We here at Persephone are fans of good grammar. Sure, we’ll have the occasional spelling or usage mishap, but for the love of English teachers everywhere, we make a good effort to be grammatically correct at all times. And the editor hat I wear? It never comes off of my head. So sometimes reading tweets and Facebook status updates is not unlike chalk on a virtual chalkboard. This segment will feature a grammar rant, not longer than 140 words.
A Tweet about someone’s new baby clothes: ” The clothes fit him perfect! He’ll look so cute at the party!”
A Facebook update: ” Summer went by so quick! Who’s ready for fall?”
Those underlined words? They are supposed to be adverbs. Adverbs modify (or describe) verbs or adverbs. They typically end in -ly.
With this in mind, the proper tweet would be: “The clothes fit him perfectly! He’ll look so cute at the party!” and the proper status update would be: ” Summer went by so quickly! Who’s ready for fall?”
Go ahead, try it in the comments — give us a comment using an adverb correctly. Or copy a status update with such bad grammar you’ve considered unfriending/unfollowing that person and we’ll correct it for you!