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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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To: Daffynition

OMG this is hugh!


121 posted on 02/01/2012 1:57:14 PM PST by jonrick46 (Countdown to 11-06-2012)
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To: Fresh Wind

Ahh. The Telegraph articles. How often I have have been reading along and realise I am reading news from a European source.

At least they don’t use torch for flashlight in the news print.

They do seem to be Americanizing their English for us. :o)


122 posted on 02/01/2012 1:58:17 PM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: TNoldman

The correct usage is “Will you lend me your pencil.”


123 posted on 02/01/2012 1:59:16 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Bikkuri

That is SUCH a funny site! And the writer is pretty easy on the eyes, too.


124 posted on 02/01/2012 2:02:25 PM PST by Constitution Day
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To: Daffynition

And then there are the philistines who confuse Brie with Camembert, and Burgundy with Beaujolais.


125 posted on 02/01/2012 2:02:49 PM PST by Revolting cat! (Let us prey!)
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To: Daffynition

Bfl, thanks for posting.


126 posted on 02/01/2012 2:03:32 PM PST by ziravan (Are you better off now than you were $9.4 Trillion dollars ago?)
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To: MrShoop
If you pay attention to the usage fewer & less, you’ll see people get it wrong most of the time. Usually using less when they should be using fewer.

This is a pet peeve of mine. Unfortunately even 'pros' get it wrong all the time.

127 posted on 02/01/2012 2:03:54 PM PST by TangoLimaSierra (To the left the truth looks Right-Wing.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Why do we drive on parkways and park on driveways?

Why do shipments come in cars and cargo comes in ships?

Why does “cleave” mean split apart and stick together?

Is there another word for synonym?

Why are they called apartments when they are all stuck together?

And my personal favorite...
If pro is the opposite of con, is progress the opposite of congress?


128 posted on 02/01/2012 2:05:02 PM PST by christianhomeschoolmommaof3
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To: The_Media_never_lie

Me neither.

BookMark :)

Tatt


129 posted on 02/01/2012 2:05:23 PM PST by thesearethetimes... ("Courage, is fear that has said its prayers." Dorothy Bernard)
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To: Daffynition
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130 posted on 02/01/2012 2:05:23 PM PST by cartan
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To: Poser
If it’s 1969 and you are taking a typing course on a manual typewriter, two spaces.

Sister Victoria, in 1987, had special powers. She was the typing teacher and we used "electric typewriters." Of all the typing that went on in the class, not only could she hear when someone used the "correction" key and who did it, she could actually hear when you started a new sentence without double popping the space bar.

I swear it amazed me. She would call the student by name from her desk as we did timed practice assignments for grades. "Johnny, two spaces after the sentence! Beth, no corrections! Accuracy is part of the assignment."

So she was wrong and I've been doing this wrongly for 15 years?

131 posted on 02/01/2012 2:06:04 PM PST by Tenacious 1
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To: Revolting cat!

I heard about a study where they served wine lovers the same wine in two glasses, but identified them by two different names. One name was easily pronounced, the other difficult. Almost all of them said the wine with the difficult name tasted better.


132 posted on 02/01/2012 2:06:45 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: Tenacious 1

Beats me, darlin’. I use two spaces after a period like my mamma taught me. Of course, I also write colour and honour...


133 posted on 02/01/2012 2:07:53 PM PST by brothers4thID (Death had to take him sleeping, else he would have put up a fight.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

I have chosen to be Politically Incorrect and use such word manipulations to draw attention to myself. Obviously it works.

I find many Journalists and Liberals misuse the word “appealing” when they mean “appalling” when referring to President Obama. I find that rather appealing.


134 posted on 02/01/2012 2:10:38 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: Tenacious 1

I’ve always preferred two spaces. HTML forces a single space, no matter what you type. That is SO annoying.


135 posted on 02/01/2012 2:11:59 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: TNoldman

The hardest thing about these threads is that it’s very difficult to tell who is kidding and who isn’t.

(And I’m triple-checking my spelling!)


136 posted on 02/01/2012 2:12:30 PM PST by Colonel_Flagg (Why, yes. I AM in a bad mood.)
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To: Colonel_Flagg

You are so right or is that correct - I don’t know but I am glad you are here.


137 posted on 02/01/2012 2:17:24 PM PST by TNoldman (AN AMERICAN FOR A MUSLIM/BHO FREE AMERICA.)
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To: brothers4thID

Yes, you are correct, two spaces after a period. Let’s reiterate this again for everybody.


138 posted on 02/01/2012 2:18:30 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Fresh Wind

Yeh, same with hemorroids and asteroids.


139 posted on 02/01/2012 2:20:52 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Daffynition
Contrary to common misuse, “moot” doesn’t imply something is superfluous.

One definition of "moot" in Websters is: "deprived of practical significance : made abstract or purely academic"

I'm not sure I get the difference.

140 posted on 02/01/2012 2:21:43 PM PST by TankerKC (Welcome to the age of "I Meant to Do That" Diplomacy)
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To: IrishPennant

yeah and what about the “W” ?

ONE has a “W” sound but no “W”
TWO has a “W” but no “W” sound.

and how about “I before E except after C”
It’s not rocket science, and don’t be deceived, but it’s an ancient axiom and what’s weird is Einstein has it wrong twice in his name. Either this axiom works or neither work. I’ll raise a stein to that.

I believe I’ve achieved my purpose.

i’m outta here.


141 posted on 02/01/2012 2:22:31 PM PST by stylin19a (time to Obamanos)
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To: Daffynition

Not only do most people misuse “moot”, but many of them misspell/pronounce/misunderstand it as “mute”.


142 posted on 02/01/2012 2:26:19 PM PST by Paradox (I want Obama defeated. Period.)
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To: Revolting cat!

Now, now, Major Winchester, don’t be too hard on such cretins.


143 posted on 02/01/2012 2:28:27 PM PST by SgtHooper (The last thing I want to do is hurt you. But it's still on the list.)
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To: Irenic
Does the book help teach punctuation at all? I really need help there, too. If not, do you know a good one for punctuation?

Try this: http://www.amazon.com/Little-Brown-Handbook-Ninth/dp/0321103505

It covers grammar, punctuation, and just about everything else you'd need to write well.

It was a life-saver for many courses (this is the latest version, mine was pre-internet).

144 posted on 02/01/2012 2:28:33 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Daffynition
Obviously written by a non-Southerner. The "Bring and Take" entry shows that. What about "carry"?

As in, "I got to carry my father to the doctor this afternoon."

145 posted on 02/01/2012 2:31:24 PM PST by Verginius Rufus
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To: nodumbblonde

penultimate


146 posted on 02/01/2012 2:32:04 PM PST by numberonepal (First they came for Sarah, then they came for Herman.....)
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To: IYAS9YAS; Irenic

I goofed. There is a newer version than in my link. Version 12 is out. Scroll down a bit on my linked page, and you’ll see the link to the latest version.


147 posted on 02/01/2012 2:34:05 PM PST by IYAS9YAS (Rose, there's a Messerschmitt in the kitchen. Clean it up, will ya?)
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To: Daffynition

GR8 POST!

But will those who need it, read it?


148 posted on 02/01/2012 2:41:21 PM PST by b9 (NEWT all the way)
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To: Daffynition

Very good. Perhaps we could send some FReepers to grammar boot camp.

Actually, I can excuse people who are typing a quick response in a post, but I want to tear my hair out at what passes for journalistic writing in more than I few of the articles I see in a day. And what comes out of the mouths of the idiot pundits makes me scream at my TV quite frequently.

How about “nother” as in “That’s a whole nother thing”? Aack!


149 posted on 02/01/2012 2:44:08 PM PST by Bigg Red (Pray for our republic.)
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To: Tenacious 1
When did it change and what are they teaching now?

Blame it on the inter-web. Basically when writing HTML code in order to add 2 spaces after a period requires an extra character (  - non-breaking space). You can put as many spaces as you want, but HTML will show only one. I always thought the double space after the period was similar to double spacing your papers. It was so the teacher had room for notes while grading.

The same can be said about indenting a paragraph. You rarely see that any longer. It's the same scenario there as with period spacing. In code you have to put 5   characters for indention. Back in the modem and ISDN days a document full of those extraneous spaces might mean a loss of valuable download performance.

150 posted on 02/01/2012 2:47:02 PM PST by numberonepal (First they came for Sarah, then they came for Herman.....)
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