I’ve been doing the Craigslist thing lately. I’ve got to get rid of everything because there is just too much to clean around here and housework gives me a rash. However, in browsing through other Craigslist ads in an attempt to make sure I price what I’m selling for less than what other people are selling the same thing for so I can make the sale first and get rich quicker, I have noticed that there are certain things that an overwhelming number of craigslisters get wrong when writing their ads. And since I feel I’m a pretty decent at Craigslist, I’m going to do a series on how to be a better craigslister. This will be a comprehensive study. You may want to take notes.

The first Craigslist lesson I’m going to give has to do with the interchanging of nouns and verbs in ad posts. This is unacceptable.
It has come to my attention that very few people who post their used goodies for sale on Craigslist know the difference between the words sell and sale. I am baffled at how many people apparently missed this lesson in the third grade. While I am no grammar expert myself, and sometimes here on this blog I purposefully write less-than-perfect, there is something about messing up these two words that grates on my last two brain cells. So, for those of you who are consistently getting this wrong, here is a short lesson on how to properly use the words sell and sale in sentences so you can appear more smart-like.

First, sell is a verb. Sale is a noun. Despite popular belief, verbs and nouns are not interchangeable. Write that down. You cannot sale your toenail clippings and you cannot put your husband up for sell. It is just wrong to use nouns and verbs so lackadaisically. Stop doing it.

Sell should be used like this, I want to sell this coffee spill that looks like Tim Daly.

Sale should go more like this: Up for sale is this used toothbrush.

If you’re still confused, yet at the same time feel an overwelming need to write up a Craigslist ad, please don’t hesitate to contact me for more clarification first. I’m here to help.

There are more lessons to come, people. Stay tuned and you’ll become a most excellent craigslister yourself.

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