Words and Common Confusions

Sooo useful! Love this!

Kristen Twardowski

Today is a day for revisiting the madness of the English language. We have all had moments when our minds blank and we can’t figure out what word we should use. “Affect or effect?” We wonder to ourselves. “Affect is usually a verb, right?” Luckily the fine folks at GrammarCheck have a bright and bubbly infograph that helps writers make the proper word choices.

Back when I was grading students’ essays, this would have been a great resource to hand to them. I’m still half-tempted to send it around to people I know, but I’ll restrain myself.

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Random Chat: Grammar Nerd Issues

Grammar Nerd Issues

Step up, take a seat, make yourself at home and let’s chat!

Hey, folks!

I was browsing through the internet and came across this article:

Correcting People’s Grammar: Just Don’t Do It

It made me wonder how you can tell whether someone wants to be corrected.

I, for one, always want to be corrected. I love grammar, both portuguese and english, and although I have some pet peeves that I refuse to bend on (for instance, right now proofread is telling me to capitalize the words portuguese and english and I am not gonna :P), generally speaking I do want to know when I write something incorrectly, because I always want to learn and better myself.

It pains me to see that, these days, people in my country (and others, I am sure) don’t really know how to write or even speak properly, as in how to correctly pronunciate the words.
I cringe when I see some most common mistakes and have to exert some serious self-control to keep from correcting them.

On the other hand, I feel bad because I am sure some – if not most – people view this passion of mine as snobbish.

Do you have this issue?
Do you care about grammar at all?
Have you noticed any particular mistakes in my posts?

Tell me everything!