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Got this spam/phishing email a few weeks ago about unusual bank activity and a possible suspension of a bank account … yeah, right.

Anyway, the email is in need of the Grammar Police and Comma Clout, so here goes …

“Dear Bank Customer_ ,

Because of unusual number of invalid login attempts on your account, we had to believe that, their might be some security problem on your account…”

Comma Clout needed:

  • 1.remove the space before the comma in the greeting: “Dear Bank Customer,”
  • 2.remove the comma before the incorrectly-used “their” in the first sentence: “… we had to believe that …”

Grammar Policing needed:

  • their” should be “there:” “… we had to believe that there might be …”

See the Grammar Police blog post: “There you have it … ” for more on There vs. Their (and They’re).

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A reader writes:

“My pet hates they’re instead of their, it’s instead of its, of instead of have and your instead of you’re.”

What comes to your mind?

Here’s what came to ours:

pet hates

We figured the pet must be a cat … especially after we saw the following tweet (on Twitter):

“i believe that, if cats could talk, they would have an English accent and be total grammar snobs.”

What are your “pet hates” or “pet peeves” or “GrammarGripes?”

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