Guess what today is? It's March 4th, also known as National Grammar Day!
Way back in 2008, Martha Brockenbrough created National Grammar Day for the promotion of good grammar. Oddly enough, that was right around the time texting became the most popular form of communication.
We thought we'd talk about some common grammar mistakes we all make every day.
First up, the dreaded use of your.
Your is possessive. Like, "hey, that's your spatula." You're is a contraction meaning "you are."
If you're ever confused, just re-read your sentence substituting you are in the sentence. If it doesn't work, use your.
It's the same with its. With the apostrophe, it's is a contraction for it is. “It's a really good blender.”
Without the apostrophe its is possessive. Like, “Look at that alien. Its blender is a good blender.”
What about the difference between fewer or less? Well, if it can be counted – like the number of traffic tickets you have - then use fewer.
When, then, should we use than rather than then? Well, if you're comparing two things, like, “I like oranges more than apples,” then use than.
What about loose vs lose? Well, think of it this way: to get lose, you lose an “o” from loose.
Also, an important event is historic. When it happened in the past, it's historical.
And, unless it actually happened, don't use literally.
Finally, the dreaded there, their, and they're. Talking about a place is there. When possessive, like “their Studebaker,” is their. As a contraction, like “they're driving a Studebaker,” we get the they're.
Now you're up to speed on some of the most basic of grammar snafus. Now, just try and scroll through your Facebook feed without feeling the need to correct everyone's terrible, terrible grammar.