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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #45 on: October 16, 2010, 10:05 AM »
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Subject-verb agreement:

'Even the ground water in some big cities are in danger.'
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #46 on: October 16, 2010, 10:07 AM »
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I always have to think carefully about my spelling, though much easier now than it was when I was school. However, I can get quite picky about grammar, both the spoken and written word yes

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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #47 on: October 16, 2010, 10:10 AM »
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This is creeping in, too:

Then instead of than, as in:

'My brother is bigger then yours' (or your's, probably)
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #48 on: October 16, 2010, 10:11 AM »
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'A liquidised company owes me money'

A soup company, presumably?
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #49 on: October 16, 2010, 11:39 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.


lol  I'm off for a lay down now.  Night wave
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #50 on: October 16, 2010, 03:06 PM »
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Just taken my son to a party at a children's play area. Got asked twice by staff serving my dinner: "Where are you sat?"

I'm starting a campaign.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #51 on: October 16, 2010, 05:14 PM »
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Just taken my son to a party at a children's play area. Got asked twice by staff serving my dinner: "Where are you sat?"

I'm starting a campaign.

As in vocal campaign about needing to raise the standard of English being spoken and written, or a military campaign and mow down all who dare to misuse the English language Think
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #52 on: October 16, 2010, 07:03 PM »
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The affect of bad grammar really effects me.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #53 on: October 16, 2010, 07:04 PM »
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 Smile ^
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #54 on: October 16, 2010, 07:24 PM »
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Dangling participles, too:

'Having eaten our lunch, the coach departed'.
"Walking along the beach, the sun rose majestically into the sky".

DPs like that can be very amusing, but they really are the result of laziness in constructing sentences correctly.

However, I have a well-educated Yorkshire friend who considers "going for a lay down" as being perfectly acceptable.  There's no doubt that regional dialects are part and parcel of the English language and should possibly not be clamped down on too heavily.

And thank you, thank you, thank you for drawing attention to the word "fulsome"!  It's a classic example of how words can come to be used, quite often in this case, in the wrong context because somehow its true meaning has got lost.

Another gripe of mine is when asked in questionnaires things like - "Did you find this satisfactory, very satisfactory, or extremely satisfactory?"

Also I recall some years ago a well-known supermarket chain offering its customers "permanently low prices for ever".
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #55 on: October 16, 2010, 07:33 PM »
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I have a huge problem with people who say "an historic".

I hate that it has become accepted as correct usage.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #56 on: October 16, 2010, 07:44 PM »
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The affect of bad grammar really effects me.
Effect vs affect is one that I still struggle with... I always have to think about it for a while before using it in a sentence.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #57 on: October 16, 2010, 07:55 PM »
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Any thing thats over 100%.....He,s given 110% pullhair
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #58 on: October 16, 2010, 10:32 PM »
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Putting in unnecessary Rs - as in "I sawr her" or "They went orf by train"; omitting Hs at the beginning of words that start with them; and the horrible glottal stop where the letter T in the middle of a word is omitted.  All these really annoy me.
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Re: Grammar & spelling howlers « Reply #59 on: October 16, 2010, 10:53 PM »
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And I'll spare you all a lecture on split infinitives.

Nowt wrong with split infinitives. They're technically incorrect only in Latin. In English, they're the most logical and harmonious way of constructing the sentence.

Also, starting a sentence with 'And' is perfectly acceptable, and accepted by grammarians through the centuries. It's actually come into its own in recent years, too, cos, with the move towards shorter sentences, you need conjunctions like 'and' and 'but' to retain a natural flow.
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