March Forth for Grammar!

It’s that day again, National Grammar Day. Time to share your favorite grammar goofs.

I continue to see the possessive its spelled with an apostrophe. Why do people do that? It’s illogical. They don’t spell his hi’s or hers her’s (well, some do even that), but they spell its it’s. Grrr.

Your turn. In the Comments section, add grammar goofs that annoy you. And let’s all March forth on March fourth!



8 thoughts on “March Forth for Grammar!

  1. I teach compostion. Guess what’s invading? Text speak, usually i for I, but others, too. The grammar and spelling functions of programs like MS Word are not always accurate. You have to know the word you want or it will stick in something entirely unsuitable. And then there are all those pesky homonyms! You only learn grammar if you plan to use it, and I’m guessing all those studying nursing, criminal justice, humanities, and social sciences don’t plan on writing.

  2. People’s manner of speech varies so much between regions of the country and I’ve lived in them all. When I lived in the south, the “I be going to the store” and “Where you at?” drove me nuts. Now I’m in the midwest and grammar faux pas that bug me are switching verb tenses…”Mom came home yesterday and she were complaining about…” And for some reason, saying ‘fer’ instead of ‘for’ is almost physically painful!

    • Polly, I could go on and on about Southernisms I had to learn when I first moved south. The one I hear often is eat instead of ate, as if eat is the past tense. “I eat too much last night.” Argh! Like nails on a chalkboard to me! LOL

  3. I’m an English teacher subbing in high schools. When I get the opportunity to grade papers, or kids ask me to look theirs over, the first thing I “ding” them on is: “I should of done that.”
    NO! NO! NO! What you’re saying is “I should’ve done that”, meaning you contracted “should” and “have”. The way they write is so totally incorrect! They look sheepish and explain that’s how they talk. I tell them talking is informal, writing needs to be more formal because you can’t look at the speaker’s face, or ask them questions to clarify. Your words have to suffice. Then they want to know what “suffice” means. Sigh…

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