Cover Photo: Common Usage Problems by Anne P. Beatty

Common Usage Problems

A high school English teacher considers the systems that control much more than grammar.

noun

dintfint Dintfint

fint

fixing

whowhom

ain’t

The Scarlet LetterThe Catcher in the Rye

what-do-you-think

been

Yes

I don’t know nothing

Don’tnothing

meansyour

It’s not fun but it’s good for you. You’ll thank me later.

You’re never going to get into law school at this rate.

baksheesh

one million dollars

purchased

Anne P. Beatty is a writer and high school English teacher who lives in Greensboro, North Carolina. Her nonfiction has appeared in The American Scholar, North American Review, Vela, and elsewhere.