Tuesday, July 17, 2012

More Poor Sentence Construction

You know the end of About a Boy (a movie we used to watch about once a month, but which we've recently cut down to just once a quarter) when Will goes to talk to Marcus's mother and ends up saying in front of a S.P.A.T. meeting, "Please don't try and commit suicide again"?

What the hell is that even supposed to mean?

This is another example of why you should say "try to" instead of "try and." By using a conjunction between two verbs, Will is saying there are two things she shouldn't do again: 1. she shouldn't try again, and 2. she shouldn't commit suicide again. Because, you know, one tragedy's hard enough to deal with. It wouldn't be fair to Marcus if his mum was offing herself every couple weeks.

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