Help me find 5 mistakes and than solution to thoes mistakes!

Andrew Dietz andrew.dietz at library.gatech.edu
Tue Aug 17 20:52:10 UTC 2004


Ok, here's my biggest pet peeve:

The plural of CACTUS is CACTUSES, not CACTI, and the plural of
VIRUS is VIRUSES, not VIRII.

Makes me cringe every time I read/hear it...

Andrew



On Tue, August 17, 2004 2:55 pm, Thom Paine said:
> On Tue, 2004-08-17 at 14:10, Rick Stevens wrote:
>
>>
>> My current three primary pet peeves:
>>
>> 1. "Me and John...".  Wrong!  "John and I...".  Correct.
>>
>> 2. The word is "separate", people.  There is no such word as
>> "seperate"
>> in the English language.
>>
>> 3. Plurals do NOT use an apostrophe unless it is a plural
>> possessive or
>> possessive of a subject that ends in "s".  Examples:
>>
>> 	"dogs" means multiple instances (correct plural)
>>
>> 	"dog's" means the object is owned by the dog (possessive)
>>
>> 	"dogs'" means many dogs own the object (plural possessive)
>>
>> 	"Rick Stevens' car" means my car (possessive of subject ending
>> 	in "s")
>>
>
> I just have to add one last thing.
>
> My grade ten english teacher taught me one thing that I'll never
> forget.
>
> Anytime someone said 'is when' he freaked out and corrected them
> that it
> should be 'occurs when'. I still remember this 19 years later. And
> I
> still quote it when people say it to me.
>
>
>
>
>
>
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