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    Msmummy,

    I don;t understand the rule, but I know how it works

    you don't separate the 'to' from the other bit

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    to actually get it right

    and then actually to get it right

    first is wrong

    not sure if that added to your understanding

    the timing of this thread is ironic as I just *that* second saw my sister in law saying something was 'discusting' on her fb status. Whilst I inwardly cringed, I also know that english is not her parent's first language, she left school at 15, no books in the house, etc. So really, how can she be judged on it?

    Sometimes I feel people should know better I suppose.

    Even though I can see how annoying it would be, it truly does bother me when people make basic mistakes. It's like nails on a chalkboard sort of thing..

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    Quote Originally Posted by swimmingup****** View Post
    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
    That must be so frustrating, that would definately drive me nuts!!!

    Ok so I couldn't resist, definitely is the one word I stuff up on a regular basis but I am getting better. I do notice the spelling mistakes but would never comment on it in a thread, I dont' notice grammar mistakes as much because half the time I have no idea. I think there are some posters who often have spelling mistakes but are still able to put together a well thought out and valid point, I think often if someone else is correcting their spelling/grammar it is because they have hit a nerve. This thread is probably a good way to vent about it as long as you stick to the words and not the argument.

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    I will say I find posts where it's a 20 line sentence with no full stops or commas are hard for me to read.

    I would never correct anyone though. That's kind of mean.

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    I HATE "ghetto talk" ie dis (this), da (the), howzit (how is it) and I can't stand dropping letters off words like goin, gettin etc. Drives me coo coo!!

    Although I will admit I don't have the best grammar or spelling

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    I'm really bad with spelling and grammar.

    My mum spoke to my teacher about help for me when I was in grade 3 then again in grade 4 and both said not to stress by the time she leaves school computers will have taken over and that will auto correct it for her.

    Not putting blame on anyone if I wanted to fix it I guess I could learn now but what a crazy thing to say about a child who needed help, I wish my mum had followed through with getting me some help because it is embarrassing.
    When I'm online I just quickly type what I want and don't worry but if it was a professional document or something for work I would edit it but online there is no one I know IRL I don't bother or I would never have time to post.

    but when it comes to facebook and people write " Join up the gym for first time today be sore in morning". I have a little giggle...

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    I have a question. Is it "use to" or "used to"?

    Example:
    I ..... to work full time.

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    I really dislike when people don't use capital letters. How petty is that?!

    Severe dislikes:

    - incorrect use of apostrophes
    - their/they're/there
    - "Me and Johnny went to the park" instead of "Johnny and I went to the park"
    - similar to above, when people "over-correct" and it becomes "Grandma gave Johnny and I some cake" instead of the correct "Grandma gave Johnny and me some cake".

    I reckon the best way of understanding this rule is to remove the other person's name in your head, then it's easier to determine whether you're supposed to use "me" or "I".

    My Mum was an English teacher and her grammar-Nazi ways rubbed off on me.

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    MissSteph - "I used to work there".

    On a similar theme is "I should have gone to work" instead of the incorrect "I should of gone to work".

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    Quote Originally Posted by MissSteph View Post
    I have a question. Is it "use to" or "used to"?

    Example:
    I ..... to work full time.

    Used - think of it like past tense..

    If you said 'use' it would be like you were discussing something you use.. like 'I use the rolling pin for this' or 'I use posh shampoo' or whatever.


 

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