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20 Common Grammar Mistakes That (Almost) Everyone Makes
LitReactor.com ^ | January 31, 2012 | Jon Gingerich

Posted on 02/01/2012 12:47:25 PM PST by Daffynition

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To: Daffynition

“Was” and “Were”; it’s complicated but you can figure it out. I’ll give you a hint. When I was a boy I wished I were king.


101 posted on 02/01/2012 1:46:59 PM PST by muir_redwoods (No wonder this administration favors abortion; everything they have done is an abortion)
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To: Fresh Wind

“Near miss” always confuses me...as does parking in a driveway and driving on a parkway...or things sent by sea being CARgo, but things sent by truck being a SHIPment...


102 posted on 02/01/2012 1:48:49 PM PST by IrishPennant (Did Adam and Eve have belly-buttons? I'm jes' askin'...)
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To: Fresh Wind

It’s down to me
The difference in the clothes she wears
Down to me, the change has come,
She’s under my thumb
(The Rolling Stones)

Why “down to me” not “up to me”?


103 posted on 02/01/2012 1:48:53 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: brothers4thID

I am 38. I was learned in private school that there is always two spaces after a sentence ending period.

When did it change and what are they teaching now?


104 posted on 02/01/2012 1:49:16 PM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: Daffynition

That is a cute cartoon. In case (hehe) you didn’t know, small letters are called lowercase because in the early days of printing the type setting blocks were kept in cases. The large letters in the upper cases and the small letters in the lower cases.


105 posted on 02/01/2012 1:49:29 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: Revolting cat!

Great song!


106 posted on 02/01/2012 1:50:19 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Daffynition
Contrary to common misuse, “moot” doesn’t imply something is superfluous. It means a subject is disputable or open to discussion. e.g., The idea that commercial zoning should be allowed in the residential neighborhood was a moot point for the council.

I have to wonder about that.

In the sample sentence, "doubtful" and "debatable" can have very different meanings.

Is the council going to join in doubting or divide in debating the matter?

And if everyone uses "moot" to mean "of little or no practical value or meaning; purely academic," isn't that it's primary meaning?

107 posted on 02/01/2012 1:50:59 PM PST by x
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To: Colonel_Flagg

“borrow” can be used both ways :

“May I borrow your pencil?” or

“Will you borrow your pencil to me?”

One word many applications. Cut your necessary vocabulary in half!


108 posted on 02/01/2012 1:51:20 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Daffynition

My Pet Peeves:

“I could care less” the correct line is “I couldn’t care less”

irregardless - there is no such word “regardless” is enough to suffice

People who mispell the word “necessary”


109 posted on 02/01/2012 1:51:34 PM PST by thepatriot1 (...brought to you courtesy of the Red, White and Blue)
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To: IrishPennant

How about “partial nudity”? If you’re nude, your nude. If you have any clothes on, your not.

That’s sort of like “half dead”.


110 posted on 02/01/2012 1:51:50 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: goseminoles

Are we down to that already?


111 posted on 02/01/2012 1:52:21 PM PST by MHGinTN (Being deceived can be cured.)
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To: Daffynition

The one that drives me to reach for my gun, is the past perfect simple confusion:

“If I would have put on my Depends in the morning, I would not wet myself now.”


112 posted on 02/01/2012 1:52:51 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Lonesome in Massachussets

I am in agreement with you. My Webster’s II New Riverside University Dictionary has the following for “moot” as transitive verb:
1.a. To bring up as a subject for debate or discussion.
b. To debate or discuss.
2. To plead or argue (a case) in a moot court.

As an adjective
1. Subject to debate : ARGUABLE (a moot point)
2.a. Law. Lacking legal significance, though having been previously decided or settled.
b. Of no practical importance : ACADEMIC.

The other consideration here is what a dictionary is supposed to do - is it supposed be desciptive or proscriptive? Is it supposed to us how words are used or is it supposed to tell us words should be used? An argument can be made for either approach. At one time the meaning of moot describe in this article may have been the proper use, but common usage has given it its present common meaning of “of no practical importance.” I think that whoever made the argument cited in this article needs to move on with his life.


113 posted on 02/01/2012 1:53:00 PM PST by bagman
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To: NoGrayZone
Are you a chicken?

Nope. I'm an egg.

Were you born?

Nope. I was laid.

Is everyone laid?

Nope. Some people are chicken.

114 posted on 02/01/2012 1:53:06 PM PST by N. Theknow (Kennedys=Can't drive, can't ski, can't fly, can't skipper a boat, but they know what's best for you.)
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To: Revolting cat!

That must be English English. It’s a different language.


115 posted on 02/01/2012 1:53:25 PM PST by Fresh Wind ('People have got to know whether or not their president is a crook.' Richard M. Nixon)
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To: Daffynition

I got lied last night!


116 posted on 02/01/2012 1:53:37 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Daffynition
Heck a few generations back most people could read or spell their own names, so cut us some slack.

Anyway, it's our GOD given right to screw up the already screwed up English language - we'll all be forced to speak espanol pretty soon if the current regime gets their way.

117 posted on 02/01/2012 1:54:01 PM PST by The Sons of Liberty (Psalm 109:8 Let his days be few and let another take his office. - Mene, Mene, Tekel, Upharsin)
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To: society-by-contract

“One or two spaces after a period”

If it’s 1969 and you are taking a typing course on a manual typewriter, two spaces.

If you are using a modern word processor with proportional type, one space.

I think I got this from a book by Robert Parker, Looking Good in Print, but I haven’t read it for twenty years so I’m not sure I remember correctly.


118 posted on 02/01/2012 1:56:00 PM PST by Poser (Cogito ergo Spam - I think, therefore I ham)
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To: Daffynition

mark to snag that pic


119 posted on 02/01/2012 1:56:30 PM PST by don-o (He will not share His glory and He will NOT be mocked! Blessed be the name of the Lord forever.)
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To: Daffynition

lol. thanks for the post!


120 posted on 02/01/2012 1:56:53 PM PST by GOP Poet
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