I can't stand it any more. I've held my tongue for too long. I'm going to burst. Listen up, people. We have grammar rules for a reason. These rules are in place because there are right ways and wrong ways to write, to punctuate, to verbalize, etc.
For the love of God and all that is holy, please familiarize yourselves with these rules and then USE them. It's not that hard. To help you get started, I've listed some of the most common grammar mistakes that make me crazy. I've even included proper examples of each, for those of you who learn better that way.
Don't lose your keys.
Don't let the dog loose.
She gave me good advice.
I advise you to use proper grammar.
Sally is taller than Doug.
We'll get dinner then we'll go to the store.
Their house is for sale.
There goes the neighborhood.
They're moving next door to you!
Your mom is beautiful.
You're going to love this pie!
People misuse this word a lot! (It's two words people!)
How will that food affect your diet?
What are the side effects of that medicine?
*Easy way to remember: affect is a verb, effect is a noun. (We all know what verbs and nouns are, right?)
He is going toward the light!
(No final "s" on toward, forward, backward, etc.)
COULD OF/COULD HAVE
He could have gotten a bigger refund.
("Could of" is always improper grammar.)
"Bring" implies movement toward you, i.e. Please bring me the salt.
"Take" implies movement away from you, i.e. Please take the salt to dad.
The mouse ate its cheese happily.
It's going to rain.
(The apostrophe is the most misused punctuation mark in the world. Note the sign above.)
If you need additional grammar lessons, go here. It's a wealth of information. However, from what I read, most people out there need this instead. And, sadly, most people who use poor grammar could care less, which makes them look like the poor, uneducated souls they truly are.
Feel free to comment and share your most frustrating grammar mistakes. Unless of course, the thing that frustrates you most of all is the person who points out your grammar mistakes. ahem..........