My workplace has presented me with the opportunity this month to attend a "grammar" webinar that is suppose to help me enhance my grammar skills. I thought they were good already...
I don't have time to attend so will probably miss it, but I feel I should attend because of what was in the email for registration we received.
It gives a list of sentences and asks what's wrong with them, and that if they look correct you should attend!
Could someone explain what is fundamentally wrong with the following sentences?
- The firm is proud to have served our clients for fifty years.
- Martin and Deborah's reports were both submitted on time.
- If you don't feel well, go and lay down.
- This is a very unique situation.
- I felt badly when my friend lost her job.
They look fine to me and that worries me.
The only reason I can think of to attempt corrections is because the email suggests that they are wrong!
For example, in the first sentence are they using "served" in the wrong tense so they're saying they don't serve clients anymore?
In the second sentence is the apostrophe 's' suggesting that Deborah owns both the reports like a possessive (I think that's what it's called)?
I've always followed a rule (I know...) that if I could switch the sentence parts where the comma is and it sounds normal then the comma is OK like in the third sentence. "Go lay down if you don't feel well" sounds normal to me.
Does the badly in sentence five need to be replaced with "bad" because of the trailing -ly?