If there’s something I feel really strongly about, it’s got to be spelling and grammar.
A lot of people don’t think it’s important and that makes me really sad.
If it’s complicated stuff I can usually get over it. No one is perfect and I know I get things wrong as well. But the simple stuff which people get wrong every day just infuriates me.
For example. ‘Your a really good friend.’ Is wrong. ‘Your’ means ‘your ball’ or ‘is that your child over there rummaging through my bins?’
I think what you really meant to say was ‘you’re a really good friend.’ Why? Because what you’re actually saying is ‘you are a really good friend.’ Which can be shortened to ‘you’re’. It’s really that simple.
‘There making a really bad decision about this.’ OH ARE THEY? Is it like the decision you made to not pay attention in school? Here, ‘there’ doesn’t work, because ‘there’ is used to show where something is, as in a verbal direction. ‘The ball is over there.’ Would be an example.
In the above sentence, you’d want to use ‘they’re’ because that is the contraction of ‘they are’.
And while we’re on the topic of this, ‘their’ in a sentence would go something like this. ‘That ball is their ball.’ The word ‘their’ signifies a possession.
I hope you’re all following me.
There are a lot of things which bother me, as you can tell. I’m going to compile a few favourites for you now in a handy and easy to remember list.
Definitely = I am definitely going to get this right next time. It’s not ‘defiantly’ or anything else. You are not ‘defiantly looking forward to the football season.’ – That just implies that you aren’t allowed to look forward to it…
Generally / genuinely gets me as well, they’re both completely different words, so how do people mix them up? It’s ‘I am genuinely looking forward to our day trip.’
Generally just implies that you’re not all that bothered, and most of the time I think you actually mean genuinely, but you just got confused along the way.
Apostrophes indicate possession for nouns (“Jim’s hat,” “several years’ work”) but not for personal pronouns (its, your, their, and whose).
Apostrophes also indicate omissions in contractions (“it’s” = “it is”) – as already covered.
In general, they are not used to indicate plurals.
This picture really helps, and outlines some things which I haven’t yet mentioned, but which still bother me.
So, that’s my pet peeve, all spelled out for you. It may not seem important to you, and you may just think ‘it’s the Internet!’ But it is important, because getting it wrong makes you look stupid.
This is just the tip of the iceberg for me really.
In my opinion, everyone should have to undergo proper testing before they’re allowed to enter chain professions. You definitely shouldn’t be allowed to teach people / be a journalist if you can’t grasp these basic rules though. Sorry, but that’s my opinion and I’m entitled to that.
I’m probably crazy, and you’re probably right about that, but it’s something I care about.
Ps. If you have a genuine problem, such as dyslexia, I can let that go. Who am I to have a go at you if you genuinely can’t do it? As for the rest of you lazy sods…
Pps. I’d like to give some thanks to Sam Hill, his your / you’re video was just fantastic.