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At a friend’s urging, we have added a new category: GrammarGrave for those grammar issues that may no longer be worth pressing.

We will, hesitantly, add to this category as our language evolves (whether we like it or not).

Please stay tuned, and, submit your candidates for burial.

Currently with the morticians:

none” as singular (originated as a contraction for not one). See our earlier post (and comments) “Accepted through misuse

lay” vs. “lie” as to be in a horizontal or recumbent position, or to recline. See our earlier post: “Lie like a rug …

like” vs. “such as” or “as though.” See our earlier post: “Like, totally … NOT

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  1. The study of how words and their component parts combine to form sentences.
  2. The study of structural relationships in language or in a language, sometimes including pronunciation, meaning, and linguistic history.
  3. The system of inflections, syntax, and word formation of a language.
  4. The system of rules implicit in a language, viewed as a mechanism for generating all sentences possible in that language.
  5. A normative or prescriptive set of rules setting forth the current standard of usage for pedagogical or reference purposes.
  6. Writing or speech judged with regard to such a set of rules.

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