Take the 2-minute tour ×
English Language & Usage Stack Exchange is a question and answer site for linguists, etymologists, and serious English language enthusiasts. It's 100% free, no registration required.

Consider this below clause(or whatever it is called)

This is correct grammer.

My friend and I are having an argument about the correctness of the below two sentences which refer to the above clause.

  1. I see only a spelling mistake.
  2. I see only one spelling mistake.

She says both are correct, but I feel only the second one is correct. Who is right?

Edit: Is a spelling mistake also a grammatical mistake?

share|improve this question
    
They are both valid sentences. Whether they are correct or not depends on what each speaker sees and doesn't see. –  Jim Mar 3 '13 at 8:50
    
Please never just ask “Which is correct?” It shows no effort on your part, and gives us nothing to go on. As the Help Center says in its “How to ask a good question” section: “Have you thoroughly searched for an answer before asking your question? Sharing your research helps everyone. Tell us what you found and why it didn’t meet your needs. This demonstrates that you’ve taken the time to try to help yourself, it saves us from reiterating obvious answers, and above all, it helps you get a more specific and relevant answer!” Thank you. –  tchrist Jul 4 at 1:56

1 Answer 1

up vote 5 down vote accepted

Well, in my opinion, the first statement suggests that there could be another mistake in something that is not spelling like, for example, a grammatical mistake. The second statement suggests that the person reading can only see one spelling mistake, not two or three, and gives no suggestion of any other mistakes. So, they are both correct, but differ in meaning.

share|improve this answer

Your Answer

 
discard

By posting your answer, you agree to the privacy policy and terms of service.

Not the answer you're looking for? Browse other questions tagged or ask your own question.