Second Graders Correct Grammar Mistakes in NFL Players’ Tweets

You speak it. You read it. But can you write it?

For some, the English language can be a little tricky. Twitter is proof of that. In fact, a group of second graders in New York took to Twitter for a grammar lesson. They discovered some NFL players may have been on the practice field during their English class.

The students, working in groups, found several spelling, punctuation and grammar mistakes. They made the corrections on giant paper and posted pictures of the graded work on the school’s Facebook page.

One tweet from Chris Culliver, which has since been deleted, read, “I pray to God I’m never dieing broke.”

For those of you who are still looking at that sentence and wondering what’s wrong with it, “dieing” is spelled “dying.”

A tweet from Wes Welker read: “Merry Christmas to everyone. My God bless you all!”

I bet some of you read right through that without catching the mistake. The brain has a tendency to fill in gaps sometimes. What Welker meant to write was “May God bless you all!” — not “my.”

While Twitter is an informal platform, many English nerds cringe when atrocities to their beloved language are committed. For instance, Titus D. Young Sr. of the Detroit Lions butchered the English language when he wrote: “It’s true I could be alot better, But wit the football”

Such a short phrase. So many mistakes. The students dissected Young’s tweet and corrected it. For instance, “a lot” is two words. (Did you know that? It’s a common mistake!) Conjunction words like “and,” “but” and “or” are not capitalized in the middle of a sentence. And while “wit” might be slang for “with” it’s like nails down a chalkboard for some. Young also left off a period, which the students added.

What are some of your pet peeves when it comes to the English language? Leave us a comment in the section below.


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