grammar

sugarmagnolia's picture

alright, usually grammar is something picky that doesn't matter, but lately I've been getting confused because there are a lot of hanging modifiers (at least i think that's what it's called) in people's journal entries. that means people use a pronoun like "him" or "her" and you can't tell who they're refering to. for example:
my boyfriend and his ex are talking too much, yesterday he was really out of line (i don't know, i suck at examples) you can't tell if "he" refers to the boyfriend or the ex.
i know i'm being a bitch, but i copy edit for the school paper, so i thought i'd vent about some grammar things
a lot is two words

they're means they are
their is possesive (it's their food)
there shows location (the street is over there)

and "or" question should not have yes and no choices, ex: is justin timberlake a good singer or is it just me? a no response could mean that justin timberlake is not a good singer or it could mean that it's not just you.

sorry about that everyone, i just had to get it out of my system. with my luck, this entire entry is filled with errors and typos of my own.

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rowie's picture

i'm an editior for my school

i'm an editior for my school paper too and it amazes me how some very clever people still make the most basic grammar mistakes. i'm sure i do it too though - after being on holiday and speaking a lot of german while i was away i sent my friend an email saying "i maid it their fine thanks" how stupid is that?

+ if i cant be a good example ill just have to be a horrible warning +

**you must be the change you wish to see in the world**

NovaCat's picture

Thank you for addressing the

Thank you for addressing the "their/there/they're" issue. That is the ONE thing I wish people would do. It's not that big of a deal if you don't capitalize or if you end sentences with propositions or if you have run-on sentences with no commas such as this one. It's even okay if you comma splice all over the place.

BUT PLEASE OH PLEASE OH PLEASE try to understand that "their" is possessive, "they're" is a contraction of "they are", and "there" is a location.

"They're going to school to get their books. I hope they get there soon."

Thank you, and good night.

ACCgirl's picture

gotta admit

I can be a pretty huge pedant when it comes to grammar. Yes, I am aware that humans make mistakes (god knows I do) but shattering basic rules of grammar just irks me. The they're/their/there thing is one of such basic grammar rules; thanks for pointing it out.