You’re Grammer Matters Alot

Alot is not a word. Neither is ashrimp, abanana, or aworm.

Alexis Mayhue

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May Ray Day
May 19, 2015

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You’re grammar matters everyday, but none more so than grammar day.

It’s time to take trip back to middle school— maybe even back to elementary where you learned the basics of writing.

Let’s go back to the time where you learned how to make a proper sentence with all the right punctuation and correct grammar and where to stop talking instead of going on and on and on in these little things called run on sentences.

Back to the good ol’ days of their, there, and they’re.

Sounds exciting, and I bet you can’t wait, right?

Today, March 4, is Grammar Day.

Let’s face it, the use of a comma can save your neck. Putting one in the right place at the right time can help you come off as a sane, well-rounded individual. And if you don’t then you might come off as crazy.

Don’t believe me? Take a look at this: “Let’s eat mom.”

You might be getting a couple men in blue knocking on your door if the wrong person hears that.

Here’s the correct version: “Let’s eat, mom.”

Much, much better.

You also have the sentences that use one word twice in a row, and it’s not wrong. You know what I mean, don’t you?

When you say something like, “I know that that is the answer.” When you say it this way, you are grammatically correct … there’re just other, better ways to go about it.

Instead of using a double “that” you could say, “I know that this is the answer.” Or you could even just say the answer: “I know fifty-two is the answer.”

Grammar is the basis of your everyday life if you really think about it.

It could honestly help you know if you are about to die.

What? Don’t believe me?

Correct grammar could be the difference between “Your dinner” and “You’re dinner”

Mind blown.

“Grammar is important but I hate when people correct me.”

Grammar Police

That is never something I will understand. Why do people get so mad when you correct them? You’re helping them for the future. You’re helping them come off smarter, and more people will take them seriously.

But no! Offenders get mad at you.

Another subject we can hit on is the correct usage of words that sound like others words – homophones. (We’ve got a funny video accompanying this article on just this topic. Watch it!)

Words like to/two/tooaffect/effect, and then/than are all words that are commonly used wrong and it’s an easy fix… usually.

“It’s mediocre.” “… No, Devin, I think you mean middle.”