RS (rainbowstevie) wrote,

RS's Life Lessons in Grammar: Correct and Incorrect Applications of "To."

Hello Livejournal!

I would like to share with you two extremely important pieces of information that will change your life, or at least the life of the next person who edits your work in any capacity, regarding phrases that do not mean what you think they mean and should probably never be said ever, just to be safe.

1. "He thanked me for calling to the restaurant."
INCORRECT. The correct phrasing is "He thanked me for calling the restaurant." No "to." Unless you actually had previously yelled, "Hey restaurant, whassup??"

2. "He offered me to take a test drive."
INCORRECT. There are two possible correct alternates:
-Correct option 1: He offered a test drive.
-Correction option 2: He invited me to take a test drive.

Unless he was using you as chattel and actually offering you up to someone as collateral or in exchange for being able to take a test drive himself, you are in no way accurately describing what happened.

Thank you for your time.

If only I were artistically skilled enough to draw a comic like the Alot so people would never forget!
Tags: work, wtf posts

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