In the age of autocorrect, it can be really frustrating to see spelling and grammar mistakes. Redditors are sick of it, so they shared their favorite grammar Nazi triggers. There are defiantly allot of them.
Acufosa asked grammar Nazis of Reddit: What mistake bothers you the most?
Submissions have been edited for clarity, context, and profanity.
10. This is to annoying.
Probably more of a "Spelling Nazi" thing, but mixing up lose/loose and breath/breathe.
The number* of people that write "loose" instead of "lose" is absurd to me. It's probably the one that gets me the most by a long shot.
9. Apostrophe catastrophe.
When people confuse plural for possessive. Like when people say "humanities last hope" instead of "humanity's last hope."
And vice-versa. Just a frivolous overuse of "'s", not just for pluralization.
"I saw lot's of dog's"
Apostrophes in general are a nightmare. Apostrophes aren't for plural words people! it's only for possessive nouns and a contraction.
8. I could of told you this was annoying.
Using "would of" instead of 'would've ( would have).'
I'm not a grammar Nazi per se, but this one annoys me too. It's not a spelling/grammar mistake. It's literally the wrong word.
This is the one for me. It shows a complete lack of understanding of the words. "I would of" means absolutely nothing. It shows that people don't read enough or don't pay attention to what they are reading. It shouldn't annoy me, I know what they mean. But it worries me.
7. You'll always be apart of me.
Apart vs. a part. "I was glad to be apart of this team!" NO THAT'S NOT CORRECT.
But I am glad to be apart from this team. Because I am not a team player.
Why did I have to scroll so far for this? College-educated people screw this up all the time and it literally means the opposite if you change the preposition.
6. Better late then never.
When people say "larger then" instead of "larger than."
I was arguing with an English professor about this. HE was the one who thought "larger then" was acceptable. As a secretary, I felt so embarrassed correcting him. But most of the English professors I worked for didn't know much about grammar. The math professors were actually a lot better at it, in general.
Question. I am not a native English speaker, so I am not sure if I got this right. 'Then' is used for time, 'than' is used for comparison?
We will eat first, then go fishing after. My fish is bigger than yours.
Please enlighten me, I find this utterly interesting!
That's exactly right! I meet a lot of non-native English speakers who speak the language better than Americans, sad to say.
5. Both lead the ue.
Not exactly grammar, but...
IT'S SEGUE NOT SEGWAY.
The only way to "Segway to something else" is to jump on a f--ing standing scooter and roll there at 3 mph.
To be fair "segue" looks like it's pronounced "ce-goo."
4. English - it's a weird language because of its rules.
It's and its.
The one time where you don't use an apostrophe to denote possession lol. It's kinda understandable that people get confused by this.
2. Let's rap this up.
Spelling "rapping" or "wrapping" as "raping."
My favorite wrapper is M&Ms.
1. Your welcome.
Definitely the you're/your mixup.
Yes I flip when my friends do this!
And not forgetting there/their/they're.
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