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    Default Amy Pet Peeve...

    PThis has nothing to do with quilting.... However, it has bern on my mind a long time....

    I was once an Englidh teacher, do words and proper grammar matter to me...

    My pet peeve...the thing that mskes me see red us the incorrect use if the word "less"... By people who should know better.... Commercials, famous people, scriptwriters,...people in general...

    You can have...

    Less water
    Less fear
    Less food
    Less knowledge

    You cannot have fewer any if the above things... Just less...

    But you can have

    Fewer pencils
    Fewer glasses
    Fewer books

    You cannot have LESS books, glasses, or less pencils...because LESS does not refer to the plural....FEWER does..

    It just gets to me when I hear people who should know better misuse LESS.. Happens all the time... You hear it all over TV and audio.... You'd think those who produce commercials, and write scripts....or do talk shows...would know that LESS never modifies things...FEWER does.


    Sorry.. I meant MY Pet Peeve... My vision is one if mt stresses right now...
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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    How about to, too and two? Drives me crazy! And "I seen it". I taught college grammar for 7-1/2 years, makes the grammar gene in me go crazy at times!

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    How about this one irregardless.

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    Sorta like: the fullest extent of the law???

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    Or my personal favorite - lose and loose. Apparently there are lots of loosers in this world. Sometimes more of those than actual losers.

    Anyone else cringe at incorrect verb conjugations?

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    Mine is using the word THAT instead of WHO.

    Mrs. Price drilled that one into my head (with a power drill, no less) and I cringe when I hear someone say "The man THAT was driving the car . . . " when it should be "The man WHO was driving the car . . . "

    But, I do find myself using some colloquialisms because I'm being silly.
    Sometimes, when there's a raging fire,
    it's best not to try to put it out with gasoline.

    "...pal carajo con la negatividad..."

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    Even though English is my one and only language, grammar rules still puzzle me. And I'm a college graduate and graduated with honors. For every rule, there seems to be an exception. I have had several people tell me that English is the hardest language to learn. I believe it, I'm still learning.
    Vonnie

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    All of the above, and a few more. English communications major here!

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    Quote Originally Posted by Jean Sewing Machine View Post
    How about to, too and two? Drives me crazy! And "I seen it". I taught college grammar for 7-1/2 years, makes the grammar gene in me go crazy at times!
    Me too, Jean! I wasn't even that good in Language Arts, as they call it today.

    I do have a funny story, though. We have a coworker who I will call "K" that is forever saying "I seen...." Another coworker , "M" has tried unsuccessfully to break her of this bad habit. One night recently "K" came in and said to "M" - "I seen two men in the parking lot that looked suspicious" "M" again tried to correct her by saying "I SAW two men in the parking lot" to which "K" replied "you seen them too?"
    Donna

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    Default Re: Amy Pet Peeve...

    Mine is Kindergarten, especially when a kindergarten teacher says they teach Kindeegarden.
    Beth

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