Hi everyone, and welcome to Phase 2 of my peculiarly ad hoc grammar and punctuation tutorial.

The original intention was to try to offer useful tid-bits of grammatical quirkery, mis-types and blunders and to offer solutions to the mix-ups. My good friend Old Codger raised an interesting point:

Our language and its correct application is in a state of flux. What was unacceptable yesterday is frequently acceptable today. Things we were taught at school have sometimes been overtaken, as errors have been universally adopted and have become the new "truth". Part of the solution to maintaining standards is to know that while it may be acceptable to describe a product as "awesome" on your website, it will never be an acceptable word in your job application letter.

The reason these pages exist is that while everyone will accept, and possibly applaud high standards, not everyone will accept lower standards. Here's an unusual but feasible example: you are looking on the Internet for legal advice. You come across two attractive websites and start to read...

Site 1. "Pothecary and Partners are renowned for offering proffesional free advise. Ring for an appointment.

Site 2. The Stanley Partnership offers excellent, free advice and will only charge once we have agreed a way forward with you, our client.

Did you spot the biggest turn off? Many people would click away from site #1 because of two spelling mistakes in one line. How professional is a business which can't spell "professional" and doesn't know the difference between "advise" and "advice"? Which company would you use?

Right then - on to the meat and potatoes...

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1. Remember, language is evolving but it also still has rules.
2. Learn that professionals often have old-fashioned values.

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christine2 Premium
I will leave now, because I am constantly picking up grammar and spelling mistakes in others, as well as on the news, in newspapers, in books, on the radio...
Not that mine is perfect, but I must have had VERY GOOD TEACHERS as I was painfully and deliberately acquiring English as my second language...I would never have had the guts to put anything up as training but I find it hilarious and can only commend you, Paul.I feel like I have found a soul mate griping about the same thing. I hope you have given a tutorial on my pet hate: the misuse of the words to lay and to lie. My patients always tell me they were laying down...their life, perhaps? And working in Ashton-under - Lyne near Manchester one of my patients proceeded to tell me: "I were just eating me tea, when..."
Coming from South Africa I never thought that i would need an interpreter for English, but there I did!
Paul Dean Premium
In Manchester (as elsewhere in England) people will happily admit to being "sat in front of the telly". I never occurs to them that by the same grammatical rules they should "get up and go for a walked". People seem particularly poor at tenses.

When ever I hear the word "sat" on telly I shout the word "sitting!" My wife just sighs.

I'll try to do "me" and "I" tomorrow, along with the correction to "me and him went out".
mrbill74 Premium
I'm forever correcting my girlfriend's comments, and it's reached the point where I simply brace myself after doing so--I KNOW she's going to smack me! These comments here remind me of a grammar course I enjoyed while still at AT&T. By the end of class, we came to three resolute conclusions:

1) It's not 'Lay Lady Lay', it's 'Lie Lady Lie';
2) It's not 'Lay Down, Sally', it's 'Lie Down, Sally'; and
3) It's not 'I Feel Good!', but 'I Feel Well'.

I may not have used the proper punctuation above, but this discussion is about grammar, right? :-)
speedking Premium
Hi Christine, good to hear from a fellow South African and great to meat up with you at WA ! I'm very new to all of this, but having a lot of fun doing it .Paul reminds me of one of my English teachers way back when in 'lekka" ol' SA.........keep up the good work Paul , there's always something new to learn.
RandyKR Premium
You should try to don' t lett it buggya so much.
JayandGlenda Premium Plus
Another one that bothers me is the misuse of the words I and me. Please clarify for those who obviously don't know any better.
mamalama Premium
As a home-school mom, I deal with grammar issues pretty regularly but I didn't have the guts to create grammar lessons for the WA community. This is a great service to many. Thanks a lot!
jespinola Premium
Interesting.. I will check my grammar :)
techhound Premium Plus
Hey Paul, great lesson. How about "Yore" being added to the last section? LOL.

Best Regards,
Paul Dean Premium
I'll do "yore" when I do "y'all". (No I won't).
techhound Premium Plus
LOL. Nice!