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Daily Archives: September 18, 2011

Mashed Potatoes, Gravy, Apple Pie, Pizza, Chocolate Cake, Mac & Cheese, Spaghetti, Cookies

A momentary aberration.

 

Please forgive my departure from grammar matters…only temporary; I'm just trying to trick the search engines.

 
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Loss of the “g”

It's high season for dumbtalk!

 

NFL football is finally in full swing; so we can hear the champions of dumbtalk…every verb that should end with "ing" is proudly absent the "g".

 

"Runnin'…throwin'…thinkin'…blockin'…tacklin'…

 

These are our heroes and the people we listen to for information?!  I hope not. But, unfortunately, they have the freedom to vote…to vote for things that are truly important.

 

 

Dropping the "g" is more serious than that!  But the "g" is still something we should treasure.

 

 
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Crowds, Teams, and Groups

 

Here's another "is" or "are" dilemma…

 

…an example of the rub between "is" and "are" when speaking about a group…a crowd or team.

 

If you think of the crowd as a unit, you must say "The crowd IS…"  But if you think of the crowd as a gathering of individuals, you might want to say "The crowd ARE…"

 

The US Open tennis commentator says, "This crowd is on their feet."  "Their feet" or "its feet"?  

 

You'll learn to adjust yourself to the "are" usage whenever you watch and listen to broadcasts of top-level soccer games with British commentators…"the team ARE…"…"Manchester United ARE…".

 

It's all a bit strange and unsettling to the sensitive ear.

 
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