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Thread: Doesn't anyone use proofreaders anymore?

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    The word "brought" is easily misused. I say "I brought my sewing machine to the shop" when I am speaking to someone in the shop. I would say "I took my machine..." when I am not at the shop, but telling about the experience. Took is always past tense, but brought can be either past or present tense, depending on to whom you are speaking. This is getting way too painful. Another of my pet peeves: to, too, two.
    Shirley in Arizona

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    Our local newspaper gave a presentation to encourage businesses to advertise with them. The large number of errors in grammar, usage, and spelling were shocking. The publisher is an acquaintance, so I quietly pointed out to him the importance of proofreading the copy for these presentations, but it was obvious he didn't see any problems. I'm afraid our language is so dumbed down, partly from the texting "vocabulary," that I doubt if we can recover. We all make mistakes and need some grace, but I fear our kids are essentially illiterate.

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    Quote Originally Posted by thimblebug6000 View Post
    ptquilts, every time I read the newspaper I feel like taking a red felt pen and circling all the grammar errors and typos.... nice to know I'm not the only one. and I figured out how to shut off the auto correct on my ipad, it was just too annoying. Sometimes when I type I make a mistake and I'm okay with that; but for the machine to be telling me what I must be trying to say was a little too much.
    I'm the same! I even saw some misspellings on a advertising display in a store the other day. Doesn't anyone proofread anything anymore? Or is it just that they can't spell?
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    Quote Originally Posted by carolynjo View Post
    It is too bad that writers let the autocorrect do their work and then they forget about such things as homonyms. My advice, as a former English teacher, is for those contemplating a writing career, to read, read, read and read some more in order to educate themselves as to how literature "feels" as well as looks. We'll never win this battle, but I can hope, can't I?
    Just be sure to read books that were printed before the e-book craze. If not, you may learn the wrong way to spell, use, and write many words!

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    My Pea Sea
    Eye halve a spelling checker
    It came with my pea sea
    It plainly marcs four my revue
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    Eye strike a key and type a word
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    Weather eye am wrong oar write
    It shows me strait a weigh

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    And eye can put the error rite
    Its rare lea ever wrong

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    Eye am shore your pleased two no
    Its letter perfect awl the weigh
    My checker tolled me sew.
    Author unknown
    Mavita - Square dancer and One Room School Teacher

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