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Hi Josh,

I'm with you! Although according to other commentators, those constructions are not grammatically incorrect, I have a problem with them, too. I think of the noun "construction" as the completed object. Therefore, we shouldn't say a T-shirt has a good construction; the T-shirt itself IS the good, completed construction. When I comment on a student's sentence structure, I write, "good sentence structure here!" I don't say "This sentence has a good construction." A completed house, T-shirt, or sentence is a completed thing, a complete construction, no longer a thing in progress. Therefore, we should refer to it as such, without the indefinite article or phrased better than the strange ways you listed as annoying (because they are!)

Jill April 3, 2010, 9:57am

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My pet peeve about "went missing" is that it seems to imply the person missing had some preference about the circumstances, as though he/she chose to "go missing," just like if "I went fishing" or "Sam went shopping." (The implication is that I or Sam first decided that we would go fishing or shopping, and then we did it.) Except for rare cases, no one wants to "go missing." Why can't reporters simply stick with the present state of being: "At this time, Smith Smith is missing."?

Jill April 3, 2010, 9:41am

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"and yet" is redundant, grammatically. Each word is a coordinating conjunction, meant to coordinate. Therefore, both are battling to do the one job in the sentence. Only one should be used. The use of these words together as idiomatic in speech is fine, but in writing where we can be impeccably clear, the writer should decide: does he/she wish to emphasize addition (and) or contrast (yet). Then he/she can be most clear about the meaning conveyed in the sentence.

Jill April 3, 2010, 9:30am

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