Friday Follies #77 – 3 mistakes that make me go “Arghhh”

It’s good to be back! The Grammar Cop missed you. But did you miss the Grammar Cop? That is the question. In any case, here are this week’s nauseating nuggets.

  1. DAILYKOS.COM: “Not one of Trump’s extremist advisors know ‘how federal agencies work.'”
  2. DAILYMAIL.CO.UK: “The claims, which seems to infer that the Indiana Jones star had initially been aiming for…” (first mistake)
  3. DAILYMAIL.CO.UK: “The claims, which seems to infer that the Indiana Jones star had initially been aiming for…” (second mistake)

Here are the corrections:

  1. Did you spot it? The verb “know” should be knows here. The reason? The subject of this verb is “Not one” – which is singular. Therefore the verb form should be singular: knows is the third-person-singular for the verb, to know.
  2. The first mistake we come to in this article is the verb “seems.” Since the subject is “claims” which is plural, the verb must also be in the plural form, which is claim. (Note that the plural ending for a noun is usually the letter “s” – whereas the plural ending for a verb does not take an “s.” This is just to keep you on your toes at all times and make you non-native English speakers wonder why the heck you ever wanted to learn English. 🙂 )
  3. Right after the “seems” error comes “infer.” The problem? It’s the wrong word choice. To “infer” something means to figure something out from a clue or clues. But the word needed in this context is imply. It means to indicate or signify.

I’ve finished the list, which implies that my post is complete. See you at next week’s Friday Follies!

8 thoughts on “Friday Follies #77 – 3 mistakes that make me go “Arghhh”

  1. I got the noun/verb agreement easily, because I have been on grandma grammar alert this week. If grandson Nathaniel (17) continues making mistakes without correction, he will go through life verbally maimed. These things need to be automatic. Thanks for trying to keep us up to scratch so we can help others.

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