I don't like being wrong. I like it even less when everyone else is wrong and I can't (or shouldn't) tell them, for reasons of etiquette. I suppose I'm just finicky, which is why I spend quite a bit of time reviewing my own websites, Here and There, enjoying their majesty. Or something.
It's OK when I don't know that a rule is being broken, or that something is just wrong. Unfortunately, I'm also just a little bit curious, so I eventually learn the rules, and then notice when things disobey them.
...which brings me to the semantics of the English language. Read the following:
Practiseis the verb;
practiceis the noun - think
- A does not comprise of B and C; A comprises B and C.
there isand thus cannot refer to several items - it makes as much sense as
several items is...;
there arerefers to several items (
several items are...).
the item that belongs to them;
their isare wrong;
there isis right.
Must of, as in
It must of been cold., is wrong;
must have, as in
It must have been cold.is right.
And the classics:
Thererefers to a place;
belonging to them;
belonging to you;
Itsis used like
While we're on the topic, some abbreviations:
et cetera, not
ek cetera, and is not spelt
1 gramis abbreviated to
1 g, not
2 gramsis abbreviated to
2 g, not
sis never added to SI units' abbreviations when pluralising them.
(By the way, feel free to report any cock-ups in the above to me.)
What prompted all this? Well, it was Andrei's use of
Practice, practice, practice as a headline. ...trouble is, it's actually valid to use nouns like that. But we all know he meant
Practise, practise, practise, right?
Remember that just because one can speak English effectively doesn't mean one can write English effectively.