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    Default Pet grammar bugbears

    Till when they are shortening until. It's 'til!!

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    "Haitch" for the letter H - with a 'huh' at the front
    "Less" and "fewer"
    "Done" instead of "finished" (might just be an americanism?)

    And i'm not sure if it's technically correct or not, but "at the minute" as in "I'm at the shops at the minute" - I've noticed it more and more recently, and just can't get my head around it. Is it just me?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Catkin View Post
    Oooh yes, and if you want to borrow something from me, you are *borrowing* it, not "having a lend" or whatever other permutation you decide to use... and while I'm at it, do people really not know the difference between itch and scratch??
    I don't know this.

    Can I not scratch my itch or itch my scratch?? Maybe I need to scratch my scratch and itch my itch?? Are they really not somewhat interchangeable??

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    Default Pet grammar bugbears

    Should of
    Could of
    Would of
    Might of
    !!!!
    It's HAVE, not OF!

    That's why the contraction goes like this: "should've", "could've", "would've", etc.

    Things like this only get to me because I'm an English teacher and its harder and harder to help students learn correct English when there's an abundance of poor English, well, everywhere!
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    I can't stand when people write .... Blah blah AND blah blah happened AND blah blah blah AND blah blah AND blah blah blah.
    Use a full stop and start a new sentence!!!!

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    Default Re: Pet grammar bugbears

    "I seen her at the shop yesterday" - instead of "I saw her at the shop yesterday". Cringe!

    Saying the words everythink or somethink. Drives me crazy!

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    Can I throw a punctuation pet peeve in? The misuse of apostrophes drives me absolutely effing mental, particularly where it is mis-used with a plural of an acronym, for example "DVD's".

    A colleague of mine, who is highly educated and a senior professional (in a profession that is ALL about the correct use of language) had a folder on his desk that says "PDS's". I took to the apostrophe with white-out and he actually argued with me, saying that the apostrophe was necessary since there are letters missing. I said if that were the case then it should be "P'D'S's".

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    Default Pet grammar bugbears

    Using then and than to mean the same thing... It's not, "I'm better then that" it's "I'm better THAN that"... Geez, how hard is it? ...

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    some bad grammar irks me. I can't STAND when someone says "oh come and see what i brought at the shops today". Also can't stand "oh yeah, i seen you too". I have a friend who says both all the time and i so badly want to correct her (but never do of course).
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    Default Re: Pet grammar bugbears

    Quote Originally Posted by shelle65 View Post
    Can I throw a punctuation pet peeve in? The misuse of apostrophes drives me absolutely effing mental, particularly where it is mis-used with a plural of an acronym, for example "DVD's".

    A colleague of mine, who is highly educated and a senior professional (in a profession that is ALL about the correct use of language) had a folder on his desk that says "PDS's". I took to the apostrophe with white-out and he actually argued with me, saying that the apostrophe was necessary since there are letters missing. I said if that were the case then it should be "P'D'S's".
    I have to agree with your friend here. its like saying 50s not 50's, while yes technically breaking the rules it is also considered acceptable breaking these rules for the use of acronyms.



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