Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Grammar Lesson

I don't correct peoples' grammar. In large part because mine is abhorrent. One thing I do mentally note in conversation, though I never mention it, is hypercorrection. A good example of this phenomenon is how people know that the word "me" is often used when "I" should be used. "Mike and me are going to the bar." It should be, "Mike and I are going to the bar." But if you're saying "Are you going the bar with Mike or me" then "me" would be correct. This doesn't bother me. What bothers me are the people who say they feel badly about something. You don't have to say, "I felt really badly we left him at the bar." That means you're bad at feeling. What you mean is, "I felt really bad we left him at the bar." I feel really bad about putting a grammar lesson in your morning email.

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