Grammer Fail: The Missing D

English is an odd beast at times. For one thing, the spoken language doesn’t always mesh with what’s written down. As my one-man crusade is to beat as much use out of grammar rules as I can before they die, I wanted to point out a trend that I’ve noticed for years.

In spoken English, consonants from one word sometimes get eaten up by similar sounding consonants in the next word. Chief among these is the d at the end of certain words.

For example, when we speak, we usually say (phonetically), “I use (uce) to go to the store every day” or “I was suppose (suppoce) to read this book.” But grammatically, the correct form is “used to” and “supposed to” because these are past tense verbs. The d falls off in speech because it butts up against the t.

When you speak, say it however you feel comfortable. Just remember that it isn’t written exactly like it sounds.

Don’t you love English grammar?


2 thoughts on “Grammer Fail: The Missing D

  1. I witnessed this mistake multiple times by educated people who should have known better–people with a Ph.D. Drives me crazy! Maybe I should forward this post to them. Thanks! 🙂

  2. I have noticed too. Of course, you know that I notice when pianists don’t play the music as the score is written 🙂

    So, I can relate (but on a more musical level)

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