So, what drives you crazy? Me? When I see one of the above pronouns/contractions misused in a published work, I go bonkers.
Why? I think it’s because it shows carelessness and a lack of respect for the reader. Before I retired, I had a list I called “the givens” on an anchor chart in my high school classroom. These “givens” were “no excuse” words. If I saw one of them in a piece of writing I was grading, I would stop reading. The writer needed to fix the “given” or I simply would not read it.
Now, I am a marshmallow, always have been, always will be. If a student said the dog ate his homework, I believed him. However, on this matter I was rigid. If we allow students to keep making the same errors over and over again, and we keep “correcting” these errors for them, who is doing the learning?
Middle school girls love writing the pronoun “I” as lower case with a little heart drawn as the dot. We shouldn’t let them! Kindergarten students are supposed to be able to write the pronoun “I” as a capital letter. By seventh grade everyone should be doing so.
What would be on your “givens” list?