I constantly run into mistakes in English here and elsewhere that you'd think people would have got right eventually simply by listening or reading. Following are some examples. Got some examples that drive you nuts?
I use to drink too much.
In this sentence, "use" needs a final "d." This mistake is most likely made by people who learn their English from tweets or chats, not from reading actual literature, much less paying attention in class.
I would of helped, but I was pressed for time.
It should be "have" not "of." Otherwise, same speculation as before.
My intervention had the desired affect.
His unplaceable accent and hesitant way of walking gave him a strange effect.
They are somewhat confusing in that both "effect" and "affect" can be used as verbs as well as nouns, but the difference isn't all that hard to learn.
The city gave Mary many kudos for her efforts.
The Greek word "kudos" is singular, not plural. "The city gave Mary kudos for her efforts" is correct. Maybe it's simply best to use words that are familiar rather than going beyond your everyday vocabulary into the dark territory of foreign words, and Greek is much further into that dark territory than, say, Spanish or German.
If you want a price, ask the manager or myself.
Only use "myself" when you've already used "I." Otherwise, plain old "me" will do.
Me and Jeff are going to the concert together.
I typically remember that "me" needs a preposition: with me, for me, to me. In the example sentence, "me" should have been "I." "I and Jeff are going to the concert together " sounds wrong, you say. Well, it is, but only because of poor sentence construction. "Jeff and I are going to the concert together" or, better yet, "I am going to the concert with Jeff" are both correct in every way and won't have literate people wishing they could unhear what you just said.
Sign at cash register: Ten items or less.
When talking about a count or enumeration of things, it should be "fewer" not "less." "Less" is for a gross quantity not an enumeration. "Less sugar in my coffee next time" is an example of how to use "less."
Purple is different than/to violet.
We talked about this here recently. If "Purple is different from violet" sounds wrong to you, you need to go back to school and take English over again.
He returned to the scene continually.
The term "continually" refers to something done without interruption. When expressing that something happens repeatedly, "continuously" is the word to use.
It could be worse - "your an asswhole."
Kris, you are wrong. The statement you are critiquing is sound.
It's been a long time since ending a sentence with a preposition has been thought of as an ignorant grammar error. Perhaps it's to be avoided in very formal writing, but then it's not a matter of grammar but of style.
I'm reminded of a probably apocryphal story about Winston Churchill who was criticized for a sentence ending with a preposition. He got angry and exclaimed, "This is an outrage up with which I will not put!"
On rare occasions, as I write, and I write a lot, I will end a sentence with a preposition, when to do otherwise would make for an awkward sentence just for the sake of correctness, or would make for a sentence that sounded overly pretentious, but even then, doing so, I get the same goose-bumps one gets from fingernails on a chalkboard - my grade school teachers did a super job of indoctrination!
One bad thing about spell-check, is that it doesn't check for grammar, only spelling, and to spell-check, "would've" and "would of" are equally correct.
I'm sure some of the errors people make they make because of the existence of and over-reliance on spell checkers.
I write a lot and at a fairly expert level, but even though I use spell-checkers, I still read and reread what I've written, and then I give it to someone else to read before I let it be published. Of course, an informal setting like this is different.
It will take far better AI than we have now to have a reliable grammar checker because to check a document's grammar, even more than checking its spelling, requires an understanding of the ideas the writer wants to express.
Kris, "again" is an adverb.
Sometimes people just type too fast and typos happen. No biggie, the world has bigger problems lol
I have always prefferred the finnish word for a grammer nazi. Pilkunnussuja- Which literally translates to "comma fucker".
That's easy for YOU to say!
What is their word for a "fact Nazi"?