Jan 6, 2010

Grammatically Correct

I love reading. I love writing. I was an English major. Sometimes people ask me questions about the structure of a sentence, or to look over something they wrote. I don't mind - I actually love it.

However. I would be eternally grateful if people remembered what they learned in elementary school. Your is possessive. You're means you are.

For instance, someone might write, Becky, how was your day? I would love to read that instead of, Becky how was you're day? Oh. my. gosh. Seriously?

I'm not perfect, I make mistakes. I get that the English language is weird about a lot of stuff. Lie or lay, than or then, who or that - lots of ways to get mixed up. But your and you're? Come on!

*Deep sigh* Rant over.

What about you dear readers? Do any of you have grammatical quirks like I do, or is it just an English major thing? Happy hump day!

(Photo: sarah lownes via naturally nina)


Lisa from Lisa's Yarns said...

I'm the same way w/ your v. you're, its v. it's, their v. there. Drives me crazy when people misuse them!

Ľubaša said...

hi... it was interesting post. i am similar than you... it makes me nervous or unhappy when i see web sites full of mistakes, when i listen to thousands expressions and sentences on tv which are not correct and are not pronounced correctly (it seems that some slovak celebrity entertainers dont attend elementary school, but all they love to be paid very well.:)... BUT all this is in my language, in Slovak. as regards my English i do the same mistakes as you ve mentioned... e.g. i dont write capital letter I (i am), i use "its" in case when i want to say "it is"... i use "dont" instead of "don't"... and all shortened words i write without "'". it is easy to be explained... my keyboard is set on slovak language and we dont have apostrophe... it means that i should change keybord from slovak to english every few second.:-) and i am really lazy to do that... But i fully understand your anger about English language. have a nice day!

Lucy The Valiant said...

Due to my very strange education, I never (as in NEVER) had even one grammar lesson. Basically what I had was an enormous bookshelf full of classical books, and instructions to read them and write about them. I got really good grades on all of my college papers, though, probably just because I knew how things should look and sound. I teach English all day long now, and there are still a ton of grammar rules that I always knew in practice and not in theory, so I'm learning them along with my students!

Amber said...

Completely agree - the your/you're mistake really irks me. I do struggle myself with then or than sometimes though. I have to say the sentence out loud to figure it out, lol!

Tracie Nall said...

Your/You're is the worst. It drives me batty!

rachaelgking said...

At leest you no wut you like!


Nicole said...

Oh my, these things drive me up the wall. And I really don't see the difficulty in than/then. I'd also like to throw in one of my *favorite* (hated) misspellings: tomarrow instead of tomorrow. Seriously?! I have at least three friends who spell it that way.

Stevie said...

I heart you. I can't stand poor grammar. I hate it when people end sentences with prepositions: "Where are you AT?" Ugh. The your/you're, it's/its, their/there/they're thing also drives me bat shit crazy. So does the word anyways. It's ANYWAY.

Anyway...I don't think there's any excuse for poor grammar.

AO said...

I just really like the picture you posted.

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