinion !  I may be in the minority with this one, I admit.)


"alot" for "a lot"  ("allot" used correctly is fine with me!) ("alot" error only visible in writing, of course)


"He loved both the bird and it's chicks."  Aggggghhhhhhhhh!  (apostrophe apocalypse!) (usage error also visible only when written)





My *personal* pet peeve is "NEW AND IMPROVED!". Something can't be new *and* improved. It's either a new product, or it's an improvement on an old one!

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Wendy C Member Since: Aug 24, 2015
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Another Hyperobole and a Half fan ....   Smiley Very Happy

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Kat C Member Since: Jul 11, 2016
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Many times the seemingly endless list of grammatical rules causes consternation to the creative writer within me (and I wrote a grammar book in undergrad).


There's Kat the Editor and Kat the Writer.


When I'm writing, if I move into Editor mode, my writing ceases. 


However, when I'm editing, it's an easy transition into Writer mode (except when the writer I'm editing isn't a strong writer and I have to curb the urge to rewrite, which verges on ghostwriting and is extra $$$).


There, they're, their misuse jumps out at me. 


Your versus you're....


I guess psychologically people merge the state of "being" with being "possessed" (or possessing). 


I had a client who wanted me to use more contractions in the text, and I had to fight the urge to type "you are", "they are", "it is."





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Virginia F Member Since: Feb 15, 2016
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