Grammar Sermon Illustrations

Grammar Sermon Illustrations

Our little girl does not yet know that prepositions should never be used to end sentences with. Sick in bed for a day or two she greeted me last night with—"Daddy, what did you bring that old book I didn't want to be read to out of up for?"—Barron Huns, Better Homes and Gardens


Bobby was having much difficulty with his grammar. Finally one day he ran into the house to his mother, and throwing his books on the table said: "I got it straight now. Hens set and lay, but people sit and lie"—Hoard's Dairyman


A certain young man never knew just when to say whom and when to say who. "The question of choosing," he said "is confusing." I wonder if which wouldn't do.—Guide to Modern English


A sign on the desk of Representative Dave Campbell in the Arizona legislature reads:

"Don't ask me for information. If I knew anything, I wouldn't be here."—Daily News Wire Services


The passing lady mistakenly supposed that the woman shouting from a window down the street was calling to the little girl minding baby brother close by on the curb.

"Your mother is calling you," she said kindly.

The little girl corrected the lady:

"Her ain't a-callin' we. Us don't belong to she."


The teacher asked the little girl if she was going to the Maypole dance. "No, I ain't going," was the reply.

The teacher corrected the child:

"You must not say, 'I ain't going,' you must say, 'I am not going.'" And she added to impress the point: "I am not going. He is not going. We are not going. You are not going. They are not going. Now, dear, can you say all that?"

The little girl nodded and smiled brightly.

"Sure!" she replied. "They ain't nobody going."


The witness, in answer to the lawyer's question, said:

"Them hain't the boots what was stole."

The judge rebuked the witness sternly:

"Speak grammatic, young man—speak grammatic! You shouldn't ought to say, 'them boots what was stole,' you should ought to say, 'them boots as was stealed.'"

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