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Grammar 101 - November 2, 2007, 01:39 PM

When did being educated and using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling become a crime? It seriously saddens me that our educational system seems to be falling more and more behind every year. I put together a few grammar rules that are broken quite frequently. Please, do not take this as a personal stab, because it's not, just a way to vent frustrations. Please feel free to add things that bother you!

Again, this is addressed to nobody in particular. This is just a way for all of us “grammar Nazis” to get it out of our system. Please do not take offense, as it is all in fun.

Through - in at one end, side, or surface and out at the other:
Threw - past tense of throw
Example: You go through a tunnel. Your friend threw a baseball.

Your- the possessive form of you
You're- contraction of you and are
Example: It is your dog. You’re going to be late.

Too- also
To- in a direction toward so as to reach; a preposition of various definitions
Two- the number
Example: She is going too. Bring that to me. My bike is two years old.

Their - the possessive case of they used as an attributive adjective
They're - the contraction of they and are
There - in or at that place
Example: That is their car. They’re going to be here soon. The book is over there.

In- used to indicate inclusion within space, a place, or limits
And- along or together with; as well as; in addition to
Example: She’s in the building. She took her helmet and her gloves.

Our- the nominative singular pronoun, used by a speaker in referring to himself or herself
Are- Second person singular and plural and first and third person plural present indicative of be
Example: That is our dog. You are correct.

Saw – the past tense of “see” - used directly after a noun or pronoun to describe a past action.
Seen – the past tense of “see” only to be used with a past-tense helper word like “have”, “had” or “were”
Example: I saw a Ducati yesterday. It was seen at the grocery store. I have seen that bike many times.

A – modifier indicating a single item – used before a noun starting with a consonant
An – modifier indicating a single item – used before a noun starting with a vowel
Example: There is a dog on the street. There is an eagle flying over the street.

Don’t vs. Doesn’t – with examples:
Don't is used only in the first person, singular and plural and in the third person plural. "I don't like avocado ice cream" is correct, and so is "they don't have the sense to come in out of the rain"; but "he don't have no money" is nonstandard on two counts: it should be "he doesn't" and "any money." The same is true of other forms: "she don't" and "it don't" should be "she doesn't" and "it doesn't."

PERIODS ARE YOUR FRIEND. Excessive use of the exclamation point is annoying. You can’t be THAT excited, all the time. Paragraphs are your friend too.

TYPING IN CAPS IS CONSIDERED YELLING ON THE INTERNET.

'dis' is not a substitute for the word 'this'. a dis is an offensive comment.
'dat' is not a substitute for the word 'that'. a dat is a digital audio tape.
'wit' is not a substitute for the word 'with'. wit is the power of intelligent observation.
“aight” is NOT A WORD – “alright” is.

Using numbers to replace parts of a word is silly, even in text messaging.
Example: some1, b4, gr8, in2, every1, any1, etc

Spell-check is your friend. Utilize it frequently.

If you happen to correct someone else’s punctuation, grammar, or spelling, please make sure you have the correct punctuation, grammar and spelling in your post as well.

It is understandable that there will typographical errors in some posts – that is to be expected – but improper grammar makes you look ignorant and you should try to avoid it!


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My biggest petpeeve of all of those is "too" vs. "two" vs. "to."


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November 2, 2007, 01:45 PM

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When did being educated and using proper grammar, punctuation, and spelling become a crime? It seriously saddens me that our educational system seems to be falling more and more behind every year. I put together a few grammar rules that are broken quite frequently. Spell-check is your friend. Utilize it frequently.

If you happen to correct someone else’s punctuation, grammar, or spelling, please make sure you have the correct punctuation, grammar and spelling in your post as well.

It is understandable that there will typographical errors in some posts – that is to be expected – but improper grammar makes you look ignorant and you should try to avoid it!
+1000

Except "it was seen at the grocery store" is passive, and one should always use active verbs when possible!!!!

Another pet peeve: combining singular subject with plural pronouns in an attempt to be gender-neutral. There's a PSA out on the radio about hitting pedestrians "If you hit a pedestrian, your life, and theirs, will change forever". One pedestrian= "his life" or "her life". It's not necessary to make something gender-neutral.Ugh.

I was a TA for the history dept in grad school - two cockups I saw when grading papers (not verbatim):
1 - Rome had trouble defending her boarders from invaders
2 - (The king) could no longer sit on his thrown.


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OMFG HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA <--wait, sorry. ha ha ha ha



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Na·zi noun,plural -zis,



*not " Nazi's "

Now go copy/paste the correct use of apostrophes next...Grammar Nazi !! haha


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Na·zi noun,plural -zis,



*not " Nazi's "

Now go copy/paste the correct use of apostrophes next...Grammar Nazi !! haha

TUCHE!! HAHAAHAHA! AWESOME!!


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November 2, 2007, 01:50 PM

Bravo, Matt. Bravo.

My mother's teaching is reminding me that "all right" is spelled as two words, but in recent times "alright" has become acceptable. Psst -- also it's "nazis" not "nazi's."

Anthropological linguistics classes at the graduate level (ugh uber hard) has taught me that languages, alas, change frequently. Our beloved English language is an ever changing beast around us.

However, the "internets" is "gonna" make it "aight" to butcher the Queen's English, but I'm afraid it's an uphill battle...

And K, you forgot your period at the end of your "ha ha ha ha."


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Na·zi noun,plural -zis,



*not " Nazi's "

Now go copy/paste the correct use of apostrophes next...Grammar Nazi !! haha
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It is understandable that there will typographical errors in some posts – that is to be expected


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November 2, 2007, 01:50 PM

+1 on all this..

I'd like to add one. This is something I hear around here all the time:

Itch /= scratch!!! You can have an itch (noun), or something can itch (verb). you can also have a scratch (noun) or you can scratch yourself (verb)... But you cannot "itch yourself"!! Stop replacing itch for scratch... You scratch an itch, you cannot itch an itch!


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TUCHE!! HAHAAHAHA! AWESOME!!
since everyone is in on it... don't beat me woman


touché

thanks, drive through...not over!


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since everyone is in on it... don't beat me woman


touché

thanks, drive through...not over!
See my previous post, missy!



Another one -- "it swelled up." Of course it went up, it swelled...


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See my previous post, missy!



Another one -- "it swelled up." Of course it went up, it swelled...
swell this....(instead of swell deez)

Carry on!


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Aight, I seen dat!


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Here's one that always pisses me off.

Then:
1.at that time: Prices were lower then.
2.immediately or soon afterward: The rain stopped and then started again.
3.next in order of time: We ate, then we started home.
4.at the same time: At first the water seemed blue, then gray.


Than:
1.(used, as after comparative adjectives and adverbs, to introduce the second member of an unequal comparison): She's taller than I am.
2.
(used after some adverbs and adjectives expressing choice or diversity, such as other, otherwise, else, anywhere, or different, to introduce an alternative or denote a difference in kind, place, style, identity, etc.): I had no choice other than that. You won't find such freedom anywhere else than in this country.
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