1. Myself < insert name here >
If you’ve been a regular reader you’d probably know how many times writers mentioned this.
But we cannot stress enough how much we cringe each time someone introduces themselves as:
Instead say: My name is so-and-so!
I am so-and-so!
Photograph: Still from the film English Vinglish.
2. There, their, they’re:
Hey put that vase down I am not offending you, but many of us use the three interchangeably– while speaking and/or writing.
Unfortunately they mean totally different things.
‘There’ often indicates location. For example: I will be in New Delhi next week. You could meet me there.
‘Their’ is a possessive pronoun. For example: Citizens must be aware of their rights.
‘They’re’ is short for ‘they are’. For example: Have you met Rajeshwari and Satyen? They’re here to assist you!
Got the difference?
Photograph: Still from the TV show Star Trek
3. X Years back:
Here’s yet another classic English mistake (that isn’t necessarily an Hinglish) that can be easily avoided!
Back is used to refer to a specific period in the past.
For example: Back in my childhood things weren’t as expensive.
Back in the 19th century, people rode on horses.
Ago too is used to refer to a specific period in the past… but always in relation with the present.
For example: The class started 10 minutes ago. Or I graduated from school 15 years ago.
When you use ‘ago’ the unsaid is ‘always from the present moment’. So, never say:
The class started 10 minutes back.
I graduated from school 15 years back.
Photograph: Still from the movie R Rajkumar
4. Starting with ‘I’:
When referring to a group that includes you, list yourself at the end:
For example: Ramesh, Nitin, Raju, Suneet and I went on a road trip.
I, Ramesh, Nitin, Raju and Suneet went on a road trip.
Ramesh, I, Nitin, Raju and Suneet went on a road trip.
Actually no other way really!
Remember the movie: It’s The King and I and not the other way around!
Photograph: Poster of the filmThe King and I
5. Mr and Mrs…
Although it isn’t wrong to say Mr and Mrs, it is politically correct to lead with the lady.
So while addressing a letter to a couple or introducing them, go with Mrs and Mr XYZ instead and be a gentleman!
Photograph: Poster of the film Mr and Mrs Iyer
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