Author: Janet Carr

Fashion, beauty and animal loving language consultant from South Africa living in Stockholm, Sweden.

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  1. Thank you for this. My dad was an English/drama/Spanish teacher before he chose another career path, so grammar correction was a daily staple in our home. The example on this list that bugs me the most is there, their, they’re when misused, and the one I’ve struggled with is effect/affect. I don’t remember reading any other explanation that clarified the difference so well. Substituting another verb when unsure is a great tip. A constant misuse of grammar that drives me crazy is “me an’ _______”, something I do not remember hearing until about 20 years ago. It makes me cringe like hearing fingernails down a chalkboard. I suggest that my adult children, whose peers seem to use it most, try and think of it as courteous and unselfish to say the other person’s name first. Any idea when that became prevalent? Their generation has been labeled the entitlement generation in the U.S. Whether or not that’s completely fair is a matter of opinion, but using “me” at the beginning of a sentence is like having ME FIRST tattooed across the forehead, giving weight to the stereotype.

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