FF followers, the Grammar Cop has been SO busy this past while! Here’s a little sampling of the infractions she found.
- “…machines are not as powerful as their gas-powered counterparts and therefore it takes them longer to do their work and they do not do as good of a job.”
- “As promised, the city will be keeping 100 parking spaces open to help businesses effected by the work.”
- “As a blogger, people often ask Amaris of @lvlyblondcloset where she shops for her kids’ clothes.”
And the corrections:
- The Grammar Cop hates “as good of a job.” It’s almost as painful as hearing chalk on a blackboard. That “of” is completely unnecessary, and makes the writer sound uneducated. Don’t do that. Just say: they do not do as good a job. (P.S. – Also to be avoided: the two instances of and. Replace one with a semicolon!) (P.P.S. – This is ugly: “do not do.” Ugh… At least say don’t do. The Grammar Cop hates repetition.)
- If you got Number 4 right in last week’s quiz, you shouldn’t have a problem here. The word “effected” is wrong in this sentence. It should say to help businesses affected by the work.
- Here we have a case of a dangling modifier – actually, a dangling modifying phrase. Mystified? The phrase “As a blogger” modifies what? It should modify the person named Amaris. At least, that was the writer’s intention, since Amaris is the blogger. Instead, because of the placement of the word “blogger,” it looks as if it modifies the closest noun, “people.” The sentence could be changed to: People often ask the blogger, Amaris, of @lvlyblondcloset, where she shops for her kids’ clothes. (Personally, if I had little kids now, I’d shop at Walmart. But I digress. 😁)
Fix this: The Grammar Cop’s uniform did not do as good of a job and effected her mood. Unhappy, Walmart will be the cop’s first destination on her shopping trip.
See you next Friday!