May I ask what a gaff is? Not intending to be mean, just don't know... is it an error of some sort?
I see this one very often. Even people like Beyonce or 50 Cent used it in their songs (Single Ladies, for example).- "I could care less" does not have the meaning most people intend it to have. What they really mean is "I couldn't care less."
It's an Americanism - perhaps, a feature of US English. In Britain people don't say "could" care less.I'm surprised no one has mentioned "lose" and "loose" yet.
I see this one very often. Even people like Beyonce or 50 Cent used it in their songs (Single Ladies, for example).
I don't think it's an Americanism but ignorance. The sentence doesn't even make sense without the negation. If one "could care less", then this would mean that there is a degree of importance of the thing the phrase refers to in a specific context and when people use this phrase they want to say that they don't care about a specific thing at all. To convey this meaning the only correct use of the phrase is "couldn't care less".It's an Americanism - perhaps, a feature of US English. In Britain people don't say "could" care less.
I am guilty of this one.DPH's last word brings us to effect vs. affect.
"Effect" is a noun. "Alcohol has a bad effect on me."
"Affect" is used in its most common form as a verb. "UV rays affect the skin."
These are the most common ways. You can use the words in the alternate ways too, but those are so complicated. Remember VANE: Verb Affect Noun Effect.
Yes, that's correct.Right? So it would be right to say "I affected him" to mean that I caused him effects? Is that right?
A gaff is a pole with a hook on its end.May I ask what a gaff is? Not intending to be mean, just don't know... is it an error of some sort?
English isn't even my main language and I cringe at what I see... sometimes I think us foreigners know English better than the natives...Yes, that's correct.
"Your" and "You're"
Your = belonging to you.
You're = YOU ARE.
The apostrophe means that letters are missing and it's a contraction. Thus, "you are" becomes "you're".
"Your dress is lovely." -"Thanks, you're so sweet."
Edit: I teach high school English, sorry if I come off sounding too teacher-y.