I have often wondered what English teachers do over here, as teaching spelling and grammar doesn't seem to be one of them. I think our language is evolving right back to the mid-1800s and beyond where people spelt things phonetically; words that are pronounced the same but different spellings, thus meanings, seem the worst offenders and the word "their" should soon be removed from the dictionary from lack of use in favour of "there"; "They're" is struggling to remain in existance too.
US kids I've noticed are struggling to tell the difference between add and ad. But the list continues regularly with hear/here, no/know, break/brake, too/to, your/you're. Only recently on Poe was "busses" ( no such word) instead of buses. See Motorway's thread.
It's one thing for a language to evolve---a word like teacher where the e used to be silent and a pronounced, then reversed to pronounce the e with the a silent, and being turned into complete shambles by using any old word, as long as it's pronounced the same.
And what is getting more common in speaking seems to be raising the pitch at the end of a sentence turning it into a question. Very noticable on Radio Berkshire with people on the phone on their programmes. So, why are sentences/statements regularly being turned into questions by this new manner of speaking, especially with women, and men now and again?
So, somthing like --We raised £500 for charity over the weekend gets pronounced to say---We raised £500 for charity over the weekend? Edited by: Paul Hilton at:15th October 2011 21:24