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    Default Pet grammar bugbears

    Quote Originally Posted by Disbride View Post
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    lol, not really, because of you were to replace its in that sentence with a name then it's a possessive and needs an apostrophe - "Rebecca's heart beat was strong" "it's (because it's a possessive) heart beat was strong"

    I know it's wrong, but it gets me every time!

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    Ok, what about this.

    Words like its, our, yours, mine, their, are already possessive pronouns. They show possession no matter what and, therefore, don't need a possessive apostrophe.

    Does that help?!

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    It irks me when I hear (most commonly in England) the phrase, 'I was sat'.

    It also irks me when I hear Americans saying things like, 'I'm doing good'.

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    Every time I read the heading of this thread, I imagine a grammar bug bear and wonder what it would be like to have one for a pet! Lol

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    Im sorry if this has been explained already, but every time I read the title of this thread my brain goes 'wtf??'. Can someone knowledgeable explain to me how 'Pet grammar bugbears' means 'grammar mistakes that bug you'? Lol What is a bugbear??

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    Quote Originally Posted by veggiemama View Post
    Just wondering if anyone knows about the saying "of a morning" or "of an evening". It may be correct, I had never heard of it before I went to the uk and a few of my (aussie) colleagues used it... It always just sounded wrong to me but possibly because i'd never heard it before (i grew up in nz).

    It was even in our paperwork that we gave to patients so I always hoped it was correct! "take your injections of an evening" or similar. I came back to australia and i've heard it a handful of times since... Does anyone know?? Sorry for the lack of capitals... it's not knowing how to use my phone!

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    I want to know this too. I only started hearing it a few years ago and it sounds bizarre to me - DH said it the other day but because I'm not sure about it I didn't say anything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by squishie View Post
    Every time I read the heading of this thread, I imagine a grammar bug bear and wonder what it would be like to have one for a pet! Lol
    Quote Originally Posted by London View Post
    Im sorry if this has been explained already, but every time I read the title of this thread my brain goes 'wtf??'. Can someone knowledgeable explain to me how 'Pet grammar bugbears' means 'grammar mistakes that bug you'? Lol What is a bugbear??
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    1. a thing that causes obsessive fear or anxiety
    2. (Myth & Legend / European Myth & Legend) (in English folklore) a goblin said to eat naughty children and thought to be in the form of a bear

    So there you go Squishie, that's what your pet bugbear looks like! Could be handy to have around actually...

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    Quote Originally Posted by CMF View Post
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    1. a thing that causes obsessive fear or anxiety
    2. (Myth & Legend / European Myth & Legend) (in English folklore) a goblin said to eat naughty children and thought to be in the form of a bear

    So there you go Squishie, that's what your pet bugbear looks like! Could be handy to have around actually...
    Bahahaha thanks for that. So its possibly "Pet Grammar Goblins look like bears who eat naughty children". Good to know

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    I wonder if any mods secretly edit posts to correct grammar when a thread has gone stale.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Uniquey View Post
    It irks me when I hear (most commonly in England) the phrase, 'I was sat'.
    DH says this ALL the time!

    "So I was sat there watching you stood in the kitchen ..."

    DH is from northern England. There is a comedian called Jimmy Carr who sums up his dialect brilliantly, using a single phrase; "Tin tin tin."

    Now, to you or I, it may seem as if he has just said the same word three times. It's actually not the case. On further examination, a rough translation has been produced: "It isn't in the tin."

    Why use 5 different words when you can use 3 the same? Fu(k standard vocabulary - we're in a hurry.

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    Hahaha! I have seen some of Jimmy's stuff. It's so awesome!


 

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