Hi, FF fans! Great to see you back for another grab-bag o’ grammar glitches that make you go “Gaaaaah”!
- “…this is where you’re freedom of religion will end.”
- “We’ll look at how Serena’s expectations fair against the growing parity in women’s tennis and how sharply this contrasts with the predictable cast of characters on the men’s side.”
- “[S]he also contributed to a book of essays, completed another book, lead speaking engagements and created art pieces.”
- Confusion still seems to reign among you’re and your. Here’s the rule: you’re is a contraction of you are, e.g. You’re going on a trip tomorrow; you’re packing a suitcase; you’re planning to bring a laptop. But your is a possessive pronoun meaning the thing belongs to you, e.g. your laptop was stolen; your headache is painful; your job may end! So the sample sentence above should read …this is where your freedom of religion will end.
- Sharp-eyed readers may have spotted the error right away. The rest of you – new glasses needed, maybe? 😄 The word “fair” is incorrect. A verb is needed here, so it should say: …how Serena’s expectations fare against… (“Fair” is almost never a verb. See here.)
- The Grammar Cop has mentioned this abomination a number of times, but since she has seen it often, it bears repeating: The past tense of lead is not “lead.” It is spelled led. People often confuse lead with read. Not the same. (Darn these crazy English rules, huh?! 😆)
P.S. – Yes, you may insert an Oxford (serial) comma after “engagements” in #3 above. The Grammar Cop isn’t fussy about it, as long as ambiguity isn’t an issue.
See you next Friday!