My Royal Court

10 February 2012

Stop the Madness

In the blog world, there is a phenomenon known as frackin' Friday.  We bloggers are able to rant about what we wish.  So here's mine.

The phrase when and if is used quite frequently in our everyday world.  Yet it is incorrect to put them together with 'and.'  Why, you ask?  When can be various parts of speech, but either way the word denotes a time frame.  Something will happen eventually.   If can be a conjunction or a noun, but the word requires a condition for something to happen, and that something may never happen.

So one can see that created as a compound phrase, these words cannot co-exist.  That is not to say that it cannot be written in some fashion, but better sentence construction is in order.

18 comments:

  1. HuhI don't think I've used that but If or when I've used.

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    1. If or when is okay the majority of the time!

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  2. Yikes, I hope I didn't use those in my post. :)

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    1. If you did (or do in the future), the grammar police will find you!

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  3. Nice rant! When and If...I kid kid...lol

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  4. Not quite in the same category as your pet peeve, but it absolutely drives me up the wall when anyone says "in any, way, shape, or form." Pick one, dadgum it!

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  5. Jax - Glad you approve.

    SFS - Yes, I abhor that one as well.

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  6. Hmmm...I've never heard of this 'frakin' Friday' thing...and whenever I hear the word 'frak' in any context I automatically think of "Battlestar Galactica".

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  7. Is it bad that it took me three reads to understand what you were saying? I'm going to blame it on it being Friday night and I have nothing better to do then to read blogs ;o)

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  8. Cat and Coffee - I didn't either. Dazee Dreamer (see above) is hosting it. Check it out.

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  9. Yes I have always when or if not when and if so I agree with you here.........

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  10. i could be guilty of that crime hah :x

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  11. I don't think I've heard that or used it. Or perhaps I've overlooked because I have so many grammatical concerns.

    Love,
    Janie

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  12. thanks for that :)
    i'm sure im guilty of it at one point or another.

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  13. You just tempted me to read the post I just wrote over again to make sure I made no such mistakes. But then I remembered that my dog Samson was the one who wrote the post and since he's just a dog.......
    Thanks for visiting and following my blog. I am glad I found yours.

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  14. Profound and very correct. Though I had not given it much thought before, I am sure that henceforth it will jump out at me like a beacon in the night when I hear it in the future. Hopefully, I will not catch myself saying it. ;-) Btw, thank you for stopping by my blog. As a new blogger, I was beginning to question my purpose. Seeing you there not only made my day, it inspired me to write even more.

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