It’s simples, simples

Look, it really is very, very simple:

  • It’s ‘there’ or it’s ‘their’
  • It’s ‘we’re’ or it’s ‘were’
  • It’s ‘it’s’ or it’s ‘its’

My 16yo daughter knows the rules behind each of these alternatives (and their correct uses), and she lives in a country where English is not the first language.

Why are some people who were born, and educated, in the UK, incapable of following some simple grammatical rules?

Are these people stupid?

Or are these people lazy?

The answer must, surely, be one of these?

I know people who are diagnosed with dyslexia, who get these simple rules right.

Let’s not look for excuses, let’s look for answers.

Why are some people incapable of speaking (and using) their language correctly?

Is that too much to expect?

That the people who were born and educated here would be able to speak and use their home language correctly?

Is it?

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5 Responses to It’s simples, simples

  1. Masher says:

    I can see your quite annoyed about this.

    • Brennig says:

      I’ll resist the temptation to edit your comment to correctness because I know you are only winding me up. And you shall pay dearly for that. Oh yes. You shall pay dearly.

      *strokes cat*

  2. Allister says:

    It’s laziness. Apparently “so long as you understand what I mean” none of it matters.

    • Brennig says:

      I half agree with you Allister. What I mean is I *want* to agree with you. But I see so many examples of wrongness, that i wonder if the problem is more fundamental. Has the British education system not been educating people correctly? Have our schools been prepared to accept (what would be, to most thinking people) unacceptably low standards of literacy? As I said, half of me agrees with you. But the other half agrees with the latter school of thought. Unfortunately.

      • Allister says:

        I should clarify. There are those who know but don’t take the time to apply the rules, those who know rules exist but can’t be bothered committing them to memory and those who have no idea. The first two groups are lazy. However the latter group may well be in the majority these days. The middle group is fairly large, though.

        Are schools failing the third group? Hell, yes! The same people don’t understand why adding 20% to a number and then taking 20% away does not give you the original number.

        The scary thing is the school systems have been shite for long enough that these people may now be parents. What hope do THEIR kids have?