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Grammar police

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  • #302459

    Tigertree
    Member

    LeePaul wrote >>
    Honestly, I think English majors may be one of my pet peeves!

    I think we’re going to get along real good Lee.

    #302460

    berdawn
    Member

    Steaks get done, people get finished.

    #302461

    DavidF
    Participant

    I done got me a whole new prespective on this here grammer stuff.

    #302462
    Manatee
    Manatee
    Participant

    alexs wrote >>
    I’m an admin on a car board and we get some gems. Sometimes it’s not only the language that’s bad, it’s the story told as well; it’s entertaining like watching a bug zapper.

    i found my brother a 97 legacy outback for $400. excellent condition but needs a head gasket. yesterday we pull motor do the hole head gasket top end kit. start it up and oil blow out of passenger side head gasket like it aint even there. so mad, i dont know how but some how i must have put that side in wrong
    it was making a pretty loud noise too like valves. but i figure that was from lack of oil to the heads and lifters. ive done a few head gaskets before but this was my first subaru. and whats with the arrow on the crank sprocket. you use the notch on the one of the 6 lower teeth right.
    i didnt surface the head because they did seem warped and the head gasket wasnt even that bad of a leak. most of the time the car wouldnt even over heat until sitting still for a while

    Wow, that’s like… Frankenstein/Tarzan/”Hulk smash” level.

    #302463

    catnfiddle
    Participant

    Tigertree wrote >>

    LeePaul wrote >>
    Honestly, I think English majors may be one of my pet peeves!

    I think we’re going to get along real good Lee.

    Ttthhhppppbbbhhh.

    #302464

    LeePaul
    Member

    catnfiddle wrote >>

    Tigertree wrote >>

    LeePaul wrote >>
    Honestly, I think English majors may be one of my pet peeves!

    I think we’re going to get along real good Lee.

    Ttthhhppppbbbhhh.

    catnfiddle, that sounds like one of your students:>)

    #302465

    LeePaul
    Member

    But seriously, I can’t imagine the difficulties an English teacher is facing these days, given the continuous generational by generational degradation of the language. And combine that with modern communication debauchery, I’m assuming you have your hands full. I hope my assumptions are wrong!

    P.S. I do envy those who can put their thoughts into words so eloquently. Don’t know if you can teach that?

    #302466

    TaraK
    Participant

    LeePaul wrote >>
    But seriously, I can’t imagine the difficulties an English teacher is facing these days, given the continuous generational by generational degradation of the language. And combine that with modern communication debauchery, I’m assuming you have your hands full. I hope my assumptions are wrong!
    P.S. I do envy those who can but their thoughts into words so eloquently. Don’t know if you can teach that?

    I’m not one of those teachers who has a romanticized idea of what my students will learn. Most of the, I find, really view English as being like Astronomy — a subject that they don’t need to know anything more about, regardless of their skill level. Every time I get an assignment with a winky face ;) in it, I just think, “job security.” If nothing else, for my current occupation and in the future. I think they really don’t understand how much others (adult professionals beyond English teachers) will judge their skill level based on their grammar. More troubling is the trend I see of inability to communicate person-to-person, be it online or on the phone. I have had lots of students who would have a question in class but would go to the computer class afterward to email me about it. If asked to talk in person or on the phone, they seem to have lost the skills.

    #302467

    Alex Silbajoris
    Participant

    Even when they get in the workplace, they can hobble along with aids like spell-checkers. There’s a whole world of stories relating MS Word suggesting the wrong replacement for a mis-spelled word. Or they’ll use the wrong word and it’s fine with the spell check – once I saw my manager write “cubical” in place of “cubicle” and it went through because cubical was in the spell checker’s dictionary.

    #302468
    Mae Greentree
    Mae Greentree
    Participant

    The one error I notice most these days is the lack of use of hyphens to create a compound adjective. I am all for improving written grammar when it facilitates reading and improves clarity, and this is one of those cases:

    their three year old daughters
    vs.
    their three year-old daughters
    vs.
    their three-year-old daughters

    There are other times when hyphens are necessary for unmistakable comprehension:

    I resent your e-mail.
    vs.
    I re-sent your e-mail.

    #1073145
    spfld_expat
    spfld_expat
    Participant

    Here’s an article from the Daily Mail about grammar differences across the US and a nice interactive map:

    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sciencetech/article-3047678/What-unusual-phrases-does-area-use-Interactive-grammar-map-reveals-bizarre-language-differences-US.html

    When did all the weirdos move to Lincoln Rd in Grandview?

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