You know that moment. That moment when your middle schooler hands you a hand-made card and you open it up and see:
Happy birthday, Mom! Your the best!
What do you do?
A. Thank your child for the card! So considerate!
B. Thank your child for the card! And mention that “your” is possessive and “you’re” a contraction for “you are.”
C. Take to your bed. How could this grammatical faux pas happen to a wonderful and loving parent like you?!
If you’re like me, you are somewhere in the B-/C+ category because grammar faux pas (faux passes?!) are my pet peeve. And like so many other things, I believe that proper grammar begins at home. Of course when kids are learning to form sentences may not be the time to jump in with the corrections, but I think that by middle school, parents should be gently and lovingly but OMG-enough already correcting their children’s grammar.
Here are my top language pet peeves:
1. Your and You’re, as discussed above.
2. “I’m so nauseous!” No, honey, if you’re nauseous than it means that you make other people want to throw up. What you are is nauseated. Now don’t miss the pail and feel better!
3. “Between you and I-” Between is a preposition, so use me.
What about you? Do you have any nails on chalkboard linguistic pet peeves?
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