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a grammar lesson before you kill me

Don't use an adjective when you are supposed* to use an adverb.

An adjective modifies a noun, "I am a good person." 'Person' is the noun.
"I am wearing brown shoes" 'Shoes' is the noun.

An adverb modifies another verb, "I am well." 'Am' is the linking verb.
"I drive safely." 'Drive' is the verb.

Almost all "-ly" [quickly, happily, fervently] words are adverbs, and therefore modify verbs. The exception is the word "friendly" which is an adjective.

Please, think before you write or speak. Also, don't make me have another lesson on different, cemetery, and separate, or make me ever have one again on your, you're, too, two, to, their, there, or they're.

Today's misspelled word of the day: DEFINITELY. Fix it in your entries, people, before I have a stroke.

* the phrase "I am suppose to" is also not correct. The right word is "supposed." You can use the word "suppose" if you are currently supposing something: "I suppose that would be okay." "Do you want chicken? I suppose" You can never ever ever say "suppose to." It's WRONG.

**All made up words must comply. I use made up words when there is no form of the actual word. Ishmentageness is copyright Melissa and Sara 2003.


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Dec. 6th, 2005 09:53 pm (UTC)
Well, excusely me!
Dec. 6th, 2005 10:07 pm (UTC)
Dec. 6th, 2005 10:48 pm (UTC)
ly words
Don't forget "fly". :-)
Dec. 7th, 2005 01:47 am (UTC)
Re: ly words
I really really hope that people know that.

Just because I'm curious, were you thinking of "fly" the verb or "fly" the noun/insect?
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:03 am (UTC)
Re: ly words
Actually, "fly" the adjective.

Just kidding - all three, of course!
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:05 am (UTC)
Re: ly words
as in "pretty fly for a white guy"?

"I don't want no flyy guyyyy"
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:15 am (UTC)
Re: ly words
I used to watch "In Living Color", which had the famous "Fly Girls"...
Dec. 7th, 2005 02:44 am (UTC)
I am well
I think this should be "I am good." The descriptive word modifies the noun. An argument can be made either way, but I think the argument that an adjective is called for is slightly more compelling.

The little voice in your head that tells you to say, "I am well," is the same voice that tells you to say that you cooked dinner "for Joe and I." Cringe.
Dec. 7th, 2005 02:47 am (UTC)
Re: I am well
Yup, the same voice. But, the voice is generally more correct than the rest of me, so I listen to it--even when I cook dinner for Joe and I. I'm working on it though. Have you not noticed? ::cringecringe::
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:47 am (UTC)
Not to sound like a bitch, but was this a rant or do you really think people are going to have some epiphany because you corrected their grammar? I tend to think it just pisses people off. And makes them want to spell things wrong. On purpose. But that could just be me.
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:51 am (UTC)
I hope it's just you.

I just get really frustrated, so I feel the need to send out the PSA. Mostly ranting.

And who knows? maybe someone will have an epiphany. It was because of one of these-type posts that I learned that I was spelling "separate" wrong, and I'm thankful for it.
Dec. 7th, 2005 03:54 am (UTC)
I hate it when people misuse apostrophes. An apostrophe does NOT mean "LOOK OUT! An "S" is coming!!"
Dec. 7th, 2005 04:46 am (UTC)
Is that someone's quote? Or are you saying I used something wrong? Or is this a rant of your own?

Dec. 7th, 2005 04:50 am (UTC)
Not at all. Just mentioning that I hate when people use apostrophes incorrectly. All the grammar talk and all made me think of it. Your apostrophe usage is commendable.
Dec. 7th, 2005 04:58 am (UTC)
well good :)

you get to rant about grammar as well. fun, huh
Dec. 7th, 2005 04:27 am (UTC)
Language and its discontents
Language is an adapting concept, and by adapting I mean it changes with popular usage. Definitions, grammatical rules, spelling, etc all change over time depending on how people functionally use words. The rules of usage you hold onto so dearly now weren't even exactly the same 100 years ago. People with similar views as you were walking around in Italy, Spain, France, and Romania hundreds of years ago and saying, "ARGGG, doesn't anyone know proper Latin anymore?"
Dec. 7th, 2005 04:40 am (UTC)
Re: Language and its discontents
I know.

Currently, people are misusing the language. I want to fix that.
Dec. 7th, 2005 07:04 am (UTC)
Re: Language and its discontents
I'm presenting the opposing interpretation that language is adjusting and you're being left behind.
Dec. 7th, 2005 09:08 pm (UTC)
Re: Language and its discontents
If someone asks you, "How are you?" and you say, "good." about 1/10th of the people in the world will be snickering that you don't use proper grammar.

If you say, "well," no one will give it a second thought, except for maybe, "he's well bred" or something.

I'd much prefer to sound proper, especially in a situation where the grammar level of my company is not known.

Yes, the language is constantly evolving. Until MLA and AP say so, I'll continue to speak what is currently determined as "correct."
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