Friday Follies #114 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Welcome back, Friday Follies fanatics! Here is yet another bunch o’ boo-boos caught by the ever-vigilant Grammar Cop over the past week.

  1. “However, there is many smaller and newer groups giving an opportunity to aspiring playwrights, directors and…”
  2. “…reneged on a plea deal and sentencing agreement, and that’s why Polanski fled. Polanski plead guilty to the lesser of the charges against him…”
  3. “…A culture in which responsibility has been passed and top coaches are exulted has left children vulnerable.”


And the corrections:

  1. Why would you – well, not you, I mean anyone 😀 – use the word “is,” which is singular, when there are multiple groups (“many smaller and newer groups”) that follow the verb? It should say: there are many smaller and newer groups…  Note: If there is only one group, then you could say there is a smaller group…
  2. The word “plead” here is wrong; it should be pled, which is the past tense of “plead.” Pled – just like fled or led. Some say “pleaded,” but the Grammar Cop hates it. 😦
  3. The word “exulted” is incorrectly used here. The writer should have used the adjective, exalted, meaning worshipped, put on a pedestal. On the other hand, exulted is a verb meaning celebrated.

This exalted Grammar Cop pleads exhaustion now, as the above criminals fled before their arraignments. Until next time, have a lovely blunder-free week!

13 thoughts on “Friday Follies #114 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. I see no problem with magickmermaid’s comments. She uses “I” witch are singularly non-plural, therefore, ergo, as a result, “I is” is perfect!

    Ron, on the other hand, is just trying to game the system! 😀

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