Friday Follies #230 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hi again, FF friends! Come and help the Grammar Cop whip her lineup of language lawbreakers into shape!

  1. He has three daughters and two sons who only came when they wanted to mooch off him, thankfully seldomly.
  2. It’s not clear if this was statistically significant. However, those on ventilators seemed to fair no better with the drug than without.
  3. “They basically steal the photos from ads that already exist online and then use the photos to create their fraudulent adds,” Thomson said.

 

 

And the corrections:

  1. How annoying! Not just to have five kids who mooch off you, but to say they do this “seldomly” – which isn’t even a word! No, we have a perfectly good word to use in this situation: seldom. Here’s how you could reword it: He has three daughters and two sons who only came when they wanted to mooch off him; thankfully, this seldom happened.
  2. Don’t you agree that ventilators have nothing to do with a county “fair”? And isn’t it true that the virus isn’t “fair” in its attacks on vulnerable people? Well, in this sentence, the desired word is not “fair,” but the verb, fare, as in: …seemed to fare no better with…
  3. Ouch! The Grammar Cop detests this particular blooper. The short form for “advertisement” is “ad” – NOT “add.” Why would you add (sorry!😄) an extra “d” to it? There is only ONE “d” in “advertisement.” The writer spelled it correctly in the first part of the sentence, “They basically steal the photos from ads that…” But then for some silly reason, in the second half, decided to add (sorry again!😄) another “d” as in “fraudulent adds”! Sorry, Mr. or Ms. writer, as much as you love the letter “d,” you canNOT just add (sorry yet again!😂) a “d” willy-nilly, wherever you jolly-well feel like it. Enough said.😜

I believe the Grammar Cop has said her piece with emphasis, precision, and finality. The end. Until next Friday! Have a good, safe week, take care!

 

2 thoughts on “Friday Follies #230 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-Thankfully, I seldom see such poor grammar. However, ungrateful people are exceedingly abundant. 😀
    2-I hope the patients are faring better than this sentence.
    3-“They apparently create fraudulent sentences as well”, she added.

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