Grammar peeves.

Simply put, this is a list of grammar mistakes that totally peeve me.

1. Incorrect use of "it's" and "its".
2. Incorrect use of apostrophes in general. I think people ju'st like to throw them in whenever they see an "s."
3. Incorrect use of "your" and "you're." and "their," "there" and "they're."
4. Incorrect spacing of words and phrases. It drives me nuts to see sentences like "do you want to workout?" That's a noun. "Work out" is a verb. Likewise with "breakthrough," "tryout," and a number of other terms. Also, if something happens every day then it's an everyday occurrence. "We go to the store everyday" is not a valid sentence.
5. Use of "an" in front of any word that starts with an "h" just because it starts with an "h." The rule is based on sound. If the word starts with a vowel sound (ankle, elephant, Ypres), then you use "an." If it starts with a consonant sound (cat, pharmacy, historic), you use "a."

Leave comments and add your own peeves, please. Feel free to correct my grammar and punctuation as well.

2 comment(s).:

August 28, 2008 at 6:40 PM MPU said...

Let's not forget 'their.'

I also don't like the use of ellipses to indicate the passage of time, rather than missing ... words.

You might like to read Bonnie Trenga's The Sentence Sleuth blog. She also wrote, "The Curious Case of the Misplaced Modifier: How to Solve the Mysteries of Weak Writing."

August 29, 2008 at 7:40 PM Jefferysan said...

How about when folks correct you by saying, "Jimmy and I," when in reality it's a situation in which "me" is grammatically correct?