Friday Follies #186 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

Hi, FF fans! Great to see you back for another grab-bag o’ grammar glitches that make you go “Gaaaaah”!

  1. “…this is where you’re freedom of religion will end.”
  2. “We’ll look at how Serena’s expectations fair against the growing parity in women’s tennis and how sharply this contrasts with the predictable cast of characters on the men’s side.”
  3. “[S]he also contributed to a book of essays, completed another book, lead speaking engagements and created art pieces.”


The corrections:

  1. Confusion still seems to reign among you’re and your. Here’s the rule: you’re is a contraction of you are, e.g. You’re going on a trip tomorrow; you’re packing a suitcase; you’re planning to bring a laptop. But your is a possessive pronoun meaning the thing belongs to you, e.g. your laptop was stolen; your headache is painful; your job may end! So the sample sentence above should read …this is where your freedom of religion will end.
  2. Sharp-eyed readers may have spotted the error right away. The rest of you – new glasses needed, maybe? 😄 The word “fair” is incorrect. A verb is needed here, so it should say: …how Serena’s expectations fare against… (“Fair” is almost never a verb. See here.)
  3. The Grammar Cop has mentioned this abomination a number of times, but since she has seen it often, it bears repeating: The past tense of lead is not “lead.” It is spelled led. People often confuse lead with read. Not the same. (Darn these crazy English rules, huh?! 😆)

P.S. – Yes, you may insert an Oxford (serial) comma after “engagements” in #3 above. The Grammar Cop isn’t fussy about it, as long as ambiguity isn’t an issue.

See you next Friday!



4 thoughts on “Friday Follies #186 – Making Grammar Great Again, One Hyphen at a Time

  1. 1-No. This is when I pray to the gods to save me from lousy grammar.
    2-What’s not fair is having to read these grammar mistakes.
    3-I have a feeling that this article went over like a lead balloon. 😀

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