The Grammar Cop welcomes FF folks back for another instalment of “Let’s say boo, hiss at these blunders”! Ready? Let’s go! 😃
- In general, the air is very dry in colder weather because at lower temperatures that can’t hold as much water.
- The couple, who has been married for about two years, stepped out tonight for a night to remember at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California.
- Pixar is known for it’s amazing CGI and technological advances, but it’s latest Oscar-nominated short “Kitbull” is its first fully 2D-animated project.
- Your first reaction on reading this sentence is probably “Whaaa?” The Grammar Cop simply banged her forehead on her desk while moaning “Whyyy?” Here’s the thing. It makes no sense, right? Can you pin down the main problem? What’s that? Right! “That”! What the heck is “that” supposed to refer to? After some thought and going “hmm” a lot, we come to one conclusion: it must refer to “the air.” But since this construction really stopped us in our tracks and messed up our day, let’s fix it so in future it can’t annoy innocent people. How about: In general, the air is very dry in colder weather because at lower temperatures it can’t hold as much water. Better.
- Here we choke on one specific word: “has.” The dictionary tells us that with “couple,” the verb can be either plural or singular. The Grammar Cop prefers, in this sentence, the plural: The couple, who have been married for about two years, stepped out tonight for a night to remember at the Shrine Auditorium in Los Angeles, California. This sounds right, and follows the advice from The Free Dictionary: “You usually use a plural form of a verb with couple. A couple were sitting together on the bench.” (We can also delete the word “tonight” as it’s redundant – we already have “a night to remember.”)
- Oh! The abomination! Let’s fix it immediately! Pixar is known for its amazing CGI and technological advances, but its latest Oscar-nominated short “Kitbull” is its first fully 2D-animated project. (The funny thing is that the third “its” was used correctly in the original. The thought arises: if the writer used it correctly there, why couldn’t… Ah never mind!) The point is: ITS = POSSESSIVE, but IT’S = IT IS.
And what are you doing for Valentine’s Day? IT’S TODAY! 😄🌹💖