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  #2471824 27-Apr-2020 09:44
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It is never ignorant to ask a question. The use of single quotes is considered British, while Americans go for double ones. When you place a quote inside a quote, you use the opposite to distinguish them, so single quote inside double quote or vice-versa.

 

 





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  #2471826 27-Apr-2020 09:51
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Rikkitic:

 

It is never ignorant to ask a question. The use of single quotes is considered British, while Americans go for double ones. When you place a quote inside a quote, you use the opposite to distinguish them, so single quote inside double quote or vice-versa.

 


 

 

Okay. That makes sense for Runningman’s quote. But not for the headline on the One News website.





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  #2471831 27-Apr-2020 10:07
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Journalists in this country, except for the good ones, seem to have issues with spelling and grammar.

 

 





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  #2473490 29-Apr-2020 15:56
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From The Business Insider, via MSN News:  "Katie Miller, Pence's spokeswoman, told The Times. "Vice President Pence is negative for COVID-19 and is therefore not asymptomatic."





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  #2473492 29-Apr-2020 16:01
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Rikkitic:

 

Journalists in this country, except for the good ones, seem to have issues with spelling and grammar.

 

 

I'm not exactly aware of how they make their sausages but isn't that what sub editors are for?

 

Oh, they got rid of them? Hmmmmm.

 

 


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  #2476687 5-May-2020 06:39
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https://www.rnz.co.nz/news/national/415814/rain-welcome-but-no-relief-to-dry-conditions

 

Aucklanders are being warned a weekend of extremely wet weather hasn't brought the city any closer to seeing the end of what is a severe drought. Parts of the city got more than half a metre over the weekend but the downpours have barely made a dent in the water storage lake levels.

 

Really Radio NZ? Would think there would be reports of flooding with that much rainfall in a day.


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  #2476868 5-May-2020 12:27
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I see they've now edited it to

got more than half a centimetre
and still got it wrong (well, I guess it is over half a centimetre, but it should be over five centimetres). Stuff seemed to have it right at 59mm.

 

EDIT: From 10 times too much to 1/10th.


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  #2477034 5-May-2020 14:44
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I think this is poor form of Stuff.... to make it their top story!

 

 

 

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#2477103 5-May-2020 16:19
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RunningMan:

 

I see they've now edited it to

got more than half a centimetre
and still got it wrong (well, I guess it is over half a centimetre, but it should be over five centimetres). Stuff seemed to have it right at 59mm.

 

EDIT: From 10 times too much to 1/10th.

 

 

They might be reading this thread and soon you'll see it changed to "lots of rain"


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  #2477167 5-May-2020 16:55
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Covid 19 coronavirus: Uber Eats driver bursts family bubble day before they meet 90-year-old grandma

 

I don't really get the person's complaint to be honest, if they were THAT serious about keeping a bubble they wouldn't order meals from uber eats? Wouldn't you do what was only necessary and essential and keep a good stock of food in the house, a minimum of 2 weeks prior? I was expecting to read the delivery driver sneezed in their food and spat in their face


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  #2477171 5-May-2020 17:13
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snnet:

 

They might be reading this thread and soon you'll see it changed to "lots of rain"

 

 

Well, perhaps wouldn't go so far as to say they read this, but you're right, they've changed it again

 

Parts of the Auckland region got drenched over the weekend

 

If you can't get it right, leave it out altogether!


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  #2477173 5-May-2020 17:18
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RunningMan:

 

Well, perhaps wouldn't go so far as to say they read this, but you're right, they've changed it again

 

Parts of the Auckland region got drenched over the weekend

 

If you can't get it right, leave it out altogether!

 

 

Haha, conspiracy


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  #2478611 7-May-2020 14:08
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Not a headline, but still a headachingly tortured piece of grammar:

 

 

The Vodafone fibre-optic cable was separately cut earlier on Thursday morning in Napier in an incident that was still under investigation earlier, she said.

 

 

"Separately" here indicates, somewhat superfluously, that it wasn't done by a roading contractor in Matamata.

 

I'm assuming that "Thursday morning" means "this morning", and not Thursday last week.

 

 


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  #2479593 9-May-2020 07:14
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NZHerald: Covid 19 Coronavirus: Hamilton Council Takes Private Land for Peacockes Subdivision Project Without Paying.

 

The only link in this story to the coronavirus is that the land owners are doctors who work for the Waikato DHB and have been part of organising the pandemic response.





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  #2479641 9-May-2020 09:47
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Not a headline, but still a headachingly tortured piece of grammar:

 

 

The Vodafone fibre-optic cable was separately cut earlier on Thursday morning in Napier in an incident that was still under investigation earlier, she said.

 

 

"Separately" here indicates, somewhat superfluously, that it wasn't done by a roading contractor in Matamata.

 

I'm assuming that "Thursday morning" means "this morning", and not Thursday last week.

 

 

 

 

I've seen the same thing several times when normally you'd expect to something like "this morning" or "this afternoon" and though it odd. I came to be conclusion this new way of expressing when an event occurred is a way to keep the article "current" at a later date when "this morning" is no longer relevant.





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