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Old 2010-04-24, 10:15 AM   #91
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Hmm. I'll have to think about that one over a "samwich."
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Old 2010-04-24, 12:39 PM   #92
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Amazing the amount of tormented souls traumatized for a lifetime by grade 5 grammar and spelling.
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Old 2010-04-25, 04:41 PM   #93
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Another pet peeve: using "amount" with regards to a number of items (as in "amount of tormented souls" ), where "number" should be used.

This is similar to the "less" (general quantity) and "fewer" (number of items) frequent mis-use.
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Old 2010-04-28, 10:04 PM   #94
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Does anybody know when to use "further" vs."farther"? I constantly hear newsreaders say "farther" when in my mind I think they should have used "further." e.g. "They couldn't go any farther up the river due to the rapids." He couldn't swim any farther because of leg cramps." etc.
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Old 2010-04-28, 10:18 PM   #95
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Your examples are actually correct - farther is a measure of distance (near vs. far)

Further refers to "amount" or time (as in, "we need to discuss this further to determine what the best action should be").
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Old 2010-04-28, 10:42 PM   #96
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Thanks BGY11 for your quick response. I've always wondered when to use it.
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Old 2010-05-13, 04:01 PM   #97
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Just wondering which one is correct in that regard, or if it can go both ways.

For example, "#1 Hits of the 80s" or "80's #1 Hits." (Which one would be correct in this comparison?)

Edit: Hmm, looking at it, it seems my first example would apply to hits from all of the years between '80 and '89, while the second one would just be for 1980.
Sorry for the delay in response, but yes, you're right. The latter would apply only to 1980, not the entire 1980s decade.
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Old 2010-05-14, 10:15 AM   #98
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Sorry for the delay in response, but yes, you're right. The latter would apply only to 1980, not the entire 1980s decade.
"80s' #1 Hits".........would refer to the decade.
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Old 2010-05-14, 11:09 AM   #99
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Her 80s' and 90s hits.

Toss in a pronoun, a series of plural nouns and make them possessive and I can see why anyone might get confused. Is that correct?
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Old 2010-05-14, 12:59 PM   #100
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"80s' #1 Hits".........would refer to the decade.
Exactly, meaning they are the #1 hits of (possessive) the 1980s decade.

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Her 80s' and 90s hits.
I'm pretty sure there wouldn't be any apostrophes, because the entire thought is: "Her (collection of) 80s and 90s hits". But yes, decade and year–related grammar is very confusing.
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Old 2010-05-15, 10:43 PM   #101
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I think CrazyInSane is correct, since the hits belong to her, not the decade in question.
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Old 2010-05-16, 02:12 PM   #102
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This drives me around the bend.You see it on Digital Home quite often as it is a common spelling mistake. Misspelling as "Reciever" when it should be "Receiver"
We were taught this verse in school."I" before "E" except after "C", or as sounded as "A" as in "Neighbour" and "Weigh"
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Old 2010-05-16, 11:14 PM   #103
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Then there's the odd weird word that doesn't quite follow that rule.
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Old 2010-05-17, 11:09 AM   #104
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I wonder why the folks that brought us English verbs did not fix read (reed) and read (red).
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Old 2010-05-20, 05:33 PM   #105
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I often hear people say they will speak "to" a point or an issue, particularly in meetings (e.g. There are financial implications with this option, and I will speak to that a little later."). Is this correct, or should they not speak "on" or "about" a point?
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