Gut Rumbles

April 25, 2006

grammar police

I can't help it. I was an English major.

PEOPLE!!! The word "however" is a conjunctive adverb. If you simply must stick "however" in the middle of a sentence, you're gonna need a semicolon and a comma to do so correctly. Allow me to demonstrate:

INCORRECT: "Tommy went to the store however he didn't buy anything."

CORRECT: "Tommy went to the store; however, he didn't buy anything."

If I had the power, I would drag the word "however" off and shoot it. It's a messy word. It's unsightly clutter, like an overflowing ashtray on an otherwise clean coffee table. Don't use it unless you HAVE to, and that's almost never the case. "Tommy went to the store but he didn't buy anything." See?

End of pedantry...

(Don't listen to me. This site is banned on South Carolina public school computers.)


Yeah, I knew that. However, I just like to use the word how ever I can when I can and some times I just forget to space between the how and the ever,

Posted by: GUYK on April 25, 2006 12:30 PM

I'm guilty of using (However), like Guyk just did. I usually begin a sentance with it, because I always screw it up if I use it in the middle of a sentance.

I have also been known to use "your" when I should be using "you're."

These things usually happen if I'm in a hurry to get something out there. I'm my own worst editor.

Posted by: Mrite on April 25, 2006 01:00 PM

I went to South Carolina public school and your screed made my head hurt however I'll forgive you. Doh!

Posted by: Ironner on April 25, 2006 01:23 PM

I like using however quite a bit; however, I ain't never paid attention to grammar rulez.

Do that be otay prouncuashun?

Posted by: phin on April 25, 2006 01:23 PM

Guy's usage is perfectly acceptable; however, he doesn't NEED the word "however" at all.

"Yeah, I knew that. I just like to..."

See what I mean?

Posted by: Acidman on April 25, 2006 01:25 PM

I don't know if it is a habit I picked up writing military jargon or just that I am wordy--which also mean full of shit. Toward that end, however; I will try to refrain from using the conjuction....I like to use all those little dots like Eric...

Posted by: GUYK on April 25, 2006 01:48 PM

I plan to use however irregardless because it helps my run-on sentences flow nicely; however, I surely do appreciate the information as it never hurts to be made aware of proper rules and such so I can feel like an idiot if it's something I did recently, and I do know I'm prone to make all sorts of errors when I start thinking about something and begin typing and forget to take a breath, and then I go back later to try and read what I posted and can't figure out what the heck I was even talking about, as it makes absolutely no sense to me whatsoever, so I know for a fact that other people are probably bored and confused as well, but I just keep on trying because it's nice to have the internet as an outlet for all these thoughts boiling about in my brain, and I really do appreciate it , even though it may appear that I don't , because we can learn things from one another if we just care enough to, can't we?

Posted by: Tessa on April 25, 2006 01:54 PM

I like the word; however, I can certainly see your point.

Love you and your English major ways.

Posted by: Lisa on April 25, 2006 02:01 PM

Damn a bunch of english majors.

Posted by: jamesoldguy on April 25, 2006 02:11 PM

Wait a minute, Mr. Grammar. Shouldn't there be a comma after the word store? As in: "Tommy went to the store, but he didn't buy anything."

Posted by: DogsDontPurr on April 25, 2006 03:43 PM

What I really hate is when people end a sentence in a preposition. That's the kind of grammar abuse up with which I shall not put.

Posted by: middy on April 25, 2006 05:23 PM

I'll be happy if folks will just learn the difference between "loose" and "lose".

Posted by: Roy on April 25, 2006 05:48 PM

Everybody knows the correct word is howsomever, and it must be separated by a semicolon, a colon, or a small intestine. I mean, what the fuck.

Posted by: Velociman on April 25, 2006 07:58 PM

Leave it to v-man!

Posted by: Murry on April 26, 2006 03:28 AM

.... I don't do grammar... however, I am glad you pointed out the rule....

Posted by: Eric on April 26, 2006 08:25 AM

Fuck you, Eric. However you want it.

Posted by: Acidman on April 26, 2006 02:06 PM

Rob, can one start a sentence with the word However, and is it correct? As in "However, the president had not comment." ??

Posted by: David Darke on April 26, 2006 07:17 PM

I am a technical writer and editor at an insurance company. All my SME's think they are great writers. My colleagues and I threaten to remove various keys from their keyboards every time we receive an article to translate into real English. We've taken to sighing "irregardless..." at random points in our day. :)

Posted by: Sandy on April 26, 2006 07:54 PM

How about the improper use of "between you and I". That one drives me nuts.

You should do a whole post dedicated to the most common of gramatical mistakes (excluding spelling).

Posted by: Shawna on April 26, 2006 08:03 PM
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