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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #30 on: October 16, 2010, 12:30 AM »
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Sometimes it's to do with the formatting and even though the person has used an apostrophe it's replaced by a comma.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #31 on: October 16, 2010, 12:32 AM »
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desperately, separately, necessary, visibly, reliably

lol I always struggle with these types of words Smile always want to spell visibly with a 'a' Smile
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #32 on: October 16, 2010, 12:38 AM »
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For the 'ly' ones you just think of the root word and add the suffix. So many people want to write ly ley but I don't get it cause you would never spell quietly 'quietley'. Definitely is easy if you go 'finite' like in maths and add 'de' at the start and 'ly' at the end. All the tricks of the trade!
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #33 on: October 16, 2010, 12:42 AM »
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For the 'ly' ones you just think of the root word and add the suffix. So many people want to write ly ley but I don't get it cause you would never spell quietly 'quietley'. Definitely is easy if you go 'finite' like in maths and add 'de' at the start and 'ly' at the end. All the tricks of the trade!

This is why you're the one who studied English Miss Small Smile And lets not even get started on phonetics and phonology Rolling Eyes I just couldn't get my head round that in first year Smile
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #34 on: October 16, 2010, 12:46 AM »
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This book is fab..

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51T2DR73EJL._SL500_AA300_.jpg

What bad examples get YOUR goat?
People mixing up ..
‘your’ and ‘you’re’
‘of’ and ‘off’
‘loser’ and ‘looser’
There are always idiots on eurosport calling Andy a ‘looser’.  
People spelling ‘embarrassing’ wrongly.

Is txt-spk ruining the language?
Yes, I’ve seen students submit exam papers in text speak.  I would say about 10% of the emails I get from students are in text language.  One Professor we have just deletes emails if they aren’t written properly.  He asked me once what ‘lol’ meant and he was not happy when I told him.  

How important do you think correctly written English is?
If writing a formal letter or a CV then it is essential.    

Do you automatically think people are 'thick' if they make basic language mistakes, even if they're, say, a doctor or lawyer?
It would depend on the person.  I would not be impressed if a lawyer or a doctor were making basic language errors.

I hate film titles like 'Pursuit of Happyness' and 'Two Weeks Notice'.  I also hate shop signs like 'Kwik Fit'.

British newspapers printing ‘soccer’ instead of ‘football’.  BTW ‘foot-ball-er’ is still a 3-syllable word isn’t it? So many of the pundits on Sky Sports seem to think it is just one.  It drives me insane.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #35 on: October 16, 2010, 12:50 AM »
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"I did good on that English quiz!"
"No." *looks at them harshly* "You did well."

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You interrupt the flow of a conversation to correct a mistake like that? That would piss me off lol
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #36 on: October 16, 2010, 12:52 AM »
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Seems like this discussion has been going on for a long time ...

Why poor grammar ain't so bad

http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/uk/1235401.stm
I'm glad that article reiterates my earlier point about dyslexia sufferers.  It also mentions another common difficulty - the "I" and "me" scenario.  The rule here is that if the word can be followed by a verb, then it should be "I", so it's technically incorrect to say "a gift was received by my husband and I" or "my wife and me went to the seaside".

And I'll spare you all a lecture on split infinitives. Very Happy

Sometimes it's to do with the formatting and even though the person has used an apostrophe it's replaced by a comma.
Thank you.

I really need to teach people in my school the proper way to use a semi-colon.

I always correct people when they say "good" instead of "well".

"I did good on that English quiz!"
"No." *looks at them harshly* "You did well."

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Ihought the use of semi-colons and colons had more or less died out.  You hardly ever see them in the UK.

Also I remember Neil Kinnock when he was Labour leader congratulating his country, Wales, on some sporting success on TV by saying "The boys done well".  How can youngsters be expected to get it right when they hear this sort of thing coming from people in high positions?

Oh, and would tennis players please stop repeating like parrots the phrase "I played great today" - it drives me wild!
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #37 on: October 16, 2010, 01:07 AM »
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Yeah, I seen the second set. What's wrong with that sentence? Think

What indeed? lol

Check out the last couple of pages of the Beijing QF thread here...

http://www.murraysworld.com/forum/andy-murray-message-board/qf-beijing-2010-murray-vs-ljubicic/

A* in GCSE English in 2001.

I'm only a C in O'Level dontknow

Righty-ho. Got a few more 'pet peeves' myself. Like Pacific instead of specific; brought instead of bought; expecially instead of especially.

You sure you don't live in New Zealand?  They get these words mixed up all the time doh  They need to speak proper English, like what I do. Whistle


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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #38 on: October 16, 2010, 02:32 AM »
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You interrupt the flow of a conversation to correct a mistake like that? That would piss me off lol

Yes. I'm sorry, it just grates on my nerves.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #39 on: October 16, 2010, 02:33 AM »
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By the way, Aileen, semi colons are still used today - just incorrectly. A lot of people put commas where semi colons go, which drives me insane when I'm proofreading an essay.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #40 on: October 16, 2010, 02:47 AM »
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By the way, Aileen, semi colons are still used today - just incorrectly. A lot of people put commas where semi colons go, which drives me insane when I'm proofreading an essay.
I still use them correctly as I was taught at school but, as I said, I rarely see them in the UK, at least not in newspapers or magazines.  To me writers these days tend to go in for fairly short sentences, thereby avoiding the need to use them.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #41 on: October 16, 2010, 03:50 AM »
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I think the standards of English as a written language has dropped, though I wouldn't attribute complete blame to text speak, although it has a part to play. I shorten words etc when I am texting to fit everything into the text, but it doesn't effect the way I write the rest of the time.

I would agree with this on all counts.  If I'm texting someone in the UK, I try and cram what I can in a single text, to cut down on costs.  If I'm texting a friend here on the same service (Vodafone have 2000 for $10) then I'll text for England (I don't have many friends to text lol )

Practise and practice usually catch me out doh  I'm constantly asked at work, 'how do you spell stationery again' and even though I mention that it's an 'e', like in pen, it doesn't seem to sink in.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #42 on: October 16, 2010, 07:58 AM »
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You interrupt the flow of a conversation to correct a mistake like that? That would piss me off lol

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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #43 on: October 16, 2010, 09:57 AM »
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Weary instead of wary ('Should I be weary of this offer?')
Been instead of being
Seen instead of seeing ('seen as you're going that way anyway...')
Loose instead of lose
Can I lend it off you?
Ect instead of etc (it comes from Latin et cetera - 'and the rest')
Excetera
Run-on sentences (using a comma where you should have ended the sentence)
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Lead instead of led
Advise instead of advice
Upto and infront and alot as one word
Just desserts (should be one s)
Yourself instead of you
Alternate where it should be alternative
Still stunned by people mixing up brought and bought
Floor instead of ground (unless it's one of those posh carpeted roads)
Going for a lay down
And the reason being is because
Very unique
'Ask a colleague' in Asda (how would one of my colleagues know where to find something on the shelves?)
Nucular
Ladies that lunch (inanimate ladies, presumably)
Chester draws
Compliment instead of complement
Fulsome apologies (look it up)
Incorrect use of however in the middle of a sentence

ect. ect.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #44 on: October 16, 2010, 10:04 AM »
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Dangling participles, too:

'Having eaten our lunch, the coach departed'.
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