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What's your biggest grammatical pet peeve?

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by doctorjazz, Mar 16, 2009.

  1. doctorjazz


    Oct 22, 2006
    Wilmington, NC
    So, what example of bad grammar gets on your nerves for no good reason?

    Mine is, without a doubt, the use of "different than" instead of "different from."

    "Different" functions like "separate," except you never hear fluent English speakers using a sentence like "They are separate than each other."

    "Than" is used in comparing things where there is some definite standard of comparison, e.g. "taller than," "nearer than," "larger than," etc. "Different" doesn't compare things, it just establishes that there is a difference, like the aforementioned "separate" establishes a separation. Would it be odd to hear someone say that they have to keep their pets separate than each other? "Different than" sounds exactly the same way, except it is becoming very common.

  2. alot
  3. embellisher

    embellisher Holy Ghost filled Bass Player Supporting Member

    peeple who cant spel youse proper grammer and liketo type in long runon sintenses with no punchuayshun and wonder randomly from won ubnrleated topic to another without seeming to realise it and who can't bothre to use a good spoll and grammur chking progarm and stuff like that reely irrutate the crap out of me and stuff you know
  4. bass12

    bass12 Say "Ahhh"... Supporting Member

    Jun 8, 2008
    Montreal, Canada
    Where to start? It seems as if fewer and fewer people are able to use English correctly. How about "there's too many" instead of "there are too many"? Don't get me started on punctuation, spelling and "texting" contractions/abbreviations.
  5. Craig_S

    Craig_S Banned

    Oct 15, 2008
    Metro Detroit
    My biggest grammatical pet peeve is that <--error someone will almost always point out the mistake. :eek:

    Honestly, I don't have any peeves regarding punctuation. It does bother me when words are purposely misspelled and caps are purposely left out, due to laziness or the need to feel "hip".
  6. Kelly Lee

    Kelly Lee Yeah, I'm a guy! Supporting Member

    Feb 17, 2004
    Marana, AZ, USA
  7. whatev

  8. +2
  9. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    -I hate the whole "alot" "allot" thing as opposed to "a lot"
    -then there's the leaving out the "d" in "suppose" or "use" instead of using "supposed" or "used" ex - I'm suppose(D) to go to the store tomorrow like we use(D) to.
    -the the bizarre "noone" as opposed to no one.
  10. "the the"

    i hate dat to

  11. "Yous". Such as; "What would yous like for dinner tonight?" Drives me crazy. For punctuation, I hate it when people put a space before a period, or any other form of punctuation that doesn't require one.

  12. popinfresh


    Dec 23, 2004
    Melbourne, Aus
    +1 ;)
  13. pronouncing "nuclear" as "nuke-ya-ler"
  14. Relic

    Relic Cow are you?

    Sep 12, 2006
    Robbinsville, NJ
    Hold on now... that's actually proper New Jersey English!

    ahh fuggetaboutit..
  15. Stigs


    Sep 29, 2007
    Richmond, Virginia
    Nothing from conversation pops into my head, but a few online or otherwise written ones do come to mind, such as:

    Saying "should of ..." instead of "should have ..."
    Massive walls of text
  16. their, they're and there
    two, to and too
    your, you're and yore
    then and than

    ... ummmm ...

    I, eye and aye! :smug:
  17. affect/effect
  18. jealous/envious
  19. Missusing homophones and double negatives.

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