English 101

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Rush
9/6/08 11:51:29AM
I know some of you will agree with me on this and others will tell me to take a but I think it needs to be said. Not only does proper grammar and spelling make a post easier to read, but it also makes your argument more convincing. i.e. why should I believe a person's opinion if they can't even construct a proper sentence?


Here are some basics that come to mind right away

Loose vs. Lose
Incorrect:
Fighter A will loose to fighter B.

Correct:
Fighter A will lose to fighter B.
That chick is loose!

There, their and they're
There are too many permutations of incorrect usage so I'll only list the correct ways
There (used for placement) - The item is over there
Their - (used for ownership) - That is their dojo
They're - (used in place of "they are") - They're going home

eg. They're going over there, which is their special place


Are vs. our
A consequence of poor pronunciation. I don't even think I need to define each of these.


Your vs. You're
Just like above:
Your - (used for ownership) - Your bike is red
You're - (used as a contraction for "you are") - You're incorrect

Its vs It's
It's is commonly mistaken for ownership, but really it is a contraction for "it is". Its is the word used for ownership.
Incorrect
That guy is it's owner

Correct:
That guy is its owner
It's a red car



Feel free to add some.
grappler0000
9/6/08 11:59:01AM
Amen! The lose vs loose one drives me up the wall. I was actually gonna make a thread about it awhile back, but decided to the take the easy way out and added it to my signature instead.
AchillesHeel
9/6/08 12:04:48PM
Heh.

Don't use apostrophes to pluralize nouns. Nouns, not noun's. Do use them in contractions (c'mon, not common).

Would have, could have, should have, not would of, could of, should of. When you hear someone say "would of", you're actually hearing them say "would've", which is the contraction of "would have."
Ben_Hutch
9/6/08 12:31:49PM
Well said Rush.

Use Paragraphs! It's very hard to read a long post if you don't!

Use Full Stops/Commas, they to make for a much easier read.
Twenty20Dollars
9/6/08 12:46:16PM
I know I've used the "loose" thing because Idk, I was being a dumbass. It was more like I just typed the things w/o thinking about them. I dont do it anymore.
gravy13
9/6/08 12:55:22PM
Excellent post! The thing I can't stand the most is run-on sentences without any capital letters! It happens so much on this site. Here's an example-

i think that anderson silva is the best i mean he beats everyone he fights when he fought rich franklin he destroyed him i want to see him fight fedor i think it would be a good fight what do you all think?

DCRage
9/6/08 1:01:44PM

Posted by grappler0000

Amen! The lose vs loose one drives me up the wall. I was actually gonna make a thread about it awhile back, but decided to the take the easy way out and added it to my signature instead.


Seconded! Ditto for people who rely too much on abbreviations,slang, but here's one I can add:
Incorrect: This guy is in a fued with another guy.
Correct: Thsi guy is in a feud with another guy.
I see this a lot on other combat sports (mostly wrestling) boards.
Rush
9/6/08 1:42:36PM
Another one



cannot is a single word.

but a lot is two words
Poohbah
9/6/08 3:53:40PM
To take it a step further...

On the Internet, it seems anything goes and grammar is irrelevant. However, make certain you use proper grammar at work. Always.

Sloppy emails will project a negative image. Bigwigs are usually older and don't "get" what is otherwise acceptable on the Net. I'm a program supervisor and on a lot of interview panels; writing skills set a lot of candidates apart. I've graded written exams that would make an English teacher cry, and these are often from otherwise qualified candidates.

Sorry if this is a little off topic (and I hope I used proper grammar).

dannyfrank
9/6/08 5:16:49PM
one that bugs me a lot is to/too/two

to (preposition)- I'm going to the bar

too (adverb)- there are too many people with bad grammar

two (number)- there are two people i have to beat up
MALICE
9/6/08 5:33:25PM

Posted by dannyfrank

one that bugs me a lot is to/too/two

to (preposition)- I'm going to the bar

too (adverb)- there are too many people with bad grammar

two (number)- there are two people i have to beat up



I was going to add this post as well.

But too can also be used another way. Meaning also.

Incorrect
He won his fight to.

Correct
He won his fight too.
Red-Dragon
9/8/08 8:44:00AM

Posted by DCRage


Posted by grappler0000

Amen! The lose vs loose one drives me up the wall. I was actually gonna make a thread about it awhile back, but decided to the take the easy way out and added it to my signature instead.


Seconded! Ditto for people who rely too much on abbreviations,slang, but here's one I can add:
Incorrect: This guy is in a fued with another guy.
Correct: Thsi guy is in a feud with another guy.
I see this a lot on other combat sports (mostly wrestling) boards.



WTF is Thsi?
AchillesHeel
9/8/08 9:00:17AM
TYPING IN ALL CAPITAL LETTERS MEANS YOU'RE YELLING!






That's not English, per se, it's internet etiquette, but I figure it's appropriate for this thread.
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