If You Could Care Less About Grammar, Then at Least You Care a Little!
No matter who or where you are, good grammar can help you distinguish yourself as a credible expert. Maintain your authority as an expert by keeping readers amiably focused on your credibility and quality message. Watch out for these 5 grammatically incorrect phrases.
in regards to …
For many grammarians, the phrase “in regards to” is considered outstandingly bad English. It’s a mutated mash up of the gratuitously formal phrases “as regards” and “in regard to.” Lose the stuffy formality by trying adequate phrases like “regarding” or “about.” If you’re so inclined to be formal, then remember to drop the s: “in regard to.”
Exercise good judgment in regards to the information you present in your articles.
Exercise good judgment in regard to the information you present in your articles.
each other …
While the phrase “each other” does have a time and a place, it’s often mistakenly used in place of “one another.” What’s the difference? “Each other” is used when only two subjects are referenced. “One another” is used when more than two subjects are referenced.
What was the dog, the cat, and the man’s connection to each other?
What was the dog, the cat, and the man’s connection to one another?
What was the dog and man’s connection to one another?
What was the dog and man’s connection to each other?
for all intense of purposes … or for all intensive purposes …
Often incorrectly used instead of the phrase “for all intents and purposes,” neither of the above constructions make sense, nor are they grammatically correct. “For all intense of purposes” translates into “for every extreme condition of purposes.” Similarly, “for all intensive purposes” translates into “for every vigorous (or very thorough) condition of purposes.” When attempting to convey “for all practical purposes” or “in effect,” remember it’s the aim – the “intent and purpose.”
For all intense of purposes, we will refer to John Winkler as “Winkler” and John Harris as “Harris.”
For all intensive purposes, we will refer to John Winkler as “Winkler” and John Harris as “Harris.”
For all intents and purposes, we will refer to John Winkler as “Winkler” and John Harris as “Harris.”
The word “as” is used to convey the same degree or amount – that something is equal. Similarly, the word “equally” is used to show something is equal or uniform. Therefore “equally as” is redundant.
I can tell you’re equally as excited as I am to receive a fruitcake.
I can tell you’re as excited as I am to receive a fruitcake.
could care less …
When attempting to state that you “don’t care,” you may have tripped on the phrase “could care less” when you really meant you “couldn’t care less.” What’s the difference? If you “could care less,” then you do care to some extent. If you “couldn’t care less,” then you do not care at all.
What a waste of time and space! I could care less.
What a waste of time and space! I couldn’t care less.
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