The pedantic, speeling and grammer thread's

FB

Not my cup of cake
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For all you spelling and grammar Nazi's this show must have been manor from heaven.

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00kkgvt

I'm always confused about the levels of outrage around English usage, it's about being understood and the evolution of language. The risk we run is that we end up with a sterile, dying language like French which has a committee of "superior beings" who determine which words should and shouldn't be allowed in and what grammatical changes should take place.

By the way, I have no idea what a split infinitive is and, frankly, I don't care but if one of you can come up with a simple rule regarding the use of colons and semi-colons I'd be very grateful. Until then I will continue to pepper my posts with poor punctuation and spelling.
 

Brogan

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By the way, I have no idea what a split infinitive is and, frankly, I don't care
The most famous one is "to boldly go"; "to go" is the infinitive and it has been split by "boldly".
It should be "to go boldly".

but if one of you can come up with a simple rule regarding the use of colons and semi-colons I'd be very grateful.
Colons are for lists, summaries, quotes, etc., semi-colons are for associated statements and lists including commas. You can effectively use a semi-colon instead of a full stop for a new sentence.

:D http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon

Hope thats' of some use four you're education; any further questions: feel free too ask. Your welcome LOL
 

Mezzer

A fine chap if ever there was one.
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if one of you can come up with a simple rule regarding the use of colons and semi-colons I'd be very grateful. Until then I will continue to pepper my posts with poor punctuation and spelling.
Not saying this is right but it's my understanding ... Colons are used when an example of what is being discussed is about to be explained or detailed, often in a list. For example, "Teams I like: McLaren, Williams and Notts Forest (don't start!).". A semi-colon is used as a break, almost like a full-stop, in a sentence that is related but not joined by 'and' or 'but'. For example, "Drivers talk about driving; racers talk about racing.".
 

sportsman

Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones
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I suppose you could try punctuating this so that it makes sense.

"James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher"
 

ExtremeNinja

Karting amateur
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I suppose you could try punctuating this so that it makes sense.

"James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher"
Not so much a lack of punctuation but perhaps evidence of a necessity for a speech therapist to stop you stammering and a psychologist to help you understand why your stammer transcends into written word.

[edit] I get the feeling that the above sentence might be missing some punctuation.

[edit again] Your post is potentially correct. The fact that you have put it in quotation marks exempts it from grammatical rule in some circumstances. You could just be stating what somebody else said and doing it accurately. Perhaps the addition of a full stop would polish it off.

[last edit] :givemestrength: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/James_while_John_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_had_a_better_effect_on_the_teacher
 

sportsman

Sidecar racers have the biggest cojones
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The most famous one is "to boldly go"; "to go" is the infinitive and it has been split by "boldly".
It should be "to go boldly".


Colons are for lists, summaries, quotes, etc., semi-colons are for associated statements and lists including commas. You can effectively use a semi-colon instead of a full stop for a new sentence.

:D http://theoatmeal.com/comics/semicolon

Hope thats' of some use four for you're education; any further questions: feel free too ask. Your welcome LOL
Thats' plain sneaky Brogan.
 
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