[bct] Re: Comment to Lynnette on language

  • From: "Lynnette" <superlynne@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • To: <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
  • Date: Sun, 12 Feb 2006 11:16:46 -0500

Hi Joni,
Thank you. I'm really happy to know that Maria and I aren't the only ones decrying the sad demise of language skils.
My language o'meter is spinning crazily these days. <smile>

Another of my pet peeves is something that sounds like this.
My sister. She's a nurse. Ugh! Why not just say my sister is a nurse? Hmmm. Is this for emphasis? I'm lost.
----- Original Message ----- From: "Joni Colver" <joni.colver@xxxxxxxxxxx>
To: "BCT" <blindcooltech@xxxxxxxxxxxxx>
Sent: Sunday, February 12, 2006 9:09 AM
Subject: [bct] Comment to Lynnette on language

Lynnette I enjoyed your scattering brain crumbs podcast.

Regarding your confusion about when to use was or were, I too find that
confusing at times. Maria is correct in saying that when if is being used
in a sentence the correct word to choose is usually were. Technically that
is called a subjunctive mood. In plain English here is the definition of a
subjunctive mood:

Used to express a wish or a possibility

I always think of the phrase from Fiddler on the Roof: "If I were a rich
man," to help me remember this.  So it would be correct for me to say: If
only I were rich I could buy a Milestone 311 and a Trekker and all the
chocolate available online.

My current personal pet peeve is the ubiquitous use of myself when me is
correct. They must be teaching this in Managers 101 because all of the
people I come in contact with in a managerial position love to write memos
that include things such as "Contact Judy or myself if you have any
questions." I can't always recite a grammatical rule to contradict
something but I have an internal cringe-o-meter that sometimes reaches an 8
on the Richter scale of incorrect grammar usage.


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