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12 November 2008

Grammatical Misconduct

By // TV

If TV writers can manage to create multi-faceted characters, intricate plot lines, memorable jokes and poignant dramatic moments, why can’t they seem to grasp proper English grammar?

On this week’s Gossip Girl, Dan “the writer” Humphrey said “I feel really badly about that”. To “feel badly” is to have your sense of touch impaired, to “feel bad” is to have negative feelings. Dan really should know the distinction.

And then there was the educated and clever Samantha Newly who said “another good thing about my friends are…”. Her subject is singular, her verb should be too.

Not to be a Ted Mosby about this or anything, ’cause Lord knows I cannot use a comma properly to save my life, but shouldn’t someone be in charge of fixing those kinds of stupid mistakes? Isn’t that what interns are for?

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