For this article I wanted to do something different from what I’ve done in the past; I wanted to write an article that people would actually want to read. Rather than simply talking about things I like or don’t like, or mentioning crap about my life no one actually gives two shits about, I wanted to write about something that matters: The death of the English language (at least in written form).
I’m going to try to not be mean here. The operative word is “try”, but I make no promises. Also, this is a special double edition of the oh-so popular series of “It Ain’t Grammer” posts. As it turns out, these actually seem to help people, so I figure I should keep doing them as there are so many mistakes that people make and they are really easy to figure out.
So let’s begin with it’s and its. Continue reading “It Ain’t Grammer: “It’s vs Its” & “Your vs You’re””
I didn’t want to write anymore “It Ain’t Grammer” posts simply because I felt they had started becoming too mean spirited. Well brace yourselves, this one is going to be a whole new world of hurt.
I am absolutely sick and tired of seeing the word “of” when the correct word would be “have”! Why the fuck is this so complicated for so many people? It’s not complicated at all; it’s ALWAYS have! It’s NEVER of! There are no comparisons to be made. Let me break this down into an easy to read, easy to understand post: Continue reading “It Ain’t Grammer: Have, NOT Of!”
Like in my other “It Ain’t Grammer” posts, I see this mistake all the time. People saying to when they mean too. More often it’s that way than too when they mean to. Though thankfully I rarely ever see anyone mistake either one of those for two.
I think it’s fairly obvious that two is the number 2. So I don’t even feel I need to give you examples of when to use it. It’s pretty common knowledge that when it’s spelled with a “w” it’s a number.
But how do you know when you should use to and when you should use too? Well, my fellow followers, let me explain. Continue reading “It Ain’t Grammer: “To vs Too vs Two””
Another really common mistake that I see quite often is someone using there when they mean their. Or someone (oddly enough) using their when they mean they’re or even there. Clearly the person who mistakes their for there is just trying to seem intelligent and is coming across as more dimwitted in the process.
So what is the difference between these three words that all sound similar but have different meanings and different spellings? (By the way, the name for that type of word is “homophone”, which is different from a “homonym” which is the same spelling and sound but different meaning.) Continue reading “It Ain’t Grammer: “There vs They’re vs Their””
So in today’s “It Ain’t Grammer” post I’m going to talk about the difference between than and then. This is one of the simplest pieces of grammar to get correct. So why do so many people get it wrong? Is it laziness or stupidity?
I like to be optimistic about humans and say it’s laziness, but I’m probably wrong. So what is the difference between the two and how do you know when to use it?
The easiest way to look at it is this: Continue reading “It Ain’t Grammer: “Than vs Then” (With Bonus “Who’s vs Whose”)”
So this is something new I’m going to start doing. It’s separate from the editorial-like posts I mentioned last week. I’ll try to post one of these every other Wednesday. Basically all it’s going to be is a lesson in proper spelling and grammar. If there’s something specific you want me to talk about (when it comes to spelling/grammar) let me know in either a comment or by contacting me in some form or another.
So this first lesson I will be discussing the difference between I and me. This is a common problem that a lot of people just can’t seem to get right. Now sometimes I’ll let it slide if I’m having a conversation with someone and they say “My friend and I” when it should be “My friend and me” (or “Me and my friend” as I’ll talk about later) or vice versa. I get it, it’s difficult to know when you’re speaking and it’s on-the-spot. You don’t have time to think about the sentence before you say it. But I draw the line when you’re typing. Continue reading “It Ain’t Grammer: “I vs Me””