Sunday, January 8, 2012

Top Ten Grammar Peeves

4 comments:

queenscook said...

Re: #8
"Effect" can be a verb as well, as in the following usage: "to effect change"

BBP said...

I don't think the usage of the word "their" is correct in this sentence. I base this on the fact that estimates and assumptions are not people. Am I incorrect?

Estimates and assumptions about future events and their effects
cannot be perceived with certainty and, accordingly, these estimates may change as new events occur, as more experience is acquired, as additional information is obtained and as the operating environment changes.

Grammar Police said...

It's not illegal to use "their" with inanimate objects, although a lot of people don't like its use. You could rearrange the sentence to eliminate their, but that would create a very awkward sentence.

Joe B said...

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/irregardless