commonly misused words - learn the proper usage of these words to get your way up to any English proficiency exams - IELTS, TOEFL, GRE, etc.
JERKING OFF TO THIS
OH GOD LESS VERSUS FEWER THANK YOU FOR ACKNOWLEDGING MY PERSONAL GRAMMATICAL VENDETTA.
By accident. On purpose. Never on accident.
Tumblinguists, look what I found!
To the above posters: while it’s certainly important to note that there is a time and a place to know prescriptive grammar rules (for example, a formal email to a prospective university or employer), it isn’t “wrong” to break those rules and in fact most of the “rules” you’re up there wanking over were made up by a bunch of dead white guys who decided that colloquial English wasn’t good enough.
A lot of those rules are classist and racist in origin and many of them don’t make sense anyway when you look at English’s history. For example, one of the prescriptive rules you were probably taught in school is “you can’t end a sentence with a preposition in English.” The origin of this “rule” came about because Latin does not allow a sentence to end with a preposition. If you’ve studied a Romance language, such a Spanish or French, you’re probably familiar with this. The problem with this rule is that it doesn’t apply to English. English has allowed sentences to end with prepositions as far back as it’s beginnings as Old English (the language spoken about a thousand years ago that Beowulf was written in). Even Shakespeare ended sentences with prepositions, and we all know how people like to hold Shakespeare’s English up as some sort of standard. My favorite example of this is a quote attributed to Winston Churchill that goes “this is the sort of nonsense with which I will not put up.”
Again, while I think it is important to recognize that there is a time and place for some of these rules, I also think it’s wrong to vilify people for breaking them. And tbh I think it’s gross to wank over them but hey, different strokes for different folks I suppose.
Signed, someone with a degree in linguistics who probably knows a hell of a lot more about this than you do.
Agree with everything estifito said above^, and I would also like to add that this chart was originally meant for English language learners, for whom these clarifications would be extremely useful. Not for anyone’s misplaced grammatical vendetta.