4 Dec 2009
Well said Lauren! Appreciate your correcting MY grammar!
3 Dec 2009
Here are my grammar pet peeves:
1.) separated infinitives (It's so nice TO finally MEET you.)
2.) Introductory phrases that don't modify the subject that immediately follows ("As the daughter of an English major, WE were always corrected . . . " No, no, no -- I think the writer means, "As the daughter of an English major, I recall that we were always corrected . . . " or -- "As the daughters of an English major, WE were always corrected.") (We can cover passive voice in another blog -- "we were always corrected.")
3.) subject/verb agreement (Bad grammar and other sloppy language sends me screaming from the room too. -- What you must have meant to say is, "Bad grammar and other sloppy language SEND me . . ." You have two subjects ("grammar" and "language").
4.) the misuse of the apostrophe for possessive "its" -- It's time (It is) time to go -- but "entertainment at its best."
And some colloquialisms that drive me crazy:
1.) "free gift" -- Gifts are always free. If I have to pay for it, it's not a gift.
2.) "past history" -- history always refers to the past; "past experience" is OK, because you can also anticipate "future experiences."
3.) "added bonus" -- a bonus is the added part
4.) further/farther -- further indicates a continuance of time (We didn't discuss it further.) Farther indicates physical distance (My new house is farther from work than my old house was.)
I'm off to diagram some sentences now.
11 Nov 2009
And not to mention liberry instead of library...it rather makes me laugh. Do you use any liberries or libraries in the scope of your winemaking? lol
Anyway I don't have to hear that all the time now and I am glad!
21 Oct 2009
Well this must be a Middle Sister trait that I wasn't aware of! My sisters always make fun of me for correcting grammar. How about when people misuse "I" and "me"?? That makes me crazy along with all of the other examples that have been given.
21 Oct 2009
Wait Rebel Red! I'm from the Midwest and we say "on accident", does that make us grammatically ignorant or just geographically different!??
18 Oct 2009
As another oldest sister, who LOVES your concept and your wine, AND as a former English teacher, I can not stand it when people misuse "your" and "you're."
I am preparing a presentation for my sister for her retirement next spring. I didn't want to arrange pictures and movies in chronological order. When I saw your wines, I was thrilled. I'm going to use each of your wines as a way to organize my thoughts and pictures for her show. As a middle sister, she has displayed ALL the characteristics defined by your wines. Thanks for the inspiration.
15 Oct 2009
My ears were bleeding just reading this! Here's another one...there is no such word as 'dove,' not the bird, but the past tense of 'dive.' Here it is in a sentence, "Yesterday, we dived off the coast of Grand Cayman where we saw coral, stingrays and parrot fish."
15 Oct 2009
Thanks Diane! In what state do you live? (note: did not end the sentence in a preposition!) I can give you the distributor's name and you can go to any local wine retailer where they can call the distributor and order it for you.