Discovering the Relevance of Words
One of the more frustrating aspects of being an educator is watching students who truly do not grasp basic grammatical concepts.
One of my favorite examples from a note taken in yesterday’s class:
How are you my friend?
On first glance, this might seem like a perfectly polite question. Unfortunately, it’s actually pretty darn rude – unless, of course, the writer didn’t care for the person to whom they were writing.
My assumption – given that the rest of the note was very cordial – is that they meant to write:
How are you, my friend?
Realistically, the person to whom they were writing wouldn’t have noticed the error, and would have responded as the author had actually intended. But what if they hadn’t? What if it had started an argument? What if the reader had been so offended by the first line of the letter that they started crying and screaming? It could have turned out to be quite the ugly scene.
What are your grammatical pet peeves?