Friday Follies #223 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Welcome back, FF friends! Today the Grammar Cop shares some additional appalling aberrations! Take a look.

  1. The forced closing of debate and discussion and the forced passing of Bill 40 and it’s massive impact on Quebec’s education system is so…
  2. ACTING EXPERIENCE PREFERED
  3. Autumn—who has two siblings, older brother Kevin and a twin brother, Chris, and divorced parents—graduated from McGill University and was working as a management consultant when she met Mark—whom, because no royal title preceded him (and apparently he didn’t put on airs), she had no idea was a member of the royal family for weeks until she glimpsed him in a TV special about Prince William, in honor of the future king’s 21st birthday.

 

 

And the corrections:

  1. This sentence excerpt features the horror known as the ITS/IT’S mistake. In the phrase “it’s massive impact,” that little word “it’s” makes the Grammar Cop go NOOOOOOOO! When you want to say that THE THING BELONGS TO “IT,” there should be no apostrophe. The rule is: its means it possesses something. It’s with an apostrophe is a contraction for it is.
  2. This one’s easy. “PREFERED” is misspelled. The word is preferred.
  3. This ungainly too-long and miserably confusing sentence – and I use that word loosely – was found in some gossip rag or other that the Grammar Cop claims she doesn’t read, but when it is noticed at her hairdresser’s she can’t resist picking it up – due to her impulsivity, which she manages to conceal most of the time and/or has it completely under control, which – Ay yi yi. The insane sentence above should be completely reworded. Right now it’s far too long and has a glaring grammar blooper in it. (“Whom” should be who, since “Mark” is the subject of the clause… wait, what clause? There is also a missing word, he, which should go between “idea” and “was.”) Total overhaul is needed. Break that sentence up! Let’s try this: Autumn, the daughter of divorced parents, has two siblings: an older brother, Kevin, and a twin brother, Chris. A graduate of McGill University, she was working as a management consultant when she met Mark. Since Mark’s name was not preceded by a royal title (and apparently he didn’t put on airs), Autumn had no idea he was a member of the royal family until weeks later, when she glimpsed him in a TV special about Prince William. (No need for the last phrase. Who cares what the TV special was about? Not the Grammar Cop!)

That’s quite enough for today! The Grammar Cop is taking a rest now, no ifs, ands or buts about it. Best wishes for your good health and safety!

 

4 thoughts on “Friday Follies #223 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. Its preferble to have divorced parents graduated from McGill working as a management consultant whom had no idea he was a member of the royal family for weeks. I wonder how Mark found out hes a member of the royal family and what his reaction to the glorious news was? 🙂

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