Grammar Girl

Looking at Grammar Girls’ site is interesting because it has so many common grammar errors that we by pass daily.  Often times we think that just because we are out of elementary school we are suppose to use correct grammar all the time.

That however is not the case.  college students and professionals alike struggle with knowing what exactly is correct in the English language.

Something that i’ve always struggled with is using “Than I” or “Than me”(or things like using him or he, she or her”.  In fact it’s kind of become a joke in my family when someone says either one of those we always disagree and say it’s the other one.

He or She =Subject pronoun
Him or her= Object pronoun
That’s the easy part. However there is a national disagreement over the word “than”
is it a Preposition or a conjunction?
Grammar Girl believes it is said best by Ken Wilson in The Columbia Guide to Standard American English (3):

“Than is both a subordinating conjunction, as in She is wiser than I am, and a preposition, as in She is wiser than me…. Since the following verb am is often dropped or “understood,” we regularly hear than I and than me. Some commentators believe that the conjunction is currently more frequent than the preposition, but both are unquestionably Standard.”

So we see that there is still much debate over the word “than”

Grammar Girl does add in her tip though to deciding whether to use “i” or “me” after than.

The quick and dirty tip to determining which pronoun is appropriate after the conjunction than is to figure out the pronoun’s role in the implied sentence by mentally filling in the missing words. Are you trying to say Aardvark likes Squiggly more than I [like Squiggly] or Aardvark likes Squiggly more than [Aardvark likes] me?

To read more visit http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/than-I-versus-than-me.aspxAnother post from grammar girl i found to be interesting was “How Do You Pronounce 2011”

 
I immediately went to this post because I have wondered the same thing myself. The answer is though, that both Two thousand eleven and Two thousand and eleven are both correct.  It is a matter of how lazy you get when say the year. 
 
The british prefer to use the “and” which makes sense to me because I see them as more prestegious in their education and lifestyle.  Americans tend to be so lazy which is not something I take pride in.  Grammar Girl said that she thinks people will start say twenty eleven because it;s much easier.

 

I also looked at a article from Grammar Girl about colons.

  • Colons are only appropriate after COMPLETE sentences.
  • only use ONE space after a colon(contrary to popular belief)
  • Using capitalization after a colon is a choice(if for a paper it is best to asking your professor)

For the complete article visit http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/colon-grammar.aspx

 

 

 

 

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