Yes, they irritate me. Yes, I feel smug whenever I hear them. And yes, I know my grammar isn’t perfect. Yes, I feel like I am doing our society a favor by posting this. No, I INSIST that I have a right to write as though my grammar were impeccable even though I know it isn’t.
So, here goes:
- Cashier: “Ay Ma’am, baka po may 50 cents na lang sila…”
I feel like saying: ”None, and if I do have one I won’t give it to you in exchange for your one peso because 50 cents is approximately 20 pesos.”
Explanation kung hindi mo pa rin gets: cents is to dollar as centavos is to peso.
- Kuya Kim: “At ito ho ang pinaka-latest ngayon mula sa PAGASA tungkol kay Bagyong Blah Blah Blah…”
I feel like saying: ”Ang pinaka ay nagmula sa Tagalog na ang ibig sabihin sa Ingles ay most o puwede rin itong pamalit sa suffix o hulapi na -est “.
Explanation kung hindi mo pa rin gets: Pinaka-latest is equivalent to most latest, which is a double superlative.
- Mostly newbie conyos: “I will gonna buy this.”
I feel like saying: ”I will gonna correct you muna ha, ‘coz like, you have mali.”
Explanation kung hindi mo pa rin gets:In forming future tenses, there are two options: the will form and the be verb*+going to form. You may interchange the uses, but don’t mix them! You may say, “I will buy this” or “I am gonna (slang for going to) buy this.
- Even good English speakers: “I have already taken cared of it.”
I feel like saying:“The past tense has already been taken care of by the verb take. Pero OK lang yan, medyo mahirap talaga ‘yan. Just read the explanation below”:
Explanation kung hindi mo pa rin gets: In the phrase take care, care does not function as a verb but rather functions as a noun (as in “Handle this computer with care.”) so it can’t have a past form (Is childed the past form of child? Is catted the past form of cat?). Thus, just say, “I have already taken care of it.”
- Stores: Laboratory equipments and home furnitures for sale!
I feel like saying: I don’t think you have them!
Explanation kung hindi mo pa rin gets: There are no equipments and there are no furnitures…only equipment and furniture exist. These two words are always singular; to form their plural, they must be preceded by a phrase such as pieces of.
Yes, I know that there are so much more grammatical errors that we Filipinos commit in everyday conversations. But I chose these five because they are, in my opinion, among the most common despite the fact that they’re so easy!
*be verbs include am, is, are, was, were
Tell me what you think!
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