Grammer Cop is a member of the Modern Language Association
Frequently Asked Questions
of the non-grammar kind
I am often lambasted for having errors in my own grammar.
To those deputy Grammer Cops, I say, “Go get ’em, deputy Fife!”
The thing is, it makes me sad that satire has become such a lost art as to require an explanation. It seems that sarcasm has totally replaced it. Oh well.
For what it’s worth, yes, I know it should be:
“Writers beware! it’s Grammar Cop.”
Now for some real questions
- Do you really answer questions from visitors?
- Do you get paid?
From my freelance work, yes, but not from this site. Feel free to make a donation!
- Do you use references or style guides?
I use a number of reference books, including the Chicago Manual of Style, the MLA Style Guide, Strunk and White's The Elements of Style, and others. I should give credit also to Edwin Newman, who inspired me to correct people's gaffes from a very early age.
- Will you edit my documents?
Yes, see my freelance page.
- How fast will I get my answer?
Sometimes immediately, sometimes it takes a few days. If you're really in a hurry, send me a reminder. Still, this is just a hobby of mine.
- Is there really a “right” and “wrong” in grammar?
For some things, yes, everybody agrees. For other things, only most people agree. With other things, nobody agrees. When you ask me, you get my opinion, but I generally tell you why I have that opinion.
- Do you really know the difference between “it’s” and “its”?
- You misspell your own name, how can I trust you?
Don’t feel bad…some people just don’t get it.
Enter the Grammar Blog, for questions and answers from reader over the years…
Grammer Cop will try to answer all of your grammar questions and might choose your letter for publication in the blog. By submitting a question, you consent to having it published. You may choose to remain anonymous, of course.
Grammer Cop particularly enjoys settling office bets, family squabbles and helping to set new standards when the existing standards of grammar just don’t cut it.