Hello, and welcome to Mistake Monday! Actually, I guess at this late hour, I'll have to call it "Mistake Monday Tuesday"! It's been a busy day and my schedule just changed, so please pardon the delay. In fact, I may have to start posting these common errors on Tuesdays, but we'll see. For now, let's look at a quick error. It's pretty small, but it's one I hear surprisingly frequently:
|Common Error: Confusing "grow" and "grow up" |
|DON’T say this:|
|WHY?||-Generally, the verb "grow" means to become larger, bigger, or to get more experience. |
-We can also use the verb grow when talking about agriculture; if you plant a seed, then you want it to grow.
-On the other hand, "grow up" means to become older (to age).
-Both verbs are irregular; the pattern is grow-grew-grown.
|INSTEAD, SAY THIS:||-"Those palm trees really grow quickly, don't they?" |
-"'When I grow up I'm going to be a firefighter,' said Jenny."
-"I hope to grow in my new job."
-"My grandmother always grew tomatoes in her garden."
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