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Lead-off February Phraseology Fix: A lesson from Punxsutawney Phil

Today, let’s think about the verb “lead.”

Consider the following sentence:

“The groundhog’s prediction lead to a long winter.”

Can this sentence possibly be grammatically correct?

If it’s in the present tense: no. The verb needs to be conjugated, and since “prediction” is the subject, the verb needs to be conjugated in the third-person singular form: “leads.” “The groundhog’s prediction leads to a long winter.”

If it’s in the past tense: no. That’s right—NO. Let us remember that the past tense of the verb “lead” is “led.” As a result, if you want to express the idea that in the past, the groundhog’s prediction precipitated an extended cold season, it’s essential that you conjugate the verb and place it in the past tense “led.”

Plain and simple. Easy to remember!

The past tense of “lead” is “led.”

Phil thanks you for your precision in conjugation. And now, he’s going back to sleep.
Punxsutawney Phil

February Phraseology Fix

Let’s face it: we all can be lazy, at times. We might toss our coat on the back of a chair instead of hanging it in the closet, leave the dishes in the sink overnight, or know it’s time to do laundry only when there are no more clean socks. Regrettably, sometimes even the best of us are lazy with our language.

February, between New Year’s resolutions and spring cleaning, is a fantastic time to fix our phraseology! This month, I’ll call your attention to various mistakes and ambiguities I see and hear often in speech and writing and explain how to fix them. This way, by the time we get to the spring, we’ll all use language so clean that it sparkles!

Let’s get started on our February Phraseology Fix! #FebruaryPhraseologyFix #FPF #GracefulGrammarian

Get your head in the game!

I’m so honored that The Graceful Grammarian’s blog was mentioned in Coach Mike Tully’s blog, Total Game Plan, today! Total Game Plan is geared toward athletes and toward all running the race of life. Much of his advice and inspiration is related to self-efficacy, and we all can certainly use the type of positivity he shares!

Check it out—I think you’ll like it!

Total Game Plan