Now, dear friends, is the portion of the program where we discuss our grammar pet peeves. Won’t you play along?
Here are mine in no particular order:
- “Bob and I’s anniversary” GAH! If you never learn anything from reading this blog except one single nugget of information, let this be it: “I” should never be made to stand next to an apostrophe “s”. They do not get along and you will only have trouble on your hands if you make this mistake. Besides, the apostrophe “s” is meant to show possession and the possessive form of I is a little word known as MY! See? No need to make two hot heads stand next to each other in this case. How about “Bob’s and my anniversary”? Now isn’t that better?
- “The beaver saw it’s shadow.” This is a common mistake. In fact, I saw this very thing in the title of a majorly popular mommy blog post. “It’s” can only mean one thing: IT IS. That’s it. The apostrophe in this word can NEVER be possessive.
- “Alot”. Now, think about this one. Do you ever write “abunch”? No, because they should be two words, and we do not smash two words together. It just isn’t mannerly. It violates the personal space of both words. It should be “a lot”. That way you can squeeze an extra word in there, like “a whole lot”.
What are your grammar pet peeves?