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Old 04-27-2013, 07:02 AM   #121
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For some reason I always have to think twice about bare/bear, as in:

I can't bare the thought....
I can't bear the thought....

Neither word seems right to me!
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Old 04-27-2013, 01:18 PM   #122
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For some reason I always have to think twice about bare/bear, as in:

I can't bare the thought....
I can't bear the thought....

Neither word seems right to me!
bare = always without clothing or cover
bear = every other context

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Old 07-25-2013, 01:06 PM   #123
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Hi,

Can I be so impolite, as to muddy the waters with the following, please? I appreciate the fact that I'm a newbie here, but I hope you will take my recommendations onboard.

1) A lot - We might want to include the definition for "allot" (as in to divide something and put it aside, e.g, "We alloted 50% of the cakes for the kids, and the other 50% for the parents").

2) Fanny - In the UK, a fanny is a woman's "front bottom". In the USA, it refers to someone's backside, e.g. He fell on his fanny. (That works for US folks, but for us Brits, it would be very weird!)

3) Prostrate and prostate - The former means to lie down straight, or vertically. The latter is a part of the male human anatomy, that can get cancer.

4) Mispelled - You spell it with one "s", one "p" and two "l's".

5) Cemetery - All "e's", not ending in "ary"!

6) Aluminum and aluminium - This is another UK/US issue. In the US, you call it Aluminum, where as we Brits call it Aluminium - note the second "i"!

7) Calendar - It always ends in "ar", and refers to a diary/date-book.

8) Humour and humor - Again, another UK/US issue. In the US, you remove the second "u". In the UK, you include the second "u".

Finally, a question: is it acceptable forum behaviour to write posts, where names of books, films, etc are in block caps? I tend to do this to make things easier, e.g. I bought a superb Blu-Ray of THE LAST STARFIGHTER yesterday, or Which edition is the best one to buy of James Joyce's novel ULYSSES?


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Old 07-04-2014, 01:12 AM   #124
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LMAO

This is the best thread I've ever read.

Put down the remote control and read a book
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Old 10-23-2014, 09:02 AM   #125
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4) Mispelled - You spell it with one "s", one "p" and two "l's".

Pooch
Actually, if you spell it with one "s" then you are misspelling it.
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Old 11-07-2014, 02:38 PM   #126
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And remember:

Let's eat Grandma.
Let's eat, Grandma.

Punctuation saves lives!
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Old 11-07-2014, 02:52 PM   #127
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And remember:

Let's eat Grandma.
Let's eat, Grandma.

Punctuation saves lives!
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Old 11-08-2014, 12:23 PM   #128
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I constantly have to correct myself when using it's. Also, I'm still confused how to use whether in a sentence. I know it's used to introduce a choice, but the way I've used it my whole life is apparently wrong?
  • Whether or not you come, I'll still be there.
  • Whether you come, I'll still be there.

Always used or not, but I've read adding the or not is redundant.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:03 PM   #129
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I don't get it, this thread is from 2011 and still going strong. But when I made a similar one months ago, I was ridiculed and it was locked.
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Old 11-08-2014, 02:27 PM   #130
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I don't get it, this thread is from 2011 and still going strong. But when I made a similar one months ago, I was ridiculed and it was locked.
Maybe....because this one already exists.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:10 PM   #131
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Maybe....because this one already exists.
At the tme, it was buried so far back that I ddnt know it existed.
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Old 11-08-2014, 05:16 PM   #132
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At the tme, it was buried so far back that I ddnt know it existed.
Maybe because you couldn't spell didn't?
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Old 11-08-2014, 07:00 PM   #133
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Maybe because you couldn't spell didn't?
It's the iPads fault, it doesn't always register when I tape the "i" key.
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Old 11-14-2014, 12:33 AM   #134
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And remember:

Let's eat Grandma.
Let's eat, Grandma.

Punctuation saves lives!
You should remove some punctuation in your signature. The first line is not a sentence and doesn't require a period.

Need a comma in the line, "for everything else, use its." To avoid confusion, you can use a semicolon to separate the two parts.
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it's="it is"; for everything else, use "its"
As well, it has cannot be its, the contraction must be it's.

The quotation marks may be a stylistic choice, but they are not required. Using the bold or italics function is preferred when something isn't handwritten.
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Old 01-20-2016, 03:03 AM   #135
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I know this is mostly about spelling and punctuation, but the misuse of 'hence' has always been nails on a chalkboard to me. Can you add the correct usage of the word 'hence' to the OP?

I want to punch my computer screen every time I see someone say 'hence why' in their post.

Over the years, I've been a part of conversations where someone tries to be fancy in using that word but completely makes their statement redundant. 'Hence' is supposed to take the place of saying some sense of 'why' or 'because' and not to be added to them. Other crimes against 'hence' I've had the displeasure of enduring:

- ...hence because of that.
- ...hence the reason of that.

And my personal favorite:

- ...hence due to the fact of...



And I just saw that I resurrected a very old thread.
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Old 01-29-2016, 07:25 PM   #136
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Didn't see this mentioned and it always bugs me:

"cannot" is never "can not"
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Old 06-07-2018, 12:11 PM   #137
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Didn't see this mentioned and it always bugs me:

"cannot" is never "can not"
Incorrect.

https://en.oxforddictionaries.com/us...not-or-can-not

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Old 09-19-2018, 03:10 PM   #138
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I hated English in High School - (DC public schools suck); but over the years, bad grammar really gets my goat. How has this thread alluded me ??
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