Grammar Pet Peeves

Using “and I” Incorrectly

Example: She invited Sarah and I to her party or She invited I and Sarah to her party.

It’s one thing when someone uses “and me” when they should have used “and I,” but for some reason misusing “and I” is on a whole new level of obnoxious. It makes me feel like they think they’re being fancy and smart, but are still getting it wrong.

How to get it right: Remove the other person from the sentence.

“She invited I to her party.” Uh, no. She invited me to her party.

Abusing “Myself”

Example: “If you have any questions, email them to Linda or myself at dumbass@corporation.com.”

This faux pas occurs far too often in business settings. I have seen perfectly educated people do this numerous times.

How to get it right: There are so many ways not to look like a big dum-dum. Try:

“If you have any questions, you can email them to Linda or to me at notadumbass@corporation.com.”

Refusing to Use a Question Mark

Example: Could you send me a copy the document, please.

You look mean. You look sarcastic and monotone. Why are you doing this? Do you think question marks make you look too enthusiastic or spastic? What is your logic, here?

If you want to give a command, give it. “Send me a copy of the document.”

If you want to ask for an item, use a question mark.

How to get it right: “Could you send me a copy of the document, please?” or “Could you please send me a copy of the document?”

Using Too Many Question Marks

Example: Could you send me a copy of the document, please???

I don’t think I need to elaborate on this one. It is rarely appropriate to use multiple punctuation marks at once, and even more rarely appropriate in a work environment.

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