English can be a confusing language. Letters combine to make sounds that are sometimes indistinguishable from other combinations of letters. Of course, the tendency to not enunciate does not make matters any clearer. And let’s not forget to blame texting and the Internet, where grammar and spelling are barely even afterthoughts. One of the errors I am seeing lately is the use of the word “of” when what is meant is the contracted form of “have”. Example: “I could of eaten that whole pizza by myself.” As written, this sentence makes no sense, even though it sounds like the correct “I could’ve eaten that whole pizza by myself.” The “could’ve” means “could have”, as in, “I could have eaten that whole pizza by myself.” It bothers me when I make mistakes in my writing. Mistakes make us look unprofessional. And even though it probably should not affect me so profoundly, I … Keep reading!
You’ve probably seen the posts floating around Facebook courtesy of Grammarly.com. You know, the ones that demonstrate common spelling, grammar, and other usage errors? I have to say, seeing the English language so thoroughly abused in my feed is frustrating and a little depressing. I am particularly saddened to see fellow writers repeatedly committing these mistakes; I find it more difficult to take them seriously as authors. For the most part, I will take the time to write complete sentences with correct usages in my Facebook posts and even my text messages. Maybe it’s just me feeling like I am filling a small role in fighting the decline of language, maybe I’m just a little OCD. Whatever the case, I want to offer some quick guidelines to help you in your writing over the next several weeks. Topics to be covered in this new series: Apostrophes Commonly mispelled misspelled words … Keep reading!