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post #1 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-07, 08:48 PM Thread Starter
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Pet Peeve - English grammar.

OK, I see it in forum threads all over, including this one.

1. Then - than. These two words are NOT interchangeable.
For example: This TV is bigger than that one. If this TV is cheaper, then I would buy this one.

2. Two - too - to. These words are also tossed all over like a drunk on a sinking Italian cruise ship. (too soon?)
For example: I would go to the store, but I am too tired. Also, I only have two dollars.

Please be careful with the primary language of this forum. It prevents confusion when reading the posts. Do not count on spell checkers, they only correct the spelling of the single word, not how it is being used to make a sentence.

If, once you've posted, you see that you've made a mistake, you can go back and edit the post. I know that we live in a world of instant messaging, where acronyms are used in place of full words. But in forums, you can take the time to write in your posts.

Please feel free to use punctuation or else sentences would tend to run on forever causing even more confusion and losing the opportunity to convey an important message and making the reader lose a key point that you are trying to make. (Yes, this last paragraph is missing punctuations, on purpose.)
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post #2 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-07, 09:49 PM
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Don't youse get me started.

I'm usually pretty anal about that kind of thing but find that I often miss some because the spell checker isn't a very good grammar/homonym checker.

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post #3 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-07, 09:58 PM
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Make sure you read this post first to avoid further (not farther) duplication.

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post #4 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-07, 10:17 PM
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Guy's don't forget that English is not the only thing on earth, I know I have bad grammar but I ussaly get my self understood.

I'm french I'm not saying I write good in french because I don't, but lots here are french or other so maybe why are Grammar is not the best.

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alls i want is my too front teeth.

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post #6 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-07, 10:32 PM
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Bad grammar, poor spelling, run on sentences and the lack of use of paragraphs make posts hard to read. In fact the web is so full of poor spelling I am starting to find myself doing a double-take on words that are spelled right.
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post #8 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-07, 11:10 PM
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quote: the lack of use of paragraphs . Hugh once chewed me out in his way for posting a long, long message. He suggested (rightly) that I should break the message down into more readable paragraphs.

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post #9 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-08, 09:07 AM
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This also bugs me to no end. There are too many bad posts with run on sentences and bad grammar. There are some posts so bad that I have to read them 2 or 3 times, and sometimes I just give up trying to understand them.

I tend to make my own mistakes in this regards. But I do spend time on my posts to make sure there are no spelling mistakes and minimal grammar errors. Got to love spell check in the browsers now.
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post #10 of 36 (permalink) Old 2012-02-08, 09:15 AM
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Sometimes, its so bad I think I'll prolly loose my mind! One day, I definately will.

(I would of wrote this earlier, but I was to busy.)
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"Standardized spelling enables readers to understand writing, to aid communication and ensure clarity. Period."

This quote is from a current "Wired" article, titled "Proper Spelling? Its Tyme to Let Luce!" You can read it here:

I really don't agree with the author, because I see a drop in overall productivity, both personal and work related, when meanings aren't straightforward. One of the best pieces of advise my father ever gave me was to forget about a flowery vocabulary when you're trying to get a point across, do it as simply and as concisely as possible, and for God's sake, use proper spelling and punctuation!

A couple of years ago, when my son was in grade 4 or 5, struggling with punctuation in his writing at school and complaining that it really didn't matter, I pulled up a post from another forum I frequent. It was one with no capitals and no punctuation that was very difficult to read or take meaning from. A quick edit showed him how much easier it was to read.

Bottom line....if you have something to say and want people to read it and take you seriously, put a bit of effort into making your thoughts understood. Sometimes that can be as easy as rereading your post after it has been posted and edit, if necessary.

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Originally Posted by eljay View Post
Sometimes, its so bad I think I'll prolly loose my mind! One day, I definately will.

(I would of wrote this earlier, but I was to busy.)
The sad thing is, many people will read your post and think there's nothing wrong with it.

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I'm always amazed at how many mistakes I see online and even in print. Spelling and grammar have never been my close friends, so I'm hardly one to criticize, but how hard is it just to look something up if you're not sure? (I almost wrote "to just look it up"...split infinitive )

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How many people read the title and felt like posting something like "I is smurt"?

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