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Grammatical explanation please

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Monty27 Fri 08-Jan-16 23:12:08

Please tell me in detail the error in this sentence:

I am going shops.

Monty27 Fri 08-Jan-16 23:14:12

Or even:

I am going to shops;

I am going the shops.

SwedishEdith Fri 08-Jan-16 23:14:36

It should be

I am going to the shops.

Shouldn't it? Is this a trick?

Monty27 Fri 08-Jan-16 23:21:20

Yes it should be that. Its not a trick. I really want to be able to tell people off when they speak like it (although I don't and wouldn't), but to appease my irritation I just want to understand why it irritates me so much.

Are those sentences missing prepositions for example? I don't understand why it irritates me so much. To me, it's not a proper sentence.

<and breathe>

sassytheFIRST Fri 08-Jan-16 23:28:58

First one is missing the preposition (to), indicating direction/relationship and the definite article (the), showing whether it is a general or specific place you are going to.

sassytheFIRST Fri 08-Jan-16 23:29:49

All are colloquialisms associated with regional dialects and all are lazy wink

IMustNotForgetMyPasswordAgain Fri 08-Jan-16 23:31:46

Baby needs fed.

See it all the time on here, makes me want to take a big red marker pen to the computer screen.

steppemum Fri 08-Jan-16 23:35:31

they are not proper sentences.

For example:

I going shops. There isn't enough information to be a complete sentence.
It could be:

I am going to the shops
I am going past the shops (on my way to...)
I am going near some shops, (do you need anything.)

When the 'the' is missing, it sounds wrong because English requires an arcticle, or some thing else.
I am going to a shop.
I am going to some shops
I am going to the shops.

ThenLaterWhenItGotDark Fri 15-Jan-16 14:22:21

Need + past participle instead of Needs + to be+ past participle is very common usage and no English language teacher would mark it as incorrect.

CatWithKittens Mon 18-Jan-16 13:27:18

If an English language teacher did not mark that as incorrect when written I would say that teacher ought to be looking for a new job. Dialectical or local variations are one thing; written English another so far as I am concerned.

BertrandRussell Mon 18-Jan-16 13:28:56

Wrong because it should be "I'm going the messages"


Monty27 Thu 21-Jan-16 00:55:12

Haha Bert. I'm from nornirn.

I cannot stand they way people take shortcuts in the spoken language. I love dialect though.

Dreckly from South West England is one of my favorites smile

Maryz Thu 21-Jan-16 01:00:13

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

Monty27 Thu 21-Jan-16 01:35:25

Oh I'm quite well spoken can articulate as my dcs can, educated in London and shoute at for using the dialect MaryZ.

Going bed now.


Maryz Fri 22-Jan-16 11:02:58

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

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