English and Grammar Rules

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by slooksterPSV, Jan 16, 2006.

  1. slooksterPSV macrumors 68030

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    I would like to point out that a lot of you on the forum tend to spell a lot together like this: alot. It's not alot it's a lot. A lot, two words. Sorry I'm very anal about this lately, as of this year, so yeah. Please look over your words and be sure you are spelling things correctly and grammar is used correctly. I don't know how many times I've seen: dont, wont, cant, or other various types of words. Other things like prepositions, meh I don't care about. Spelling though, yes that is a huge one.
     
  2. OnceUGoMac macrumors 6502a

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    Whateva, whateva! It's my sexy mouth and I'll say what I want! Whateva!
     
  3. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Since you're concerned about spelling and grammar, I thought I'd give you a little help with yours. :p
     
  4. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    In a former life (ok.. a few years ago), I would spell it "alot"

    then, I had to remember it for a class because a teacher would automatically fail you if you wrote "alot" in a paper.

    "there is a lot of room between A and LOT."

    Now, I know how to actually spell "a lot"

    Related Grammar Q:
    Does the "15 items or less" sign bug anyone else?
    It's 15 or FEWER.
    FEWERRRR!!!!
     
  5. maya macrumors 68040

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    ROTFLMAO, (s)he has opened Pandora's box. :eek: ;) :D
     
  6. TheMonarch macrumors 65816

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    lol its not as bad as lol...









    wat is this aim?







    lol
     
  7. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    Less is used for singular items, and fewer for multiple items but not by the majority of English users.
     
  8. maya macrumors 68040

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  9. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    My pet peeve is passive voice. Allow me to add to bousozoku's suggestion:

    Please look over your words to be sure that you are spelling things correctly and using grammar correctly.
     
  10. maya macrumors 68040

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    Please look over your words and, use the correct spelling and grammar.

    Short and to the point. ;) :)

    In the british english language, you use the least amount of words to get the message(s) across. The alphabets in the brackets is usually used in legal terminology. ;)
     
  11. miloblithe macrumors 68020

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    Passive voice is a style issue though. It isn't incorrect.

    And as has been discussed in every other grammar/spelling thread on macrumors, there are kids and non-native English speakers. It's nice if you're clear, but no spelling or grammar police are needed here.
     
  12. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    Redundancy and being succinct are mine.
    Please look over your words to be sure you are spelling and using grammar correctly.
     
  13. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Perhaps, but you don't need the comma after 'and'. Even then it's too wordy. Let's separate the two clauses with a semicolon:

    Please look over your words; use correct spelling and grammar.
     
  14. virus1 macrumors 65816

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    the only grammar i use are these... seriously.. sometimes i only use one. but not too often...

    its just how i end my sentences.
     
  15. maya macrumors 68040

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    How about an "unofficial spelling and grammar police"? ;)
     
  16. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Yes, even more concise.
     
  17. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    You mean that you use the fewest amount of words to convey your idea succinctly? :p
     
  18. maya macrumors 68040

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    I have been conditioned to use a "," after "and." :eek:
     
  19. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    Agreed. But it's best to avoid passive voice when giving instructions.
     
  20. maya macrumors 68040

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    Well I could use "hand gestures" which would be more effective, however how do I go about it on a forum. ;) :D
     
  21. xsedrinam macrumors 601

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    In that case it would be: please look over your hand gestures to be sure you are using your fingers correctly.
     

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  22. Chundles macrumors G4

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    I don't like it when people say "disorientated." The word is "disoriented."
     
  23. katie ta achoo macrumors G3

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    Can we just all use the word "discombobulated"?
    I LOVE THAT WORD!
     
  24. maya macrumors 68040

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    I believe posting pictures with that "hand gesture" is prohibited on MR Forums. ;)
     
  25. aquajet macrumors 68020

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    lol that makes me think of:

    Please encourage the American people to make better choices in 2008.

    Or in order to avoid nominalizations:

    Please encourage the American people to choose wisely in 2008.
     

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