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Posted on 07.12.2011

A Girl After My Own Heart: Grammar Girl

I love Grammar Girl.  She’s funny and accurate, without being condescending.  In an interview on NPR she discussed her new book of 101 words that are commonly misused, wherein she offers handy ways to remember what’s right and what’s wrong.

PR and Communications Blog Lovell Communications mentions Grammar Girl

Her comment about getting tangled up in other people’s misuse of words particularly resonated with me because I’ve been noticing a fairly pervasive misuse of a certain contraction, and it’s driving me crazy.

Even some of the most educated and intelligent people I know have slipped into the lazy misuse of the word, “there’s,” which, of course, means, “there is.”  Not, “there are.”  There is no shortcut contraction for the words, “there are.”  (Correct me if I am wrong, please.)  It is correct to say, “There are horses in the barn.”   Not so to say, “There’s horses in the barn” or, more commonly misused, “There’s lots of horses in the barn.”  Spell check and grammar check don’t even pick up on “there’s lots of,” which I think is incorrect.  Or is it? Can someone rescue me from this self-imposed entanglement of prose?

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