This video also examines misused words. The words in this lesson are not the commonly misused ones such as accept and except. This lesson’s focus is on misused words that are less understood, and even categories that the grammar police have different opinions about. Judy Steiner-Williams also discusses how some words become accepted.
- [Instructor] Does the term grammar police…invoke fear when you hear it?…My kids, when they were young,…would caution their friends who came to our house…that Mom will probably correct your grammar.…I don't remember if I actually ever did,…but I'm sure I wanted to.…So here's round two of misused, commonly confused words.…The common ones, the accept and except,…affect and effect, and farther and further, for example,…are examined in my Grammar Fundamentals course.…So let's start with which word is correct groups…that maybe be more difficult or not as agreed upon.…
First, borrow and lend.…Lend and borrow have the same basic meaning…but from different sides.…Lend means that something is temporarily given…to another person, and borrow means that something…is temporarily taken from another person.…So will you lend me your car?…Certainly, you may borrow my car.…Next, let's analyze misinformation and disinformation.…Only one letter difference in those two words,…but a major difference in what they mean.…
One, I made a mistake, and the other,…
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- Identify irregular verbs and explain how to use them appropriately in all tenses.
- List the seven coordinating conjunctions.
- Recognize commonly misused and misunderstood words.
- Determine correct comma placement.
- Explain the difference between a colon and a semicolon.
- Name the four sentence structures.