Your or you’re?

San Antonio Express-News - - FROM THE COVER -

I may be an ol’ stick-in-the­mud when it comes to English gram­mar, but I was priv­i­leged to have re­ceived a su­pe­rior ed­u­ca­tion in that sub­ject. It has be­come in­creas­ingly dis­tress­ing to hear of­fi­cial San An­to­nio agen­cies, com­pa­nies and or­ga­ni­za­tions — even our news me­dia — con­tin­u­ally dis­re­gard the rules of gram­mar in fa­vor of er­ro­neous gram­mar us­age.

For ex­am­ple, when I call VIA, I hear the out­go­ing mes­sage, “Be pre­pared to tell us where you’re

at.” I cringe ev­ery time at the im­proper use of a dan­gling prepo­si­tion. Say­ing, “Tell us where you are,” would suf­fice. No one seems to be able to cor­rectly spell and dif­fer­en­ti­ate be­tween your (sec­ond per­son pos­ses­sive) and you’re (a con­trac­tion of you are). I could go on and on.

Sadly, the Texas ed­u­ca­tion sys­tem still ranks near the bot­tom na­tion­ally, but can’t the sev­enth largest city in the U.S. show some ed­u­cated lead­er­ship in cor­rect gram­mar us­age? to es­ti­mate cost ver­sus ef­fec­tive­ness. I would ask that the ex­per­i­ment be per­formed by an in­de­pen­dent out­stand­ing re­search univer­sity such as Cam­bridge Univer­sity in Lon­don, or sim­i­lar au­ton­o­mous cen­ter of ex­cel­lence that is un­touched by our po­lit­i­cal wran­gling. Re­sults shall be openly pub­lished in a peer-re­viewed sci­ence jour­nal. the Rap­tors game, I would have been boo­ing loudly for Leonard. His fight was with the team, not the play­ers. Fail­ing to show up for the play­offs and cheer on his team­mates was un­for­giv­able. Hence, he de­served to be booed loudly.

Kin Man Hui / Staff pho­tog­ra­pher

MacArthur High School se­nior Vanessa Piñeda (right) works on read­ing and gram­mar with Anisha How­lan­der dur­ing MacTeach. This is where stu­dents help tu­tor stu­dents from area el­e­men­tary schools — in­clud­ing some in­ter­na­tional refugees.

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