The Illogic Behind The English Logic

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Even though the upper division English class I’m currently taking is boring as hell, yet I’ve learned couple of new stuff when the class started. First, the Prof explained the common mistakes that English speakers (or should I say writers) usually commit, and sentences that are wrong but make you sound smarter when you say them. Although I have to admit that as an international student, I don’t usually make those mistakes, but I admit that I have a weakness in choosing the right words, and a lack of sophisticated vocabulary that most of my “blog friends” possess. I do make grammar mistakes sometimes, but usually, they aren’t that tragic.

Allow me to share with you some of the mistakes that Americans commit in writing papers and stuff.

• Word Identity

o Advice/Advise
o Affect/Effect
o Apart/A part
o Datum/Data
o E.T.C/etc.
o Fewer/Less
o Further/Farther
o “Inspite”/In Spit
o Loose/Lose
o Choose/Choice

• Wrong Sentences That Make Sound Sophisticated

o You and I instead of You and Me
o Disinterested instead of Uninterested
o Stronger than me instead of Stronger than I
o Who do you like instead of Whom do you like?
o We invited Bill, whom likes baseball than us instead of We invited Bill who likes baseball than we do.

• Can you read the following sentences without really thinking but understand what do they really mean?

o The bandage was wound around the wound.
o The farm was used to produce produce.
o The landfill was so full, they had to refuse more refuse.
o Please polish the Polish furniture.
o He could be in the lead if he would get the lead out.
o The soldier chose to desert his dessert in the desert.
o Since there is no time like the present, it is time to present the present.
o A bass was painted on the head of the bass drum.
o When shot at, the dove dove into the bushes.
o I did not object to the object.
o The insurance was invalid for the invalid.
o There was a row among the oarsmen about how to row.
o They were too close to the door to close it.
o The buck does strange antics when does are around.
o A seamstress and a sewer fell down into a sewer line.
o To help with planting, the farmer taught his sow to sow.
o The wind was too strong for us to wind the sail.
o I shed a tear upon seeing the tear in the painting.
o I had to subject the subject to a series of tests.
o I need to intimate this to my most intimate friend?

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11 responses to this post.

  1. this reminded of the GMAT all over again
    the terror !!!

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  2. Posted by Peony on July 28, 2007 at 4:28 am

    o The soldier chose to desert his dessert in the desert.
    got till there and i gave up reading the rest..
    i have a headache now..

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  3. Intriguing posts.. My english is not flawless though .. but it is not that TRAGIC!

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  4. That is just waaaaayyyy tooo much english! I would make it my point to give the teacher a horrible time!

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  5. By the way English class was my worst subject and my teacher used to say I can’t write worth crap! Well look me now #&$%*#!! looooool..

    Can we say anger management!

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  6. lol, some of those last sentences are sure funny. I still have problems with you’re and your.. ;/ Mainly in conversations, I don’t write papers anymore..

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  7. Language is tricky :/

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  8. @Laialy

    Ahhh I think I have to take this GMAT thing too…oh the horror

    @Peony

    LOL yeah it’s kinda tricky to comprehend.

    @OpeRon

    I know…I love the way you write and the way you express in your posts. Keep it up 🙂

    @Marzouq

    Really? I think your English skills is really great. I don’t remember the time you did write something that doesn’t make sense. Thank God my teacher was easy-going.

    @N.

    LOL yeah I used to make the same mistakes between your/you’re not anymore…I think.

    @3baid

    And grammar is tricker.

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