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Topic # 14477 5-Jul-2007 13:00
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I wish people in forums could use basic English grammar. How many people know that the past tense of the verb 'to buy' is 'bought'. NOT 'brought', which is the past tense of the verb 'to bring'. AAAHHH!!!

Some examples:

"I would like to buy a new PC."
"Yesterday I bought a new PC."

"Should I bring my girlfriend to be a sober driver at your wedding?"
"I brought my girlfriend to be a sober driver, but she got stuck into the champagne and is now so drunk she can't stand up!"

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  Reply # 77021 5-Jul-2007 13:24
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Amen! Glad someone is seeing the same as me.




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Reply # 77027 5-Jul-2007 13:47
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me Fail english?! --, thats un_p0ssible!+!

Id be happy if people just attempted good grammar and spelling. It's when they come along and say things like:

n00b: hay u geekz canu hlp me coz i gotta problemz they need fixin an i dunno wat 2 do

... that makes me really annoyed.







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  Reply # 77033 5-Jul-2007 14:29

And what about words, like "thru"? It supposed to be "through", right? Although everybody uses as "thru". Even in the telly.




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  Reply # 77034 5-Jul-2007 14:31
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tonyhughes: me Fail english?! --, thats un_p0ssible!+!

Id be happy if people just attempted good grammar and spelling. It's when they come along and say things like:

n00b: hay u geekz canu hlp me coz i gotta problemz they need fixin an i dunno wat 2 do

... that makes me really annoyed.


Yeah, I agree 100%.  Bad spelling is tolerable, but txtspeak is just plain annoying.

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  Reply # 77036 5-Jul-2007 14:37
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Ooh, grammar. Now there's something that will make me gnash my teeth!

I saw a van on the motorway in front of me a few days ago, with something like "Sushi... Eat Healthy" on it. I'm not sure what Healthy tastes like, can anyone enlighten me?*

And c'mon, how hard can apostrophies be?!?

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Jon

* "Healthy" an adjective for crying out loud, not an adverb! They should either say "Eat Healthily" or "Eat Healthy Food".

PS "gnash" above should be pronounced g-nash, as in Gnu. Flanders and Swann if I recall... (Sorry if this is a little obscure for some people but F&S are still funny after 50 years!)




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Reply # 77040 5-Jul-2007 14:44
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Thru is ok, because it's an American thing, but it's in the dictionary.

What I really have problems with are the following things people keep posting:


  • (they are = they're) != there != their
  • (you are = you're) != your
  • (it is = it's) != its
  • (who is = who's) != whose
  • 's != plural

    And here are some links:

  • It's "its".
  • Apostrophe Protection Society.
  • Bob's quick guide to the apostrophe.
  • What's the difference between there and their?.







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      Reply # 78656 18-Jul-2007 16:17
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    What gets to me is; Bought instead of Brought...and vice versa.

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      Reply # 78660 18-Jul-2007 16:23
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    Jonski: And c'mon, how hard can apostrophies be?!?

    Or spelling apostrophes? Tongue out




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      Reply # 78720 18-Jul-2007 20:09
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    lugh:
    Jonski: And c'mon, how hard can apostrophies be?!?

    Or spelling apostrophes? Tongue out


    Touché... or did I do that on purpose...?

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      Reply # 78728 18-Jul-2007 20:55
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    So on my profile page should that be "Your friends' RSS feed" - or "Your friend's RSS feed"? (my imaginary friend?)




     

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      Reply # 78729 18-Jul-2007 20:59
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    TinyTim: So on my profile page should that be "Your friends' RSS feed" - or "Your friend's RSS feed"? (my imaginary friend?)


    In your case... you have no friends [wave hand over /]




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    chiefie:
    TinyTim: So on my profile page should that be "Your friends' RSS feed" - or "Your friend's RSS feed"? (my imaginary friend?)




    In your case... you have no friends [wave hand over /]


    No, my real friend now!




     

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    chiefie:
    TinyTim: So on my profile page should that be "Your friends' RSS feed" - or "Your friend's RSS feed"? (my imaginary friend?)




    In your case... you have no friends [wave hand over /]


    No, my real friend now!




     

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    Reply # 78733 18-Jul-2007 21:10
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    And you have to post twice to make sure your 2 friends can see them? :-D




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      Reply # 78735 18-Jul-2007 21:22
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    That's right, one for each friend. (My left-click finger had a spasm as I clicked 'post' and I got it twice.)




     

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