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Is this e-mail correct?  NO!

 

Dear All,

 

Please let me know if you got my massage.

 

Thanks,

Janet

 

 

NO!  This email is NOT correct, unless you are asking if they all got your MASSAGE, instead of your MESSAGE!

 

Rule:  Check your e-mails before you press "click" to avoid embarrassing yourself.  "Massage" and "message" are both words, so your spell checker will not alert you that it is a mistake.

Is this e-mail correct?

 

 

Dear All,

 

Please let me know if you got my massage.

 

Thanks,

Janet

 

 

See tomorrow's Tip of the Day for the answer.

 

 

 

It Depends or It's Depend?

 

 

Wrong:   Can we go to the beach today?

                It's depend in the weather.

Right:      Can we go to the beach today?      

                 It depends on the weather.

 

Rule:  In English, the word, "depend," is not an adjective (תואר). You are probably used to hearing:  it's nice, it's beautiful, (adjectives), but we don't say, "It's depend" because depend is a verb (פועל) -  it acts like a regular verb.  For example, depend is just like the word, work.  We say,  it works, she works, etc. (not, it's work or she's work).  So we also say, it depends, she depends, (not, it's depend, she's depend).

 

Rule:  After the word, depend, we always use the preposition (מלת יחס) - ON.

 

 

 

Double Negatives -

A BIG "NO-NO" 

 

Never use a double negative

in one sentence!

 

 

Wrong:  We didn't do nothing last weekend.

Right:     We didn't do ANYTHING last weekend.

 

Wrong:  I don't want nothing. 

Right:     I don't want ANYTHING.

 

 

Rule:  Two negatives in one sentence cancel each other out and transform the meaning into a positive, so that the sentence, "We didn't do nothing last weekend," really means, "We DID something last weekend."

 

The best way to correct a double negative is to replace the second negative word with, "any."  

 

 

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