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    About English

    This thread is going to be exactly that.

    I'm going to try to correct some of the most common errors that I see constantly plaguing the internet. Please, for everyone's sake, use a dictionary or some type of grammar guide before posting your ridiculously incoherent advertisements.

    Then/Than: Then = after, than = used for a comparison

    Try and: You try TO do something; you don't try AND do something

    Aloud/Allowed: You're allowed to do something. You speak aloud.

    Your/You're: You're is actually YOU+ARE. When writing 'your,' please ask yourself if what you really mean to say is 'you are.'

    There/Their/They're: There they go. Their house was nice. They're all going home. Remember, folks, they're = they+are.

    I see these constantly - especially on WHT...which really does frighten me. Feel free to add to this list; those are just the ones that came to the front of my mind.

    EDIT: Here's another one...

    ' <- See this? This is called an apostrophe. We don't use these every time we see an "s." That's wrong. Don't do it. It'll irritate me.

    ANOTHER EDIT: That's pronounced "uh-pahs-tro-fee." Don't say it "aypo-strofee" or any other way. That's wrong. Thanks!
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocebo
    ANOTHER EDIT: That's pronounced "uh-pahs-tro-fee." Don't say it "aypo-strofee" or any other way. That's wrong. Thanks!
    Depends where you come from It is ap-os-tro-fee

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    huge/hugh - That was a huge mistake. Hugh Hefner started Playboy.

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    Depends where you come from It is ap-os-tro-fee
    Yeah, but that's almost the same as what I wrote Small differences depending on dialect always occur
    huge/hugh - That was a huge mistake. Hugh Hefner started Playboy.
    haha, I haven't seen that one yet, but I'll laugh when I do

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocebo
    haha, I haven't seen that one yet, but I'll laugh when I do
    It's a big joke among forum users to make fun using that word incorrectly.

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    Color = Colour
    Analyze = Analyse
    Enrollment = Enrolment
    Center = Centre

    More can be seen here:

    http://www2.gsu.edu/~wwwesl/egw/jones/differences.htm

    One that I didn't know. Bank = Banque
    I will continue to spell Natwest Bank, or HSBC Bank.

    They should change [color] to [colour]
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    American English is truly awesome because Americans find everything AAAAAWWWESOME


    Plenty more here:

    Common Errors in English

    http://www.wsu.edu/~brians/errors/errors.html#errors


    Have aaaaawwwwsome fun relearning English.

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    Color = Colour
    Analyze = Analyse
    Enrollment = Enrolment
    Center = Centre
    Aside from 'enrolment,' which I've never heard of, those aren't common errors. People in various countries speak English slightly differently - both can be correct.

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    One of my pet peeves:

    costumer / customer

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    Oh man, this forum is one of those rare havens of reasonable spelling and grammar on the internet, as far as I'm concerned. The main forum I post on is another, but I'm also on a few for the sex industry, and my local one especially is pretty poor.

    I've learned to chill out about it over the last two years, but the one that still drives me crazy is that people keep saying barter when they mean haggle. I keep pointing them to a dictionary but they don't listen.

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    Other pet peeves:

    The misuse of rather/whether
    The misuse of libel/slander

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    Your smarter then the average WHT'er

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    Quote Originally Posted by azizny
    Your smarter .....

    My smarter what?

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    The misuse of libel/slander
    That seems to be a big one on WHT.

    My smarter what?
    Aww, you totally beat me to it

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    You pay someone a compliment. A good pairing between two items makes them complementary.
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    Here's another obnoxious one: comma splicing.

    Hello, you guys, how are you, today? Well, that's, good. I'm, not sure why, I'm using so many, commas, but how, are, you!?

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    Quote Originally Posted by nocebo
    Here's another obnoxious one: comma splicing.

    Hello, you guys, how are you, today? Well, that's, good. I'm, not sure why, I'm using so many, commas, but how, are, you!?

    I think I do that.

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    One of my biggest pet peeves is the misuse of the words over and under.

    Over and under and spatial terms, not incremental. You don't have hosting plans priced under $10; you have hosting plans priced less than $10. You don't have over 1,000 customers; you have more than 1,000 customers.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocebo
    Here's another obnoxious one: comma splicing.

    Hello, you guys, how are you, today? Well, that's, good. I'm, not sure why, I'm using so many, commas, but how, are, you!?
    Please avoid my posts. I know I am guilty of that, as well as run-on sentences. But I do love the lil commas, they are such cute buggers.

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    Quote Originally Posted by AH-Tina
    I think I do that.
    You're not alone Tina. I'm certainly guilty of using too many commas. I don't really notice this until I go back and read something that I wrote at least a week ago and is completely forgotton. Try reading some of your forum posts from a year ago, and you'll sound like a total idiot in many posts (At least I do. ). That's why I try to sit on things for at least a week before I send what I have written if it is of any great importance, such as an article, press release, sales letter etc.

    Before somebody else does it for me, I'm going to say that this post is probably full of errors. I have my excuse ready... It's past 12am, I have been in bed for the last three hours, yet I'm still here working.
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    you'll sound like a total idiot in many posts (At least I do. ).
    Part of what prompted me to write that initial post was that I saw a post I made a while back in which I said "it's" in place of "its." Suffice it to say that it horrified me.

    I think I do that.
    You already have an A in my book as far as spelling/grammar goes It was actually another post that prompted me to add that bit about commas...kudos if you find it (hint: it was in the bottom half of the forums and is new as of today)

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    Just seen that Firefox 2.0 has a great feature to help out!

    Inline spell checking: A new built-in spell checker enables users to quickly check the spelling of text entered into Web forms without having to use a separate application.
    Just gotta find a way for the forum to force people to use it before the reply button works
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    Quote Originally Posted by Vortex-Steve
    Just seen that Firefox 2.0 has a great feature to help out!
    Too bad it thinks that the use of 'seen' instead of 'saw' is appropriate ;X
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    inquiry/enquiry (correct) has got to be the most annoying one.
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    Inquiry is acceptable according to Webster, Chambers, and the Cambridge Dictionary.
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    Quote Originally Posted by nocebo
    This thread is going to be exactly that.

    I'm going to try to correct some of the most common errors that I see constantly plaguing the internet. Please, for everyone's sake, use a dictionary or some type of grammar guide before posting your ridiculously incoherent advertisements.

    Then/Than: Then = after, than = used for a comparison

    Try and: You try TO do something; you don't try AND do something

    Aloud/Allowed: You're allowed to do something. You speak aloud.

    Your/You're: You're is actually YOU+ARE. When writing 'your,' please ask yourself if what you really mean to say is 'you are.'

    There/Their/They're: There they go. Their house was nice. They're all going home. Remember, folks, they're = they+are.

    I see these constantly - especially on WHT...which really does frighten me. Feel free to add to this list; those are just the ones that came to the front of my mind.

    EDIT: Here's another one...

    ' <- See this? This is called an apostrophe. We don't use these every time we see an "s." That's wrong. Don't do it. It'll irritate me.

    ANOTHER EDIT: That's pronounced "uh-pahs-tro-fee." Don't say it "aypo-strofee" or any other way. That's wrong. Thanks!

    Here is another one to add to your list:
    "A lot" is two seperate words.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Teh_Winnar
    Here is another one to add to your list:
    "A lot" is two seperate words.
    And it's separate not seperate.

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    And it's separate not seperate.
    Sheesh, you guys keep beating me to it

    inquiry/enquiry (correct) has got to be the most annoying one.
    As Anika said, they're actually both correct. For a long time I really thought that inquiry was the correct one

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    I'll add another pet peeve:

    "Where's it at?"

    The rule that you must never end a sentence with a preposition often results in awkward phrasing, so I have no problem when it is broken with reason. This sentence, however, drives me nuts. It sounds much worse than simply asking, "Where is it?" which has the same amount of syllables.

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    Quote Originally Posted by IvialisRyan
    I'll add another pet peeve:

    "Where's it at?"

    The rule that you must never end a sentence with a preposition often results in awkward phrasing, so I have no problem when it is broken with reason. This sentence, however, drives me nuts. It sounds much worse than simply asking, "Where is it?" which has the same amount of syllables.
    Ok, agreed. But this always reminds me of that joke.

    A woman from North Dakota and another from the East coast were seated side by side on an airplane. The woman from North Dakota, being friendly and all, said: “So, where are you from?” The East coast woman said, “From a place where they know better than to use a preposition at the end of a sentence.” The woman from North Dakota sat quietly for a few moments and then replied: “So, where are you from, b*tch?”

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    It's not "I've got;" it's "I have."


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    AOL's "You've got mail" has bugged me for years.
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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned MY biggest pet peeve: It's vs. its. This is so commonly abused and misused, I've given up trying to correct it.

    It's is a contraction and no one seems to read their own writing when they use it in a sentence, just like with they're/their/there or you're/your.

    Its is a possessive. Its state as a possessive should be obvious, but no one cares.

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    I'm surprised no one has mentioned MY biggest pet peeve: It's vs. its.
    That falls into my apostrophe bit But yep, that's a big one.

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    I just thought of another one:

    Has vs. Have: Has is singular. Have is plural. She has. They have.

    Now, it seems that's not really the issue here. People seem to have trouble identifying what's singular vs. what's plural.

    The team is SINGULAR. You say the team has, not the team have. Stop saying that singular objects have something. It's irritating.

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    Do you has any more?
    Blah at exceptions!

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    Insure / ensure

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    smoe body told me that it doest mater if you wirte lettrers in whatervr way u will stll be albe to read

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