Kesalahan Kecil Pada Bahasa

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Posted 01 Aug 2007 in Bahasa, Bookmark, Curhat

Bagi yang suka nulis artikel atau kirim email dalam bahasa Inggris seperti aku, pasti pernah menemui kendala kebingungan memilih dua atau lebih kata yang paling cocok untuk digunakan. Mungkin sama-sama benar, tapi mungkin juga cuma satu yang benar.

Hmm, paling tidak situasi seperti itu berlaku untuk orang yang inggrisnya pas-pasan, kayak si ini *tunjuk diri sendiri*

Ok lah, kalau kondisinya sedang bingung, mungkin bisa diatasi dengan mencari bantuan di kamus atau di Google, atau Buzz! ke salah seorang ahli bahasa yang sedang online YM-nya. Tanyakan kata mana yang paling tepat untuk digunakan, beserta contoh kalimat. (sayang ahli bahasaku sudah resign dan ikut suaminya ke Sumatra).

Bagi pengguna Mac, bisa menginstall widget Dictionary untuk mendukung pemilihan kata.

Itu kalau sadar bahwa sedang bingung memilih. Tapi kalau situasinya sedang PD dan merasa tidak ada yang salah, namun ternyata ada yang salah, ini yang bahaya, karena tidak menyadari kesalahan penggunaan kata. Atau malah tidak tau kalau itu adalah salah.

Kalau kesalahan itu satu atau dua kali terjadi, mungkin si pembaca akan memaklumi, kesalahan adalah sifat alami manusia.

Tapi kalau kesalahan itu selalu berulang, maka akan menimbulkan tanggapan yang berbeda dari pembaca. Entah itu mereka menilai kita tidak teliti, atau malah menilai ketidakmampuan menulis kita. Terlebih lagi kalau yang membaca email itu adalah bos, atau rekan profesional kita.

Berikut ini adalah artikel yang membahas mengenai kesalahan yang sering terjadi dalam penulisan inggris, bahkan itu dilakukan oleh orang bule sana:

http://articles.techrepublic.com.com/5100-10881-6075621.html

10 kesalahan itu adalah:

#1: Loose for lose

No: I always loose the product key.
Yes: I always lose the product key.

#2: It’s for its (or god forbid, its’)

No: Download the HTA, along with it’s readme file.
Yes:
Download the HTA, along with its readme file.
No:
The laptop is overheating and its making that funny noise again.
Yes:
The laptop is overheating and it’s making that funny noise again.

#3: They’re for their for there

No: The managers are in they’re weekly planning meeting.
Yes:
The managers are in their weekly planning meeting.
No:
The techs have to check there cell phones at the door, and their not happy about it.
Yes:
The techs have to check their cell phones at the door, and they’re not happy about it.

#4: i.e. for e.g.

No: Use an anti-spyware program (i.e., Ad-Aware).
Yes:
Use an anti-spyware program (e.g., Ad-Aware).

Note: The term i.e. means “that is”; e.g. means “for example.” And a comma follows both of them.

#5: Effect for affect

No: The outage shouldn’t effect any users during work hours.
Yes:
The outage shouldn’t affect any users during work hours.
Yes:
The outage shouldn’t have any effect on users.
Yes:
We will effect several changes during the downtime.

Note: Impact is not a verb. Purists, at least, beg you to use affect instead:

No: The outage shouldn’t impact any users during work hours.
Yes:
The outage shouldn’t affect any users during work hours.
Yes:
The outage should have no impact on users during work hours.

#6: You’re for your

No: Remember to defrag you’re machine on a regular basis.
Yes:
Remember to defrag your machine on a regular basis.
No:
Your right about the changes.
Yes:
You’re right about the changes.

#7: Different than for different from

No: This setup is different than the one at the main office.
Yes:
This setup is different from the one at the main office.
Yes:
This setup is better than the one at the main office.

#8 Lay for lie

No: I got dizzy and had to lay down.
Yes: I got dizzy and had to lie down.
Yes:
Just lay those books over there.

#9: Then for than

No: The accounting department had more problems then we did.
Yes: The accounting department had more problems than we did.

Note: Here’s a sub-peeve. When a sentence construction begins with If, you don’t need a then. Then is implicit, so it’s superfluous and wordy:

No: If you can’t get Windows to boot, then you’ll need to call Ted.
Yes:
If you can’t get Windows to boot, you’ll need to call Ted.

#10: Could of, would of for could have, would have

No: I could of installed that app by mistake.
Yes:
I could have installed that app by mistake.
No:
I would of sent you a meeting notice, but you were out of town.
Yes:
I would have sent you a meeting notice, but you were out of town.


4 Comments

  1. wah. bagus neeh. KupiPes aahhh

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  2. Jan ketoe NEMBAK tepat sasaran iki :D

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  3. Thanks for the posting, it is indeed correcting mistakes overlooked :D – how’s life treating you, bro? :D

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  4. Matur nuwun sanget mas. :D

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