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kpjf



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PostPosted: Mon May 13, 2013 12:10 pm    Post subject: Apostrophe now Reply with quote

Interesting article on the BBC: Apostrophe now: Bad grammar and the people who hate it

I certainly don't hate people for making basic grammar mistakes, but it can be kind of irritating; for instance, I watched the FA Cup final on Saturday afternoon (a football/soccer tournament) and at the end three people were interviewed: two football players and the manager. All three used "them" when they should have say "those". Hearing this kind of mistake can be kind of annoying.
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scot47



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Tecahers of the World unite against the Grocer's Apostrophe !

http://www.apostrophe.org.uk/
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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 8:20 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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Twist Phelan, an American writer who went on 100 online dates in 100 days and later married someone she met online, says grammar is a vital "filter system". It shows care has been taken when sentences are grammatically correct. "If you're trying to date a woman, I don't expect flowery Jane Austen prose. But aren't you trying to put your best foot forward?"


Hehehehehehe. She's called Twist Phelan. That alone skewed her online results.
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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 9:21 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

"Come on let's twist again,
Like we did last summer!
Yeaaah, let's twist again,
Like we did last year!

Do you remember when,
Things were really hummin',
Yeaaaah, let's twist again,
Twistin' time is here! "

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spiral78



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PostPosted: Sun Jan 19, 2014 10:28 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I once had a horse called Twist. He was male, though.
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plumpy nut



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 3:26 pm    Post subject: Re: Apostrophe now Reply with quote

kpjf wrote:
All three used "them" when they should have say "those". Hearing this kind of mistake can be kind of annoying.


Tell me it's not so, please! Then it's not limited to only Americans, but the English too?
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kpjf



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PostPosted: Tue Jan 21, 2014 7:52 pm    Post subject: Re: Apostrophe now Reply with quote

plumpy nut wrote:
kpjf wrote:
All three used "them" when they should have say "those". Hearing this kind of mistake can be kind of annoying.


Tell me it's not so, please! Then it's not limited to only Americans, but the English too?


Sorry, but it is! It was a long time ago, but I'm sure the two footballers were English and the manager was Spanish.

In the UK it's quite common to hear things like:

Them boys
I don't know nothing
He done good
Should have went


etc.
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PostPosted: Mon Jan 27, 2014 9:52 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Wot! I don't fink so, innit! Like! YEAH!
Generally British English, yeah!
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 9:48 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I was like that. Innit ?
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PostPosted: Fri Jan 31, 2014 1:50 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Sick!
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Daveric



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PostPosted: Sat Feb 01, 2014 12:19 pm    Post subject: Re: Apostrophe now Reply with quote

kpjf wrote:
Interesting article on the BBC: Apostrophe now: Bad grammar and the people who hate it


Be sure to read it while listening to Apostrophe' now.
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