Monday, April 7, 2014
Grammar... Just A Basic Lesson
I'm going to get on my soapbox for a moment. It has always been a pet peeve of mine when I see such chronic misuse of grammar, especially by those who work as educators. I wouldn't even hire a substitute teacher who had such poor grammar skills. And yes, I know some of those. It makes me cringe whenever I see them use poor grammar on such public social sites, knowing that these people could potentially be my child's educator for a day. So, here goes...
There v. They're v. Their.
There is an adverb which refers to a place or position. It has nothing to do with a person. Put your folder over there in that bin.
Their is an adjective or a pronoun. The students need to turn in their homework when they come to class.
They're = they are. It's a contraction. Enough said. If it makes sense to use they are, then use they're. They're preparing to be tested on their grammar skills.
Your v. You're.
Ugh! For some reason, this one bothers me more than any other.
Your is a possessive adjective, meaning that it describes something as belonging to "you": What is your name? Which one is your car? Do your homework now!
You're = you are. It's a contraction. Again, enough said. If it makes sense to use you are, then use you're. You're not as dumb as you think you are.
To v. Too.
Every time I see somebody use the to in place of too, I can't help but think of THIS.
To is a preposition: Go to school to learn proper grammar.
Too means in excess. The kids are going to school to learn proper grammar, too. I ate too much. She made too many mistakes on her test.
This one makes me cringe every time I see it. It makes no sense whatsoever. The correct form would be I see or I've seen. I see the light. I've seen that movie already.
Should of, would of, could of.
This one makes me laugh. I can only assume that people are just writing what they hear instead of what actually makes sense. Please note, should HAVE, would HAVE, could HAVE. You should have learned this in elementary school.
I'm getting off my soapbox for now. Next up; fun kid stories. That is, if I don't throw this tablet out the window. I. Am. Fed. Up!