Today is my youngest’s birthday. So here’s a easy post for me.
How many mistakes can you spot? I’m speaking of the guy on the left, of course. I count eight, if you allow the ellipsis of the subject in the next-to-last cell. The cartoonist could have made the comic “better” if he had used “whats” in the third cell, “worst” in the next-to-last cell, and “error’s” in the last cell.
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The usual grammarian complaint about using “like” is that people confuse the word with “as.” I’m going to make different complaint about using “like.” People shouldn’t say “I’d like to…” when they should actually say what they want to do. I’d like to thank you so much for the wonderful birthday present. I’d like to offer […]
The last post touched on word order. Here’s a subtle rule in English about the order of adjectives when you use more than one to modify a noun. For example, this sounds wrong: She gave him a golden old big star. Somehow you know it should be: She gave him a big old golden star. […]
This use of “whom” is correct. Why does it sound wrong? Good old Dagwood. From Sept 2013 The reason is because word order is important in English. The rules of word order aren’t absolute in English, but we pretty strongly like to have the subject come right before the verb. Since we don’t use many […]
I like comics about our language. here’s another. Can you tell his two mistakes? I like to give credit whenever I post someone else’s work; see the info in the upper left corner. Now down to business. Did you catch the solecisms? Obviously the joke wouldn’t be as good, but to stay with the […]