No pets, and no “are”

No Pets (photo by Jenny Young)

X In the grass Pets not allowed

Tim says:

Pets do not go IN the grass, they go ON the grass. Much smaller creatures, like snakes or insects, would be found IN the grass.

The structure of the sentence is also a bit strange, and “Pets” shouldn’t be capitalized in the middle of a sentence. Of course “Pets are not allowed” would be more correct, but on a sign that gives instructions, we often skip simple words such as “is”, “are”, and “the”.

O Pets not allowed on grass


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No. 166 FRIEND

Is his name Joe? Yes, it is! 今週は、このよくある英語の間違いを説明します:
  • 「Is his name Joe?」のちゃんとした返事
  • 「boyfriend」じゃないけど、「boy」だし、「friend」だし…英語でなんというの?
  • Machigai Mail: 「a friend of yours」って、ちゃんとした英語?
  • “A or U” answer (click here)
Co-host: Haruka Murakami 2009年11月10日の再放送です。

How much is this grammar correction worth?

Do you know how much is your home worth? (photo by Tim Young)

X Do you know how much is your home worth?

Tim says:

“How much is your home worth?” is a correct question by itself. But in this case, the question is “Do you know…?” so the rest of it should not be phrased as a question.

O Do you know how much your home is worth?

You could answer: “Yes, I know how much my home is worth. The value is…”

Ayumi says:



普通の疑問文だと、How much is your home worth? ですが、これをDo you know ~ からつなげると、間接疑問文になります。そして動詞と主語がひっくり返って平叙文のような順番に。

Do you know how much your home is worth?

よく会話で、I know what you mean… 「そうそう、気持ちわかるわ~」なんて言いますがこれも同じです。

疑問文だと、What do you mean?ですが、I know ~ からつなげると、その後が平叙文のようになって、I know what you mean. となります。


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