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Spelling, grammar and punctuation matter. Let's go over a few things.

 
Anonymous Coward
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10/13/2012 01:11 AM
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Re: Spelling, grammar and punctuation matter. Let's go over a few things.
OK, if we're going to be complaining in public about things that matter only to people with psychological malfunctions (grammar Nazi protocols)I'll dump my own into the mix.


Comma ussage:

The rules for commas are very subjective, and ultimately indicate a slight pause in speach, to indicate pacing.

That's all. You may have been taught in school that the word "and" always has a comma in front of it. You may have been shown that it never does...

But it is actually variable and the truth is that there are no hard and fast comma rules!

Trying to be a Nazi on the topic only means you're poorly educated.

The best "rule" I've ever seen for comma ussage is to read the sentence out loud. If you pause at any point, so that what you read sounds correct to you, slap in a comma.

This is something that Grammar Nazis get wrong all the time!

Basically, if you complain about comma's you're probably the one that's wrong.

ALSO...

Sentence fragments.

In literary works and those that are supposed to mimic human speach patterns, they're allowable, even if you're fifth grade teacher would have given you a frowny face for them.

The technical writting used in school was always different than what is used in literary works.

The idea was to stadardize things for simplicity, knowing that the vast majority of people would never write a book, so they didn't teach you all the rules.

End rant.
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You've got no malfunction my friend. The comma is your friend, lest you sound like a machine.
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10/13/2012 03:24 AM
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I am a grammar and punctuation Nazi and I approve of this thread. applause2
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10/13/2012 03:26 AM
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I respect your valiant effort OP, but had you started your piece with 'First:' instead of 'First,', I'd be literally in awe.
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lol
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10/13/2012 03:27 AM
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:your:
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clappa
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10/13/2012 03:35 AM

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10/13/2012 03:41 AM
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oh thank you, some english speaking people in here really need this !!

btw it´s ISAAC, not issac !
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10/13/2012 03:44 AM
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another btw. i think there is no such thing as "commas".

German word for plural of comma would be commata. I think it´s the same in english ? :D
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10/13/2012 03:55 AM
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can i get a lesson on the use of the words 'a' and 'an'?
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10/13/2012 04:54 AM

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Thank you OP, it is a shame many of us weren't taught all of this at school. My grammar and spelling has improved since I started posting on the internet.
You can find most mistakes by re-reading what you have written. Proof readers read backwards, they start with the last word and go backwards towards the first word.

One of my pet hates is double negatives.

i.e. I ain't done nothing

When they really mean they have done nothing, or they didn't do anything.

Also people who pronounce th as f, I just need to fink of an example.

What about the use of semicolons?
The Microsoft grammar checker loves semicolons.
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10/13/2012 05:47 AM
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One comment:

I absolutely admire your subtle way of portraying cats as superior to dogs in your grammar Nazi rant! Beautifully done anti-dog propaganda!


One question:

I believe you are supposed to omit the possessive 's' in cases where the word already ends with an 's', such as for plural forms. That is, if all the dogs enjoy feasting on the puke belonging to all your cats, you would say

The dogs' favorite treat is the cats' puke.

At least that's the way I remember the rule. Am I right here? I'm getting a bit uncertain, because I don't often see anyone do this in practice.
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10/13/2012 06:51 AM
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I should of known someone would write a post like you're post. Its so stupid. Your stupid. For all intensive purposes, you should just delete it. Their are to many other things too worry about.
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10/13/2012 07:14 AM

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"Us spelling nazi's do have a point tho, this isn't always about being anal. Sometimes meaning is actually lost, and then it becomes a problem."


Errr, that should be "we spelling Nazis..., not us spelling nazi's... subjective pronoun and possessive when you want plural.

Just saying'
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10/13/2012 02:38 PM

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I have always found "dangling participles" to be amusing.

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