The Grammar Detective

During last week’s Pilates session, my trainer had a phone call from his son: their Netflix account wasn’t working. My trainer explained that the credit card had expired, and he hadn’t gotten around to updating it.

So when I got an email from Netflix about an expired credit card, I started to click the link to update it. But something didn’t look right, and I reread the email more closely. Two sentences were joined with a comma and therefore. Another sentence had a comma splice. Another sentence used the British spelling of center.

We could not authorize your payment for the next billing cycle of your subscription, therefore, we’ve suspended your membership.

Obviously we’d love to have you back, simply click restart your membership to update your details and continue to enjoy all the best TV shows & movies without interruption.

Visit the Help Centre or contact us now.

I immediately went to the official Netflix website and clicked the Account link. Everything was in order.

When I was in school, nobody told me that my usage skills would protect me from computer hoaxes. (One reason is that there were no computers back in the 60s.) I want to send a big thank you to every English teacher I’ve had over the years!


4 thoughts on “The Grammar Detective

  1. Jane McGinnis

    Dear Jean,
    Thank you for keeping my English skills up to date. May 2020 bring lots of new lessons for us to ponder. Your quizzes are always fun and informative.

  2. Joy V. Smith

    I got a similar email from “Netflix” recently, but since I don’t have a Netflix account, there was a red flag up front. (I am grateful that many of these scams are written by people who haven’t mastered their English skills. ‘Course I’m amazed at how many people I know on Facebook, including my relatives, don’t even know how to spell.)

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