Ever come across someone w/ bad grammar, terrible spelling and absolutely NO understanding at all of English words? Here are my list of top ten words that are so widely used/spelt wrongly to me.
This is more of an informative session. Some words are rly interesting and you'd never think you've used them wrongly. I confess to using those w/ an *asterisk wrongly before.
1) A lot / Alot (wrong)
No such spelling / word as alot. A lot is spelt separately.
Correct usage: There are a lot of people queueing up for a free goodie bag.
2. You're / your
You're is a short form for you are. Your represents something that is yours. You're is not equivalent to your.
Correct usage: You're so cute just like my favourite cartoon doraemon:-) Is that your new bag?
Same for the next few:
They're / their
he's / his
Who's / whose
3. sepArate / sepErate (wrong)
Opposite of together.
Please separate the different coloured pens into different pencil cases!
4. *DefinItely/definAtely (wrong)
This is definitely better than drinking Tequila shots!
5. *All right / alright (wrong)
All right means that you're fine/okay. There is no such word as alright. (I didn't know!!! I'm a huge offender of this one!)
Correct usage: You don't have to worry about me, I'm all right!
6. ThAn / thEn
Than (with the A) is used in comparison while then (with the E) means thereafter. (Primary schl taught this, those who don't know, go back t primary schl. This is vvvvvvvvv misued:'-( even I feel sad.)
Correct usage: Isabel is better thAn I am in taking care of people as she she a nurse. I am visiting my junior college then going down town.
7. ComplIment / complEment
Compliment (with an i) is used to praise others while complement (with an e) is something that supplements something else.
Correct usage: Thank you for your compliment! I'm flattered. I think popcorn complements movies very well;-) P.S. I love my popcorn sweet and salty mixed xx:-)
8. ***Hopefully (this word is used wrongly by so many people including me nobody knows how to use it correctly anymore)
Hopefully means with hope. It is supposed to be used to describe the way someone acts/spoke/appeared.
Wrong usage: Hopefully, it will rain tonight. (What it should be: I hope it will rain tonight. )
Correct usage: 'He likes me', she thought hopefully.
9. *Criteria / criterion
Criteria is plural and criterion is singular. Correct usage: You have to meet the criteria which consists of: patience, good personality and experience before you can apply for this job. The only criterion you need to meet for this job is your age.
10. *Historic / historical
Historic is an important event while historical is something that happened in the past.
Correct usage: That was a historic fashion show for the designers. I'm not interested in the historical details about how the dinosaurs became extinct.
Okay let's all type better English nao:-) oops I mean now.
Disclaimer: I'm not saying my English is perfect. And I do commit these mistake. Actually I speak/use Singlish most of the times. I just hope people will learn how to use their words carefully next time. Especially in formal situations.
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P.S. Can't get the who vs whom on the page. Any smart alec wna explain it to me? :-)
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