Sometimes Often

I’m going to go ahead and share a grammar tip with y’all. I have no doubt in my mind that you all know better, but I was subjected to a sentence recently containing this, and my brain almost exploded.  SOMETIMES OFTEN… as in, together. The two words together. I’ll give you an example sentence. “The Prime Minister sometimes often makes decisions based on his personal views of the world,” or maybe, “I sometimes often go to the salon for a hair cut.” Well, which one is it?!! We’ll never know… it’s either “sometimes” or “often,” or maybe “sometimes often?”

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I’m not even going to explain why you shouldn’t use those two words together as I’m sure it’s obvious, and I’m sure the sentence I was subjected to was a special case. That said, I do encourage you to use the words verbally every so often, just for a good laugh of course. Nothing more wishy-washy than “sometimes often.” Even more importantly, I highly encourage you to proof read and edit your writing so something like “sometimes often” doesn’t happen, as it’ll make you look very foolish… especially if it’s a legal document. *ouch

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On children and grammar

Your children will speak the way you speak. If you want your children to use good grammar, than you need to use good grammar. However, when there are a variety of influences in your children’s lives (such as ours), it is not always that easy. I certainly cannot control how all the influential adults speak around my children, nor do I have any desire to. I can however control the way I speak, and make an effort to correct my littles without nagging them.

So here is my current pet peeve regarding the children’s grammar usage.

SEEN… As in, “I seen a spider the size of my head,” or “I seen that guy turn in to a zombie.” I know a lot of adults that use “seen” like this, and while I really don’t care one way or another when it comes to them, I really want my kidlets to know the difference between “seen” and “saw.” Lindsay is a writer and has a journalism degree… the amount of “seen” that goes on in our house is going to give her a hernia.

Every time I hear someone say “I seen” when they should have said “I saw”, this is what I picture:

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No, I don’t think that when children say it, but I do with adults…. mostly joking.