Ladies and gentlemen: whether you’re aware of it or not, Australia has a problem.
It’s not just my problem. It’s your problem. It’s our problem.
In a sense, it’s also their problem, because NOBODY KNOWS WHICH FORM OF THE WORD “THEIR” TO USE, and sometimes it makes me vomit a bit in my mouth.
I’ve heard all the arguments before. In the age of auto-correct, grammar doesn’t matter. Who cares as long as you can understand what someone’s trying to say? Why are we clinging on to archaic, complex rules of grammar when language has moved on?
Well, I’ll tell you why.
Because I said so.
Let’s learn some grammar, shall we?
1. “Would have” vs “would of“
“Would’ve” is the contraction of “would have”. The phrase “would of” does not exist, never has existed, and never will exist.
Repeat after me: “I would have said ‘would of’ in the past, but now I know better.”
2. “There’re” vs “there’s”
Probably one of the most common mistakes – made by even those who consider themselves GOOD at grammar.
The choice here lies in the noun that follows. There IS a cat over there = “there’s”. There ARE cats over there = “there’re.”
For example: There’s a good chance I’ve been ignoring this grammar rule my whole life, even if there’re lots of things I’ve been getting right.
3. Using, way, too, many, commas
A good rule of thumb for commas is that they should be used where a reader would naturally pause.
For example, people normally pause after saying “for example”, so that’s a good place for a comma to hang out.
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4. Misplaced apostrophes
An apostrophe (‘) has two functions: to show that a word has been contracted, and to denote ownership.