Basic English

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  1. Viking_UK

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    :tongue: I like that!
     
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    How could they possibly leave out:
    To, Two, Too
    ???

    Weird/Wierd is understandable, mainly because we're always taught "I before E, except after C", which is why I think it's so frequently misspelled.

    Its/It's is most typically confused, because 's (apostrophe "s") is most often used to show possession. John's book... Queen's English... So for many, "it's" follows that pattern.

    However, it's also used to show the contraction of ___ and is. "It is" becomes "it's", "he is" goes to "he's". Then again, "John is" contracts to "John's", so... They should explain that example better.
     
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    Where's "rediculous?"
     
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    As I said, it's only a starting off point, but they're heading in the right direction. Chances are that the people who need instruction most will be the ones who don't read it though.
     
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    I found that rather charming. I can't tell you how many times I've seen bad tattoos that claim "Born to loose." Yeah, they don't even get the right to/too/two in there.

    Too bad the author left out "irregardless." Every time someone says "irregardless" god kills a puppy.

    But he/she restricted the list to just ten (10) things.

    Now, if someone could come up with an easy-to-follow chart on the use of transitive and intransitive verbs, there are six or seven posters in the Political Forum who would benefit from such a kind gesture.
     
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    I think you've just appointed yourself to that task, MLB.
     
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    I'm sure Bede had the same issue with the local Angles.
     
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    My favorite is "Your stupid." (What about my stupid?)
     
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    That was my first thought after looking at the link...there's no fucking E in the word ridiculous.
     
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    If only I could learn to spell United Airlines. When I'm in a hurry it always turns out Untied Airlines for some reason.
     
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    Loved it ! So reminds me of my 8th grade elementary school teacher, who often gave us pop quizzes on "defining the parts of speech". The one that stands out in my mind is that "Oh!" is an 'ejaculation'.......
     
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    The words may and might are grossly misused . " may cause stomach upset " should be "might cause stomach upset" Might means a chance , a possibility. May denotes permission or polite manners. May I have another cup of coffee ? May I borrow the car ?
     
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    I love irregardless! How hard is it to understand that something is not regaurdless? sheesh :wink:
     
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    Your judgments are highly eccentric and do not reflect common usage, past or present. "May" concerns a present possibility, "might" a counterfactual or past possibility. It is irrelevant whether the possibility is a matter of permission or not. If someone says, "I may go out later," he is obviously speaking correctly and obviously does not mean, "I permit myself to go out later." Yes, the word "may" is used in matters of permission, but that is not and never has been the limit of its use.
     
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    No Mr Calboner it is still April :redface:
     
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    Yes, but it may be May any day now.
     
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    That's really helpful
     
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    Can I be mauled by the Wolverine rather than just a wolverine?
    I suspect I make the it's (possesive) mistake quite a lot.
     
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