Grammar Wednesday!

Pet Peeve Edition!

I was drawing a blank for what to write about this week, so I turned to Kizz who, as usual, saved my day. “I KNOW!” she said, “Please rant on the inadmissability of people saying “That’s besideS the point.” NO! It is BESIDE the point – as in NEXT TO!!!!!”

We can see she’s pretty passionate about this one, and with good reason.

Beside” is a preposition that means, as Kizz said, “next to,” which, for our purposes today, is what is being expressed when someone dismisses something as being off-subject or inconsequential:

“You didn’t ask to use my car: that you filled it with gas before returning it is beside the point.”

Besides” is an adverb that means “furthermore” or “in addition.” Use “besides” when you’re introducing more evidence or furthering a discussion:

“I’m sorry, but I can’t come to your party on Saturday. I have a lot of housework to do and I’m expecting a visit from my sister in the afternoon. Besides, I don’t really like your other friends very much.”

My contribution to the “pet peeve” post concerns putting an extra “is” at the end of “the problem is” or “the point is” or any other introductory phrase that ends in “is.” I hear a lot of people say things like:

“The problem is is that too many principals were never teachers themselves.”

Really – only one “is” is required.

As I do every week, I’m taking Grammar Wednesday topic requests, so if there’s something that confuses, befuddles or stymies you – or just sends you into a fury whenever you hear or see it – let me know. Chances are good it’ll show up in a future G.W. post!


-Mrs. Chili



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7 responses to “Grammar Wednesday!

  1. In honor of the late dictator of Iraq I suggest the various forms of the verb “to hang”.

    Also, the differences between drank and drunk. As in “I never drunk with Alex”. Or alternatively the correct, “I never DRANK with Alex.”

    And, in conclusion per my e-mail to you, She and Dick giggled vs. Her and Dick giggled.

    In the immortal words of Charlie Brown, “AAAAUUUUUUUUUUGH!!!!!”

  2. haha!

    Of course, you could just do all the verb tenses…

    I’m gonna recomment semi-colons. Or better yet, commas. I like them, and I’d like to see them used properly, or at least, used.

    Also, a lesson on when to use apostrophes at the end of a word. Jones’s or Jones’ or Joneses?

  3. Have you addressed “irregardless” yet? That is my biggest pet peeve…

  4. Kizz asked me to talk about “irregardless,” too. I’ll save that up for another peeve post. Got any more? Keep ’em coming!

  5. Hi! I saw you name over at Meno’s and just clicked on it. I’m a teacher, too. My grammar peeves… too many to list, but these are right at the top of the list:

    1. The conditional when it’s not:
    If I *would have* known, I would have called you.

    2. Supermarkets: “can” vegetables. (Where are the “can’t” vegetables?!)

  6. Oops… Of course, I meant to write “I saw *your* name.” Very embarrassing to have a typo when one is commenting on grammar pet peeves, ha, ha!

  7. Welcome, Ortizzle!

    I can’t STAND it when I have typos on comments, either; PARTICULARLY when I’m griping about grammar or otherwise commenting in the capacity of English teacher. Grrrr!

    I have a similar pet peeve about the conditional, though mine goes to “if I was going to the party, I’d bring cheeze doodles.” No – if you WERE going… This one, I think, will be my life’s crusade…

    I think another “pet peeve” edition of Grammar Wednesday will be up this week, since I’ve gotten some good suggestions from last week’s post.

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