Grammarians UNITE!

Discussion in 'Random Ramblings' started by JennsPeeps, Jan 16, 2009.

  1. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Don't read if proper grammar isn't important to you. This is officially a rant, which is a sermon to the choir.

    <deep breath, step on soapbox>

    "Unique" means "one of a kind". Something cannot be more "one of a kind" than something else, hence the word "unique" cannot accept a qualifier such as "very", "really", or "most".

    Something either is one-of-a-kind or it isn't. Given its meaning, the word "unique" is one of the few words in the English language that cannot accept a qualifier. Something can, however, be "truly unique".

    I hear people say "really unique" on the news and at work all the time. I work at a university and these people should know better!!

    http://www.drgrammar.org/faqs/

    While we're at it, let's reduce the unnecessary use of superlatives. Is that hamburger really "incredible" or is it juicy and delicious? Is the traffic "catastrophic" or slow and clogged? Was that movie "the most amazing thing" (stop saying this, Mom!!) or was it an interesting film with a new perspective on xx?

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    Last edited: Jan 16, 2009
  2. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    That post was just breath taking. [​IMG]

    You are just totally awesome! [​IMG]
     
  3. PotterWatch

    PotterWatch My Patronus is a Chicken

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    Your right. [​IMG] [​IMG]
     
  4. JennsPeeps

    JennsPeeps Rhymes with 'henn'

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    Oh, I can keep going.

    it's = conjunction for it is
    its = possessive form of "it"
    Pronouns do not need an apostrophe to indicate possession: mine, yours, hers, his, ours, whose, its

    "The cat's meow."
    "The cat lost its mouse."

    --AND--

    Don't know if you should use "me" or "I"? Eliminate the other people in the sentence and you'll know:
    "He gave it to (Susie and) me." or "He gave it to (Susie and) I."




    I'm going to bed now. Its the best, most unique bed ever and DBF is going to come to bed with I in a little while!
     
  5. Mahonri

    Mahonri Urban Desert Chicken Enthusiast Premium Member

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    Quote:Yup, U R !
     
  6. The Chicken Lady

    The Chicken Lady Moderator Staff Member

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    My grammar pet peeve is "would of," "could of" and "should of" -- three phrases in English that DO NOT exist. It's "would've" (would have), "could've" (could have) and "should've" (should have).
     
  7. Highlander

    Highlander Tartan Terror

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    Or how about "literally" as in:

    I "literally" jumped out of my skin.
    I "literally" died when I saw that.


    ummmm.... I don't think so!
     
  8. DuckLady

    DuckLady Administrator~~~ BYC Store Support Staff Member

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    My hubby is a teacher and I deliberately mispronounce things. [​IMG]

    He knows what I am doing and I know he knows. And he knows I know he knows.

    For example, I will pronounce Oregon as "Ah-ree-gawn" and start counting. Between 6 and 8 he will burst forth with OREGON!
    It is fun watching his cheeks puff out as he tries to resist.

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  9. skirbo

    skirbo Chillin' With My Peeps

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    My two biggest pet peeves (aside from text speak, which will be the downfall of society, you watch!) are loose/lose and rein/reign.

    I just want to scream every time I read one used incorrectly.

    Sarah
     
  10. Opa

    Opa Opa-wan Chickenobi

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    I'm real impressed with the misuse of there and their
     

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