I also write incomplete sentences. Just so.
However, there are a few things that send me straight to the looney bin ... so to ease my neurosis, I posted those things here. Punctuation things and grammar things. (See? More incomplete sentences.)
The top ten list of things that make Andi
#10. Who's and Whose.
Whose Line Is It Anyway? Correct.
Guess Who's Coming to Dinner? Correct.
Who's means WHO IS. It's a contraction. (Not the having-a-baby kind.)
Whose is the possessive case of Who.
Little Cindy Lou Who, who's no more than 2, whose gifts were stolen from the Grinch. Got it?
#9. Their, They're, There.
I don't have the energy to explain this. There's a big difference betwixt the three. Please use them correctly. See below.
#8. To and Too
Too funny! Correct! You find
To funny! Incorrect! Unless you're on a quest!
#7. Its/It's/Its' AND Your and You're
Once again, we have the difference between possessive and contraction.
Can you believe the bicycle lost its wheel? Correct. Possessive. No apostrophe.
Can you believe it's still raining? Correct. Contraction. It is still raining. (That's why I'm typing this stupid post instead of building my new house.)
Its' ... Guess what? There's no such thing. Always wrong. Don't use it. Ever.
Your is possessive, and You're is a contraction...
And just as a side note, there's no such thing as your's. That would mean your is. And that's just silly. Yours would be correct.
#6. Should have went. WRONG!!!
Should have gone. Correct!
Learn it. Remember it. Use it correctly. And while I'm at it ...
"Should of" is incorrect as well. I believe you're trying to say should've.
#5. The big rock outside your house that says The Smith's.
That actually means The Smith is. Or, if The Smith's Home is implied, that means the home only belongs to one Smith (singular possessive) ... if the implied home belongs to ALL the Smiths, it would be Smiths' home (both plural and possessive). If you simply mean the Smiths as a collection, there's no apostrophe. It's simply The Smiths. Or the Williamsons.
#4. I seen. Wrong!
I saw. I have seen. I had seen. Correct!
#3. Realtor is pronounced real-tor NOT ree-lih-ter. There is no vowel between the L and the T ... therefore, no extra syllable. (It's pronounced just like it's spelled ... huh ... imagine that.)
Real-tor Real-tor Real-tor! (Come on...say it out loud a dozen times and it will stick...I promise!!)
#2. Periods and commas always always always go INSIDE the quotation marks.
Do it just like Abe does it. See? Period before the closed quotations.
(Other punctuation such as ! and ? can go outside, but that's a lesson for another day.)
And the #1 thing that drives Andi crazy:
#1. The past tense of "to drag" is DRAGGED! Not drug. Please, please, please say no to drug!
I drug my feet. I drug him down the stairs. I drug that piece of furniture out of the basement. Incorrect and makes me homicidal.
I dragged your sorry ass out of grammar school before this was burned into your brain. Correct.
(And see the period and comma inside the quotes below?? Yay!!)
I do realize I left out some punctuation in the rant above. I didn't want to confuse the issues. I also realize I post all my titles in lower case. I do that intentionally. In fact, any mistakes you find in my blog ... I made intentionally.
What drives you crazy? Besides neurotic people like me who write posts about things that drive them crazy?