The words “real” and “really” are often misused, especially in commercials, let’s set the record straight.
What part of speech is “real”?
What part of speech is “really”?
Define “real” and “really”.
Create sentences using “real” and “really” correctly.
Most of the rules and concepts that I will present in this new feature called “Rule of the Week” will be of interest only to English purists and will nary a ripple in the minds of most people.
I am not trying to be an elitist or a grammar snob. Some of the ideas will conflict with my own efforts to maintain a modicum of purity regarding the use of correct English, but I will accede to those who spend their lives pondering the vagaries of language.
My goal has been to always write and speak as correctly as possible and my criticisms have often targeted newspaper writers and news readers who, sometimes, commit atrocious mistakes and I think those errors do the reading and listening public a great disservice. Thus, I feel, as a teacher, it is necessary to correct the errors.
With this philosophy in mind, I offer the first “Rules of the Week”. And, it is important to freely admit that many of the myths of rules that I will present are based on a book called “The Origins of the Specious” by Patricia T. O’Conner.
RULE OF THE WEEK
It is not incorrect to split an infinitive.
The rule was created two centuries ago by wordsmiths who wanted to make English resemble Latin and that is not quite possible given the heavy influence of German in the development of the language.
So go ahead; you are allowed to occasionally split your infinitives, especially if you find it necessary to clearly explain your concept.
The word for today is “disputatious”.
What part of speech is “disputatious”?
What other parts of speech can be made from “disputatious”?
Define “disputatious” and use it in a sentence.