Tuesday, January 1, 2013

A Mess of Nouns, Pronouns, Adjectives, Adverbs, Verbs, and Possessives (IIC)

Part IIA gave you an overview of the kinds of deficiencies we see in Harriet’s use of the English language, particularly focusing on incorrect words and compound words.

Part IIB examined the application of singulars and plurals, verb tenses, and redundancies in a cross-section of Klausner’s reviews.

This section discusses problems with nouns, pronouns, adjectives, adverbs, and verbs that were readily apparent in the 600 review sampling over about a three-month period.

Below is a list of Harriet’s use of pronouns and the context in which they are used.  She has a particularly difficult time with “who” and “whom”.  Both are used indiscriminately, without rhyme or reason; and, from time to time, she actually gets it right.  The list ends with improper choices of pronouns.

One of the underlying issues the above list shows us is that the author doesn’t recognize objects within a sentence.  An object is on the receiving end of some kind of action or notice and sometimes is what a subject and/or verb point to.  In some instances, an object can take over from the subject and drive the sentence.  This is seventh-grade English.

What do we see when we look at nouns?  The odyssey of Harriet’s written reviews continues on its course of bizarre English by expanding nouns into adjectives adverbs, and verbs.

Adjectives, anyone?  I have, quite frankly, never thought to use an adjective as a noun, verb, or adverb.  But here they are.

I’ll bet you that verbs get some pretty interesting Klausner treatment, too.  Of course, if you bet against me, you would lose.

What’s left of easy English grammar?  You guessed it!  Adverbs.  Yet again, we find a new construct of the English language where adverbs become nouns, verbs, and adjectives.

Finally, before moving to Section IID, we’re going to check out how Harriet approaches the issues of possessives.  Like all the quick studies before, this one proved enlightening.  Simple bolding of characters with no brackets is incorrect.  Bolded letters and apostrophes in brackets are additions to show you how the possessives should be written:

Whumpf.  I am not trying to pick myself up off the floor.  I’m looking for my lost contact.

What are we looking at here?  There’s bad English and then there’s bad English.

We’re not quite done yet.  There’s one more section, Part IID dealing with prepositions, use of the word “as” (I almost titled it “Harriet’s Ases Problem”, but thought better of it), and the weird” catchall category for stuff that defies description.

Click here to go to Part IID.
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