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  1. #101
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    So many of these drive me nuts too. Other 'favorites'.

    lie/lay
    few/less (maybe the one I hate the most)
    sit/set
    and of course, the ever present apostrophies, or should I say apostrophy's



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    Quote Originally Posted by paulaedwina View Post
    My experience is that none-native English speakers may occasionally suffer syntax issues, but often have a better grasp of grammar.

    And like I said; I am just chewing fat with other Grammar Nazis. I don't hold it against you for your spelling or grammar or word choice unless you want me to. I mean, come on, in the "weird crushes" thread I use the term haaawt!


    Paula
    "haaawt"?

    Now I will have to go read that thread, that I didn't bother to open with that title, to find what that may mean.

    To explain better my choice of threads to read, some topics can be a bit TMI for me.
    Although I may be missing then on some innocuous fun also.



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    Fear not -it's quite tame and good fun.

    Paula
    He is total garbage! Quick! Hide him on my trailer (Petstorejunkie).



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    Quote Originally Posted by Bluey View Post
    I hope you give some of us a break, that not being native speakers, have not been able to acquire a refined ear for English.
    I'm not a native English speaker either...I just try my best
    Ottbs - The finish line is only the beginning!



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    Quote Originally Posted by sophie View Post
    I'm not a native English speaker either...I just try my best
    Hoping you are having better luck than I do.



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    Quote Originally Posted by Brooke View Post
    So many of these drive me nuts too. Other 'favorites'.

    lie/lay
    few/less (maybe the one I hate the most)
    sit/set
    and of course, the ever present apostrophies, or should I say apostrophy's


    Yes, growing up with a Grammar Nazi, I learned about all of the above "atrocities" at her knee. And now, of course, we have a bunch of NEW ones (like the ones with which I began this thread! )
    "Hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies."

    "It's supposed to be hard...the hard is what makes it great!" (Jimmy Dugan, "A League of Their Own")



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    I hate the use of the non-word "prolly". I just don't understand why anyone would consider it a useful alternative to the actual word "probably".

    I also see people use the word "weary" instead of the word "wary". And the non-word "skiddish" instead of "skittish". Maybe their dog is so weary because it has been skidding too much? However, I can see a skittish dog being wary. My skittish dog is wary of strangers.
    Sheilah


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    Quote Originally Posted by CDE Driver View Post
    Lessoning, flatting, clinicing... Those just make me cringe.

    And LOFF. Maybe, if you are twelve, just maybe it would be okay. If you are an adult it makes you appear to be an immature twit.
    Loff comes from Willem and is therefore always okay. It doesn't belong in every post, perhaps, but here on CoTH it is fine.
    Holy crap, how does Darwin keep missing you? ~Lauruffian


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