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Thread: I KNOW.... nobody on this board needs this, but it couldn't hurt!!

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    Senior Member Trisher's Avatar
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    I am really trying not to let imperfect grammar bother me... but deep down, it does. Bring versus take? I cringe when I hear television commercials misusing these words.

    ps. Obviously incomplete sentences don't bother me.

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    One spelling error that often appears here on the Board is "boarder" (someone who pays rent to live with you) and "border" (in our case, the finishing edge of a quilt).

    Maybe we could differentiate between these by remembering that we often do not apply just "a" border (whereas "boarder" has that "a"), we often apply more than "a" "border"(as in more than one).

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    One of my main irritants is saying "ideal" instead of "idea" An ideal is a value you hold, an idea is a thought you have. I can't tell you how many times I have heard someone say "I have an ideal that should work"....arrrg. The other one is to say irregardless. People this is not a word. Regardless is the way that idea is expressed. Ideally we would use proper words to express our ideas.
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    I'm guilty of saying "I've got" and know as soon as I say it.. No! it's "I have"...I have seen "for sell" more than I ever want to, instead of "for sale..."Maybe it's being too picky, but if the younguns want a decent paying job, perhaps they should think about a good grasp of the English language.. There's a lot of texting language going on out there.
    "It couldn't hurt"..

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    Quote Originally Posted by bearisgray View Post
    "Seed" does seem like a logical past tense for "see" - even though I cringe when I hear it. The ones that I still have trouble with are "lie" and "lay" . "Lie" - as in an untruth, I get.

    "Except and accept" - I've seen this more often than I wanted to: "I except PayPal"
    "If you agree to this ___, you've excepted the terms and conditions ...."
    And I still don't know where to put the second quotation mark(s?) -
    A book that is a delight to read is: "Woe Is I" by Patricia T. O'Conner.
    She says: "To lay is to place something; there's always a "something" that's being placed. To lie is to recline. If you're not feeling well, lay your tools aside and lie down."
    But I don't always remember this.

    To accept something is to take it or agree to it. Except means exclude or leave out or other than. I never accept presents from men," said Lorelei, "except when we've been properly introduced."

    Amazon accepts all credit cards except Discovery. (Probably not a true statement.) They accept PayPal. You accept their terms.

    I love this kind of thing. Thanks for bringing it up.
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    Quote Originally Posted by maviskw View Post
    My son grew up knowing how to use seen and saw, but his good habits have gone by the wayside since his wife used it the other way. Sigh! I have heard that this "I seen" thing is much more prevalent in the Midwest; and even specific to central Wisconsin. I'm surprised to see it from Georgia.
    My hypothesis is that they hear "I've seen" and didn't hear the "v". Irks me every time.

    Really loved this post. But I think the sentence for the definition for illicit is incorrect. The sentence says to "illicit a response" I think a more correct way to say it would be to "elicit an illicit response". Elicit is to draw it out, and Illicit is something unlawful. Am I right?
    I wish my husband would pick up my good grammar from his wife the way your son lost his. My husband says "I seen," and it bugs me to no end. He's not stupid or illiterate, he just grew up saying it, and it stuck with him. BUT he doesn't say "irregardless," so I'm willing to put up with seen.
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    A good book for grammar buffs is "Eats, Shoots & Leaves".

    (Edited to correct poor grammar )

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    I love this! So glad you posted it.
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    Thanks for the info....I know a few people I'm forwarding it to....
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    Quote Originally Posted by Onebyone View Post
    What is so sad, the majority of the college graduates do not know grammar rules. I discovered this in the new hires when I was still working. They were letting spell/grammar checks do all the corrections.
    Yes this is why students everywhere still need to learn grammer and their math. So the have a sense if something is out of place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Trisher View Post
    A good book for grammar buffs is "Eats, Shoots & Leaves".

    (Edited to correct poor grammar )
    I've read this book also. It is wonderful. How can reading about grammar be so funny.
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    I just found this posted on a friend's FB page.....these are some of my pet peeves.




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