This week we were asked to read or listen to a post/podcast on the website Grammar Girl. I was very impressed with the information I found. I am semi-familiar with this website because I have some prior experience with it from another class so it wasn’t too difficult to navigate . I came across the ‘Top Ten Grammar Myths’ and there were a few things on the list that surprised me. To give a better insight to what I learned from this article, here’s what made the list:
- You shouldn’t end a sentence with a preposition
- You shouldn’t split infinitives
- It’s incorrect to answer the Q: “How are you?” with the A: “I’m good.”
- You use a before words that start with consonants and you use an before words that start with vowels
- I.e. and e.g. mean the same thing
- Passive voice is always wrong
- There is only one way to write the possesive form of words that end in s
- Irregardless is not a word
- You shouldn’t start a sentence with the word however
- A run on sentence is a really long sentence
The first one on the list that jumped out at me was #8: irregardless is not a word. Grammar Girl says that this is technically not a word but it has gained wide enough use to qaulify as one. I’ll be sure not to use the word irregardless in a situation where I am trying to be taken seriously..
I would really like to know more about #3 on the list: It’s incorrect to answer the Q: “How are you?” with the A: “I’m good.” According to Grammar Girl, the response “I’m well” should be used when talking about your health, not your general disposition. I have always heard that “I’m well” is a more acceptable response than “I’m good” but I guess I was wrong. I can’t tell you how many times I was corrected for saying “good” instead of “well” when I was younger, but who’s laughing now.