On Correcting Someone's Grammar
written by Steven on January 24, 2012
We've all been there: having a great conversation with a new flame, you really like this person, and then suddenly, at the end of a great story s/he says "…well, supposably that really happened." Or your girl/boy-friend says "this opposed to that," instead of "as opposed to." What do you do? How do you handle it? Here are some tips:
When is it NOT OK to correct grammar
- In the middle of a heated argument.
- During a sales pitch.
- During sweet, sweet love.
- When s/he's crying.
- When you're firing someone.
- When you're being interviewed for a job.
When is it OK to correct grammar
- When you've been asked.
- When you're speaking to your child.
- When you're speaking to your parent.
- When you're editing someone's speech or presentation.
- When you've decided that this is the perfect moment to reveal what an enormous asshole you really are.
- When you no longer have the patients to deal with this stupid person.
What are some ways to correct grammar
- Just tell them right then and there.
- With a link to an article that explains the grammar faux pas.
- Make the same mistake (at a later date) and ask if it's correct, beginning a conversation about it where you can discover the proper grammar together.
- Sometime later make a joke about someone else making the same mistake, acting like you never noticed them making it.
- Write a (surprisingly passive-aggressive) blog post about correcting grammar where you illustrate their mistakes as examples.