Some times when I read some blogs or Facebook comments I want to scream. When I was teaching school, I used to correct people's grammar. I was so use to doing it all day at school, that I didn't realize I was doing it. My mother would nudge me and I'd be so embarrassed.
So, I'm providing this public service message:
- Do we not know that there is a difference between your (belonging to) and you're (you are)?
- Do we not know when to use you and I? If I see someone use "he gave it to she and I again, I'm going to hurt some one. Seriously!!! It's so easy to know when to use I or me - just leave out the other person and see how it sounds. You wouldn't say he gave it to I (or he came with he) would you? (yet, I read that someone did something to, or for, or with she and I all the time) I is a subject, me is an object - easy. Please don't fall into the trap of using the reflective of me when you aren't sure of whether it is I or me by saying myself. You can only use myself if you are doing it to or with or for your self. Someone or something else can't do something to myself, now can they?
- Do we not know what a participle is? I get a little crazy when people don't conjugate verbs correctly - it makes me want to scream. He has went? Really?
- And how about if I was instead of if I were. It's a conditional people!
- Oh, and speaking of it, how about getting its and it's right. (hint - its is possessive, it's is a contraction of it is)
There are so many more, but these seem to be the most common, blatant transgressions I've been noticing. And don't let anyone tell you grammar isn't important - unless you don't mind sounding obtuse. My favorite website for checking the finer points of grammar is the Purdue OWL.
It is my "Go-To" for all things English grammar. Easy to use and very thorough.
So, kind readers, please take pity on English teachers (and others), try not to offend their delicate ears and make them spend their last days in the funny farm. Check your grammar - please, pretty please with a cherry on top.
Please feel to spout off if you have a grammar faux pas you'd like to get off your chest.