I'm going to have a little grumble about the general decline in the standard of grammar in our language. I know we all speak our English in subtly different ways depending where in the world we live, but there are some basic rules which seem to have gone overboard since I went to school.
My pet grouches:
1) A plural subject with a singular verb eg There's five teams in the competition. Aaaahghghgh.
2) Incorrect past participle eg I should of asked him. (This is more in spoken language than written but no doubt it's coming to print soon.)
3) Incorrect preposition eg I borrowed it off him
4) Noun used as adverb eg She did good. What happened to she did well???? This seems to be more a US usage than Aussie. Does it grate on US ears as well? I don't think people are always talking about someone like Mother Theresa and her charitable doings.
5) A general decline in spelling. eg there, their, they're, your, you're etc
6) My Dad used to grumble when as a child I said something was 'real good'. It's really good, he'd say. And he was right.
Am I being a grumpy old lady? Having just collected my senior's card I feel entitled to be. Anyone else concerned about our language losing its nuance and richness through lack of knowledge and laziness?