July 07, 2005

Eats, Shoots, and Leaves

I just recieved a memo with this sentence in it:

Due to the volume of data, we will not be correcting grammar or spelling mistakes.

I wish they had written "Due to the volume of data, we will not correct grammar or spelling mistakes."

I HATE the "to be + gerund" construct. It gets bandied about so much these days that it makes me a little crazy ESPECIALLY in situations like this. I know it's easy to use. I know I use it more than I ought. But it still makes me crazy.

So, let's all just group together to make it stop.

Posted by Flibbertigibbet at July 7, 2005 08:38 AM | TrackBack

I for one will not be using that construct any longer!

Posted by: Jim at July 7, 2005 03:58 PM
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