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Trivia Grammar Mistakes Happens To Everyone

Discussion in 'Academic & Campus Talk' started by queencee, Dec 4, 2015.

  1. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    We all want to make a lasting impression in front of people but grammatically and accidentally, we make a mistake or two. So here is a list of words even smart people make. Don't feel bad...it happens to everyone. [​IMG]
    Irregardless and unthaw

    These are not words. "Regardless" and "thaw" are sufficient and don't need any senseless prefixes mucking them up.

    Bring and take

    When using these words as commands think in terms of direction. People bring things toward you and take things away from you. Correct examples: "Please bring your report to my office;" and "Please take this report to the receptionist."

    Alot and a lot

    Fortunately spellcheck catches this one most of the time, but know this: If you're trying to say you have an abundance of something there should be a space in "a lot."

    I, me, and myself

    The question of how to refer to yourself along with other people is commonly misunderstood. Most people know to say the other person's name first when it happens at the beginning of the sentence; "Mark and I went to the meeting." But when this same phrase happens at the end of a sentence people get confused, often thinking the same usage of "I" is appropriate, which it isn't.

    Instead, it should be "The CEO met with Mark and me." The easy way to remember this one is to imagine removing the other person's name. It would sound weird to say "The CEO met with I," right?

    As for "myself," only use it if "me" or "I" would sound awkward in its place, such as "I kept the secret to myself." Saying "Mark and myself will attend the meeting" only makes a speaker look silly when a simple "I" would have sufficed.

    Impact, affect, and effect

    Using "impact" as a verb has become so ubiquitous I've pretty much given up on this one, but if you want to say things like "The cutbacks greatly impacted the bottom line" know that the grammar geeks of the world may cringe. Why? Because "affected" is what you really mean and once upon a time "impact" was used strictly as a noun. Maybe you've never mastered the difference between "affect" and "effect" and use "impact" just to be safe. If that's you, it's time to understand these words now. "Affect" is a verb that means to do something that causes an "effect," which is noun. Just think of the "a" in "affect" also is used in "action," which is what verbs do.

    Loose and lose

    The first one means your dog escaped his kennel, your change is clinking in your pocket, or your clothes are too big. "Lose" is what happened to you when you can't find your keys, you have to settle a bet, or were beat in a game.

    Overuse of apostrophes

    Apostrophes indicate one of two things: Possession or letters missing, as in "Sara's iPad" and "it's" for "it is" (second "i" missing). They don't belong on plurals. When you have more than one of something there's no need to add an apostrophe. Same thing with your last name. If you want to refer to your family but don't want to list everyone's first name write "The Johnsons" not "The Johnson's." Years also shouldn't have apostrophes. For example, "1980s" is correct but "1980's" is not.

    Principle and principal

    These words are easily confused. One definition for "principle" is "a moral rule or belief that helps you know what is right and wrong and that influences your actions," according to Merriam-Webster.com. As for "principal" think of the person who presides over a school--someone who's first in rank. Here's a trick for keeping the two straight: The "a" in principal is first in the alphabet, just like a principal is someone who's first in rank.

    Lay and lie

    Generally, if you can replace the word in question with some variant of "put" or "place," use "lay." If not, use "lie." So, it should be "I need to lie down" and "He laid his keys on the table." "Lying down" gets confusing when you're talking about doing it in the past, however. For example, it should be "Mark lay on the bed after coming home from work yesterday."

    Borrow and lend

    Some people incorrectly use the word borrow instead of lend. It would be wrong to say "He borrowed me his car for the afternoon" or "Can you borrow me a dollar?" The correct way: "He lent me his car" or even "He loaned me his car," although be warned that some grammar snobs take issue with using loan as a verb.

    Someone doesn't borrow something tosomeone, but from someone, as in "I borrowed her calculator." Likewise, lending is something only a giver does. Just remember, the person doing the giving lends and the person receiving something borrows it.
  2. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

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  3. nice topic queencee ! alright, girl power . :D
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  4. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    Ma'am Soul Surfer thank you ahahaha
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  5. ravage

    ravage Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    I use english most of the time, though I admit I'm not really aware and does not care if my grammar is always correct or not. I'm only good in bullshitt*ng. Not bulshitt*ng people but bulshitt*ng my way around people. :hilarious:
    I do not consider myself as someone who is good in english.
    Para sa akin kasi it is already given that none-anglosaxon people like us will never be as good in english as the anglosaxon people. And grammar only counts when you are inside the classroom of your schools.
    But it's always good to know and use proper grammar.
  6. I only make mistakes on typing, I have some but not noticeable enough to be a big problem :-)
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  7. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    Eloquence is a gift talaga, I don't think I can finish a day without making a grammatical mistake.
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  8. ravage

    ravage Administrator Staff Member Administrator

    And please don't call me sir. :D
  9. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    ravage simply ravage then...
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  10. Xelos

    Xelos Eternal Poster Established

    nice (y) thank you this is a good practice for us who start to learn english i will "bring" this information :hilarious:
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  11. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    Sir Xelos , yes as always practise makes perfect but don't take it home ahahaha, we will need it here.
    Last edited: Dec 26, 2015
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  12. (y) Ayos matututu tayo mag English in proper way.whahaha;)
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  13. Very helpful.
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  14. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    Thank you Sir capslocked.
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  15. Thanks bagong kaalaman galing dito sa ph:)
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  16. you are welcome Madame:D you could be a professor to some students like me who is just learning the English language.
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  17. Thanks for the share boss!
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  18. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    taroroy thanks for the positivity.

    PerfectStranger I am so touched, thank you.

    Silverface99 I'd kill to have that writing skill, I'm glad you liked this too.

    jaesan most welcome.
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  19. EARZE

    EARZE PHC Contributor Established

    thanks for sharing boss.. (y)
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  20. queencee

    queencee Forum Expert Established

    most welcome.
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