Last week I upgraded my Grammarly account to “Premium” status.
I couldn’t help myself; they had a black Friday sale, and I couldn’t resist.
I was just reading the weekly report they send by email. I call it the “YOUR GRAMMAR SUCKS” report.
I was more active than 82% of Grammarly users ( read: you wrote a lot)
I was more accurate (mistakes/words) than 42% of Grammarly users ( read: you suck!)
My vocabulary was more dynamic (unique/total words) than 78% of Grammarly users( read: you suck but with flair)
My top mistakes were:
Missing comma in a compound sentence. ( I’m rolling my eyes, shaking my head and hopping on one foot. There’s your comma momma.)
Unnecessary ellipsis. ( …….) and for good measure ………..
Incorrect spacing with punctuation. ( Oh holy hell, maybe I hit the space bar too many times)
The weekly tip is the explanation or definition of ellipsis: Those little dots often found in a sentence or quote. Coming from the Greek word meaning “omission” and that’s just what it does: an ellipsis shows that something has been left out.
Apparently Grammarly has decided I must not know what ellipsis are, and this is the reason I use them unnecessarily. So they felt the need to define them for me. Grammar checker and dictionary! I got my money’s worth there!
But how does Grammarly know my ellipsis usage is unnecessary? If I use the ellipsis ( and I do) to mean an unfinished thought or a leading statement then telling me they are unnecessary means Grammarly is a psychic program and knows what the finished thought would be. A psychic program for $68! Booya!
Now I know there are purists who hate the ellipsis but I feel sorry for the little dots, I think they get a bad rap.
By the way, three is the correct number to use, four is considered informal and more than that just means you’re trying to incite a grammar riot.
Don’t trip over the missing comma on your way to the riot.
Finish this thought…………
I can’t wait for next weeks Grammarly report.
“Incited a riot in 98% of Grammarly users.”