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Don: I enjoyed your email! I want to include the incorrect grammatical
sentences "I should have 'did' it." and "...should have'went'." I notice
these are frequently misused even by educated people. I had a friend that
the misuse of laying and lying drove her crazy. Since English is not my
field I don't know what the answer is. Is it the evolution of the
language?? Barb

Barbara M. Stout
Supplemental Instructional Specialist
University of Pittsburgh
311 Wm. Pitt Union
Pittsburgh, PA 15260
1-412-648-7920

On Mon, 7 Dec 1998, DonGarnett wrote:

> I agree that written English also suffers.  Very irritating examples are
> often found on the local news, especially in smaller markets such as
> Lubbock, Texas, where I live.  Not only are errors in grammar frequent, the
> "talking heads" reading from the teleprompter apparently do not know the
> difference between what is right or wrong.  One of my pet peeves is the
> gradual change in what is first offensive, then tolerated, then accepted.
>  Example:  "drug bust" becomes "busted" for arrested then "busted" for
> jaywalking.  Although some of my English teacher colleagues might call this
> the evolution of the English language, I can only see it as another example
> of lower standards or laziness.  Last night I heard a weekend anchor on
> television read, "The building was broke into."  GRRRR!
>
>
> Don Garnett
>