Several statements to be avoided when speaking in public

Several statements to be avoided when speaking or writing

  • anyways–is not a word
  • Like I said, they were there the whole time–As I said, they
  • I wish I would of known in advance–I wish I had known in advance (of is not proper here)
  • Her and I went to the movies–She and I
  • There’s many wonderful episodes in this novel–There are —                                     
  • Between you and I, the argument really got worse quickly–between you and me-
  • Me and my teacher argued about another student’s grade–My teacher and I (reference to yourself comes last)
  • He did bad on the test–need an adverb here–he did badly or poorly
  • The story was very unique–unique means one of a kind
  • I feel badly that he flunked the test–I feel bad (a state of condition of yourself)
  • Me and him went to the movies the other night–He and I went–
  • Her and I are really trying to work things out.  She and I are . . .
  • If I was thinking I would of done better–If I were thinking or  If I had been thinking I would Have.
  • Has anyone lost their pen?  Has anyone (singular) lost his or her pen?
  • Being that they were playing in the band,—Because they were (being is not causation).
  • My parents enjoy plants when they’re potted–need I say more?
  • We were waiting on him to arrive for over four hours–We wait for someone to arrive–only waiters in restaurants wait on people.
  • The reason I didn’t do my homework is because I had to go to the doctor.  The reason I didn’t do my homework is I had . . . or is that I had to . . .