Questions tagged [hypercorrection]
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Picture annotations: "David and I hunting...", "David and I in the car" [duplicate]
So I was reading a book and was confused by some annotations under the pictures, but soon found this: Which is correct, "you and I" or "you and me"? Apparently, it is very hard to ...
Is using possessive pronouns after a name to show possession instead of apostrophe grammatical, like “John his car” for “John’s car”? [closed]
I've sometimes seen people use this so I was wondering if it is actually correct grammar or not. Couldn't find anything saying that this is correct nor anything saying that this is wrong online. What ...
Does an event happen 'then' in the past or 'there'
I have noticed people sometimes say eg "I nearly dropped my cup then". "Then" sounds wrong to me. I would say "there". Am I just making this up? I dont think of it as ...
What is the current state of the pronunciation of the name of the letter H in England? [closed]
The standard pronunciation of the name of the letter H is something like “aitch”. There is a variant pronunciation as “haitch”, which I have mostly seen described as originally a result of hyper-...
Suggestion for a sentence
It leads to inhibition of protein synthesis is take place. Is it a wrong statement ? If it is a wrong statement , could you please make a sentence for me which have same meaning as stated by above ...
How do I say that one thing is another using active voice?
I've tried typing this question or variations of this question into Google to no avail, so I apologize if it has already been answered elsewhere. I'm trying to edit a paper for a class in which the ...
Passive voice in academic writing; why is it not recommended? [duplicate]
When writing academic papers in English I use three different spelling and proofreading tools: Word, Grammarly, and Ginger. In the settings of all these tools, I specify that the document is an ...
how do I transform "that can be used" into active voice? [duplicate]
Consider the following sentence: The SuperAPI is the API that can be used to configure a Higher-Order model. When this sentence exists in a Microsoft® Office 365 Word document, the grammar ...
ESL text: "I notice similarities between myself and . . . ": Acceptable use of reflexive pronoun?
In an ESL class, a student asked a difficult question about the use of “myself” in the following sentence: I notice similarities between myself and other people more than differences. (Speak Out,...
Is the diphthong [ai] on a non-primary stressed syllable a hypercorrection? [closed]
Is the diphthong [ai] on a non-primary stressed syllable a hypercorrection? Some American people pronounce the prefix "anti" like an-tie. For example, here's a pronunciation of "anti-Christian" http:/...
Stative verbs in the continuous form?
As a nonnative speaker of English I was always taught in school that there are verbs that cannot be used in the continuous form, i.e. the stative verbs. However, I've seen some stative verbs used in ...
"as much as you and I" vs. "as much as you and me" [duplicate]
This was posted on facebook and people are saying it is incorrect, it should be: "...as you and I" Which is correct?
Does “can be” have an alternative that is not in the passive voice?
I have been experimenting with different forms of grammar recently, and have enabled Verbose Grammar Checks in Microsoft Word to alert me when I am unknowingly using the passive voice. I wanted to ...
How do you fix the passive voice in this sentence [duplicate]
I wrote this sentence: Because of his low weight, Gabe was still being nurtured instead of being named. And Word underlined the bold part saying I was using passive voice and I don't know how to fix ...
The expression "not so much" [closed]
I have noticed the appearance of the phrase "not so much" in the language recently. It strikes me as both grammatically incorrect and humorous when used. For example,"Jim is very smart; his brother, ...
"for which 'blah blah'" vs. "which 'blah blah' for" [duplicate]
When is it appropriate to use "for which" instead of "which .. for"? e.g. (talking about webpages) This method is useful for deprecated pages for which users have made bookmarks vs This method ...
Is English changing to make “Jack told Jill and *I* to walk faster” acceptable? [duplicate]
Consider: Jack told Jill and I to walk faster. instead of Jack told Jill and me to walk faster. This “mistake” seems to be becoming more and more common, even among TV newscasters or commentators. ...
Is there a term for grammatical mistakes as a result of trying too hard?
Today, I learned the term hyperforeignism after writing that I was drinking a latté and then stopping to wonder why I was putting a diacritical mark on the "e". This reminded me of other language ...
When proper usage impedes communication
This question may be moderated as unanswerable, but I am interested in opinions. Take this scenario: Most people I know will improperly correct "The ball belongs to John and me." to "The ball belongs ...
Is using passive voice "bad form"?
Whenever I create a document in Microsoft Word, it complains about a lot of my sentences being in passive voice. But, when I read that sentence aloud, it sounds fine to me. I am not sure if it is just ...
Is "Hopefully, my ship…" frowned upon?
Is the word "hopefully" unjustly treated? It appears that the following sentence is frowned upon: "Hopefully, my ship is just over the horizon and due in real soon now." But we ...
Does 'symbolic' mean the same as 'symbolical', and should one be preferred?
Wikipedia's article on vespers contains this passage (my emphasis): The name, however, by which it was most widely known during that period was Lucernalis or Lucernaria hora (l. c., 126). This name ...
"when I clicked on video file nothing has happened"
when I clicked on video file nothing has happened. Is that correct?
Is it ever worth the time and effort to correct someone else's grating grammatical mistakes? [closed]
Whenever I hear statements like "It was a great deal for he and I" and "Call Karen and I in the morning," I die a little. Such solecisms, as Twain said in another context (Cooper's prose style), "...
"Bring" versus "take" [duplicate]
My mother used to correct me all the time when I was younger when I would talk about bringing a toy to a friend’s house instead of taking it there. Which is correct, and why?
"high rate of speed" or "high speed" to mean going fast
Why do reporters (and sometimes police officers) say that somebody was going at a high rate of speed when they actually mean high speed? In physics, speed is already the rate of distance over time, ...
Which is correct, "you and I" or "you and me"?
When the phrase is used as an object, why so many native speakers are saying "you and I" instead of "you and me"? I'm not a native speaker but I thought "you and me" is correct. Not sure if this falls ...