When I was about 15 I was shopping with my mom. We were at the Gap and I was on one side of a table full of sweaters and she was at a rack of clothes a few feet away. Another mother-daughter duo walked up to the sweaters I was checking out and the daughter said something along the lines of “it isn’t not funny”. My mom whipped her head around and looked my way just in time to see me visibly cringe.
Bad grammar has pained me since I was young. Then I grew up and became an English teacher and now I just about keel over when I see or hear really bad grammar mistakes. Sadly, a lot of blog and websites have grammar errors everywhere! I’ve even spotted errors on sites like People.com and news sites. And don’t get me started on bloggers. I’ve actually stopped reading some blogs because the constant grammar errors make the posts hard to read.
So, since it’s October and the kids have been back to school for a bit, let’s kick off a little learning series here for us–Everyday Grammar. Over the next few week’s I’ll be posting about grammar errors that I see all the time –every day 😉 — and that are things your basic high school educated person should know. Follow along and you might just learn a thing or
Since this is our first installment, we’re going to start slowly.
1. a lot
A lot is two words. Period. End of explanation. It’s not alot. And if you’re trying to give someone their share, it’s allot with 2 Ls. (As in…Equal time was allotted to each person.)
2.Would’ve and could’ve
This one is a HUGE pet peeve of mine and I see it all over social media. Because of the way we pronounce would’ve and could’ve people have started to write them as would of and could of. But that’s not grammatically correct. Would’ve is the result of two words would have being put together. I would have gone to the party NOT I would of gone to the party.
This is also another error I see on social media all the time. People mistake your and you’re all the time. So what’s the difference?
Your is used for possession –that’s your coat. And you’re is the combination of you are.
The easiest way to know when to use your vs you’re is to pretend the apostrophe is not there and actually say to yourself you are when you see or type you’re.
Your going to the store or You’re going to the store? Well, your is possession and you likely don’t own the store. So…you’re? Remember my trick and say to yourself “You are going to the store”. Yup that sounds right so you know you’ve got the correct “you’re”.
Have grammar questions? Ask me in the comments and I’ll address them next time!
photo credit: Izabela Wasilewaska