Tip of the week: March’15

The tips in March dealt with a few more important language errors which people tend to use.

2 March: People often confuse between ‘stay’ and ‘live’. You ‘stay’ for a short duration but ‘live’ permanently in a place. People often ask me where do I stay and I invariably answer, I live in Mumbai because I know that’s that they want to know.

9 March: “Myself, Ram” OR “My colleague and myself” – Using myself when you mean ‘I’ or ‘me’ is incorrect. Myself is a reflexive pronoun used when you want to talk about something on your own. For instance, I made it myself (on my own). So, Introduce yourself as “I am Ram” and say “my colleague and I”

16th March: Land and land up: The plane lands. And people land up in trouble.

23rd March: For: a duration of time. Since: a particular point of time.
Eg: I haven’t seen her for a year (duration of a year)
I haven’t seen her since graduation (the day of graduation)

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Comments

  1. Hi Suman… Nice post! On 9 March tip, I would like to add that some people also mistakenly say “Me and my colleague/friend” which should be actually “My friend/colleague and I”.

    1. Thanks for your comment Anup. I agree with you. We have made the language our own in unique ways. But they don’t go by standard grammar rules and that’s why we need to change. Hope to see you here again!

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