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    Savingfishfromdrowning is offline If you can't change your fate, change your attitude
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    I'll start...

    He's = he is

    His = belonging to him

    He's is to she's as his is to hers!

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    lose/loose - to misplace something is to lose it, the opposite of tight is loose

    dessert/desert - dessert is the yummy stuff you eat after a meal - remember it has two S's as lots of people like two servings

    definitely - it definitely does not have an A in it

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    Oh joy! A thread for me Where to start? I'm quite (that's quite, not quiet! ) a grammar fanatic usually, so I get embarrassed when my phone's auto correct makes me type something stupid. Not all grammar and spelling errors are deliberate.
    Still, I plan to kick back and enjoy this thread, thank you!
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    i would never correct anybody, but there was another thread recently where people were giving incorrect advice to other posters.

    the confusion was about its/it's.

    the only time you use an apostrophe for that one is when it is a contraction. Never for the possessive.

    It's a confusing rule, though, as say you were talking about a dog, you would say:

    - the dog's bone, but
    - its bone

    I wish somebody would explain split infinitives to me. I'm hopeless with that one.

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    Discusted. Can't stand that one. It's disgusted people. Definately is another one, it makes me wild! I happen to think spelling and grammar is so important. Yes I do judge, I'm sorry, I do. There's more, I just can't think of them right now.

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    I have to apologise to everyone because my keyboard is not working at the moment

    I do a copy an paste of the letters that don't work inluding 's g d j & the one above A' but also my full stop and comma key are not working so please forgive any errors I make until this is fixed

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    Then/than are NOT interchangeable.

    Then is a time marker, or is used to describe a sequence of events:
    - We went to the zoo, and then walked back to the car.

    Than is used in comparative statements:
    - An elephant is taller than a mouse.

    As above, his/he's drives me nuts.

    And, you don't see this as much in Australia, but on American sites there are lots people confusing our with are and vice versa. It makes my head spin

    Having said that, I know I make plenty of errors in my posts but I only post from the iPad which makes editing near impossible. That's my excuse anyway!

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    Quote Originally Posted by MunchiesMummy View Post
    I dont really get all that fussed on grammer, but I was too much of a sticky beak to keep out of this thread haha - however thank you MM I have just learnt a great trick as the dessert / desert is one I ALWAYS have issues with! That trick is clever!!!!!!!
    No worries, someone taught me that trick years ago and i've never mixed up the two since (i used to always confuse dessert and desert).

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    Oh, and I wish people would learn how to spell congratulations. Every time I see someone make an announcement on Facebook I sit back and count how many variations appear.

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    I do get annoyed sometimes, but only because I have this weird thing where a word will get stuck in my head and I'll say it silently over and over and over. Potentially for days. Usually it's when it's spelt wrong and I'm correcting in my head. The other day it was a bubhubbers username 'Gizmoduckus' or something... "is it GizMOduckus, or gizmoDUCKus???!?'

    But I think it's so sad and immature to actually correct someone in their own thread. Surely if you have an opposing opinion you can stick to the topic and not resort to that?

    Definitely is one I have to say before I type 'deFINITEly'
    I hate loose/lose (I know an ENGLISH teacher who swears black and blue it's LOOSE)
    My own personal pet-peev is your/you're


    But years of autocorrect and more recently one-thumbed phone typing have dulled my once-sharp grammatical skills...

    ETA: ooo! I thought of more!
    •'i would of done it differently'
    •Specific/pacific
    •'I done that last week'
    Last edited by Daydream Believer; 28-02-2011 at 15:52.


 

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