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Most Annoying Grammar Fails

July 23, 2014

Grammar has been popping up everywhere I look lately so it was only fitting that I write a blog post on the topic. Bad grammar is rampant. Writers seem to be the last bastion in the war against erroneous word crimes. So I’m going to rely on Weird Al Yankovic to help me out. And by the way, if you haven’t seen his ridiculously, hilarious spoof of Blurred Lines yet, take a few moments to watch this:

You can also watch the video here.

And now for the main event. Here are the most annoying grammar fails:

Too Many Exclamation Points

I used to be a top offender on this one until an awesome boss I had asked why I was yelling all the time in my writing. Probaby because I had too much caffeine!!!! Please people, only one exclamation point will get your point across!

Your vs. You’re

This is one of those things that just makes me cringe: “Your so funny!!!!!” (Notice the exclamation points). You’re is a contraction for “you are.” Your is the possesive form of the word “you.” Two different things. You’re welcome.

Random Capitalization

For some reason, business people are the worst when it comes to random capitalization. They think that their Manager may be lurking around the Copy Machine so they must capitalize or they’ll get Fired. The only things that should be capitalized are proper nouns. Period!

Passive Sentences

We don’t talk like this: The cake was eaten by the dog. So let’s not write like it, okay? To avoid the passive voice, identify the main noun. In this sentence, it’s “dog.” Then put that at the begining of your sentence: The dog ate the cake. Ah, much better but now wish I had some cake.

Homophone Misuse

Homophones are words that sound the same but are different in meaning or spelling. The most common are accept/except. Here’s a hint: I accept your invitation to wrestle lobsters except on Tuesadays and Thursdays because that’s when I take unicorn riding lessons. Here are more funny homophone fails.

Keep in mind that these are grammar fails that annoy me the most. Since many of you are writers, what grammar flubs make you want to break out the red pen and go all editor on someone? Tell me in the comments. I’d love to hear from you!

 

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  1. Yep. It’s hard for people to keep all the rules in mind all of the time. Posts like these act as good reminders. I keep a list of my personal rule-breaking habits, and hit that list first every time I’m ready to edit. Thanks for sharing, Dana!

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