I’ll confess… I’m a grammar snob. I get so put off by improper grammar (such as ‘affect’ vs. ‘effect’ on Oprah). I find it hot when guys show off their vocabulary skills with words like “ebullient” and “convivial.”
Most of you know all this stuff already, but here is our guide to perfecting your grammar, Lovelies.
1. ‘Your’ does not equal ‘you’re.’ This is the most common mistake we see! ‘Your’ is a possessive adjective: “your book,” “your mom.” ‘You’re’ is a contraction for “you are”: “you’re pretty,” “you’re a hot mom.”
2. Don’t confuse common phrases. It’s “you should have posted that on Lovelyish,” not “you should of.” For all “intents and purposes,” not “intensive purposes.”
3. Their/they’re/there. There is an important difference between these 3 words; all those people who know their grammar rules know they are vital distinctions.
4. Punctuation like periods and commas always goes inside the quotation marks, like “this,” not like “this”.
- receive (remember: i before e except after c)
- all right (not “alright”)
- a lot (should always be two words)
- cannot (preferred way to spell)
6. It’s vs. its. “Its” is possessive: “A tiger can’t change its spots.” “It’s” is a contraction for “it is.”
7. When you begin a sentence with an introductory phrase or a dependent clause, use a comma. If you post on Lovelyish about Miley Cyrus, people will harass you.
8. A sentence contains a verb, a subject, and expresses a complete thought. Katy Perry was totally pulling off that dress.
9. Don’t omit the -ly from adverbs. When someone insults you on Lovelyish, “you shouldn’t take it personally,” not “you shouldn’t take it personal.” Bonus: “good” is an adjective; “well” is an adverb.
10. Whose/who’s. “Whose” is possessive: Whose Marc Jacobs dress is this? “Who’s” is a contraction of “who is”: Who is your least favorite Jonas Brother?
1. Read! A lot! There is no better way to learn proper grammar and spelling than by simply reading it. This was the advice my English professor had for me and I will always abide by it.
2. Get a good grammar book! It is an easy way for you to reference back and double check grammatical details, such as when to use a comma (like I just did!).
3. Practice makes perfect! With texting and IMing it is hard to get yourself in the habit of writing out full sentences, but you really should! When writing an e-mail or text you should try to type out your full thought. Rather than texting your friend “ur so cool” try “You’re so cool.” It will get you in the habit of remembering when to use a word properly and you can be a good influence on your friend
What are your grammar pet peeves, Lovelies? Do you think you have good grammar?