Words, Phrases, and Expressions You
Shouldn't Take from Home to the Office
By Mamie Webb Hixon
I don't know nothing about this meeting.
with regards to
I feel badly about missing the workshop.
Be sure and be on time.
If you plan on being at the workshop, please let us
Hopefully, our business will increase.
He graduated PJC.
hisself, themself, theirselves
Loan me the money.
The minutes has been approved.
Dues is due in September.
She missed the conference on account of illness.
I'm real excited about the conference.
I'm waiting on you.
Where's the meeting at?
That's a long ways to travel to a meeting.
I'm not coming to the meeting nohow.
I could care less.
It has been moved and second that the meeting be adjourned.
If I was in charge, I'd make a lot of changes.
I motion that the meeting be adjourned.
Bad Grammar That Ain't So Bad!
From the Desk of the Grammar Guru
Bad grammar emits a social and
intellectual message about its sender. An employee who uses the kind of bad
grammar illustrated below runs the risk of undermining his or her credibility
as a professional. Furthermore, he or she is ridiculed and is usually not
taken very seriously.
- Where the purchase orders at?
- The forms have already went to the principal's office.
- I seen you at the conference in San Francisco.
- He'll do the job hisself.
- We don't have no more applications.
- She don't know the answer.
Even an untrained grammarian would
notice the errors above. But some bad grammar ain't so bad:
- Each of us has our own responsibility.
- It's important to let the employee know that it's not him or
her who's causing the problem.
- It's not what you know but who you know.
- Who are you going to call?
- Usually, it's not me that he calls.
- Who are you going to vote for?
- That's us twenty years ago, and that's me six years ago.
- The media has not responded.
- This bank wants to loan you money.
- Closed due to the hurricane.
- We're here to better serve you.
- Everybody participated, didn't they?
- The data is accurate.
- I'd like to suggest that it be me who is assigned to this command
- Less than ten items.
The sentences above do contain errors, but the
errors don't draw attention to themselves; they are subtle enough that even a
trained professional would either overlook them or not notice them.
The "Real" Deal
By Mamie Webb Hixon
UWF Writing Lab Director
No real early, real late, or real soon
No real good, real bad, or real nice
No real fast, real slow, or real energetic
No real pretty, real smart, or real cute
No real easy, real hard, or real simple
Here's the REAL deal.
Real, despite its popularity among speakers
of English, as a qualifier is really an adjective meaning "genuine":
a real problem
In business and academic writing,
when you need to qualify how professional, how dedicated, how reasonable, how
responsible, how important, or how critical something or someone is, use an
adverb—real is not an adverb. It is an adjective. Try using an adverb
like really or very:
|a real disadvantage
|a real surprise
|a real crisis
|a real pleasure
|a real difference
|a real southerner
|a real profession
|a real friend
you need help cleaning out your
Call or e-mail the Grammar Hotline.