I have always been in doubt whether to put a verb or not in each part. Now I know for sure. The difference between less and fewer is one too. Brain, I copied and pasted number three for my future reference. Yes I try to write in my own style but I like it to make sense. I agree with your point on parallelism, but not your example. What a shame that the spirit of the article itself felt hollow to me when the rest of the text suffered from similar periodic spasms of unintended corrupted character display.
Has anyone pondered et cetera lately? I see etc. I tell my clients that if one must etc. There are several gurus whose products are great, but the obvious errors really bothers me when I see it. LOL at these fine examples of the most common mistakes in the English! Take care. I know I see this at least once per day.
I know his was a mistake though, because he used it correctly in the very next sentence. Can you make an entire website about this so we can change the world?
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It makes you appear horribly amateur. I totally agree with the style differences between academia and the blogosphere.
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That conversational, accessible tone is a big reason that people read blogs, I think. You have no idea how good for my soul reading all this has been. Bless you all. I still share your dislike of this but at least I have had it explained to me by an American. I rationalise the fight to save our language in two ways: first, in any Society that lets the small rules slip, the big rules will eventually follow.
This is tautology, is it not? This was a joke, right? Good post, Brian, but I think the main point could be emphasised a little more. The tone should be conversational, informal, and friendly, as you said. Yes, this is something we all do, right, but how many people actually read it to themselves?
Paul, grammar and spelling are within my control, but how words render on every computer on the planet is not even though we try. I have tested emails in Gmail and several other email programs, plus every major feed reader and everything looks great. This is a great post! I defininitely fall into those slackers who mis-use i.
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Never again after tagging this! Can this possibly be true? English not being my first language; I always thought i.
Many thanks, Brian! The problem sometimes is with people who are native English speakers. In my case, I think I can good enough use the grammar but, still have a lot to work. Yes, the problem with should, could, would, is a common one. To be clear Brian my setup is xp, ffox with all sort of language add-ons , locale set to en-gb, reading with gmail, albeit on a Spanish os laptop, based in Spain, receiving your article via feedblitz. Very difficult to diagnose why the apostrophes do not render as intended. Brian, I am italian and I did learn Latin during the high school… but I had no clue about the difference between i.
Actually I did not even know they were Latin abbreviations. I have a question for your and the readers: English is not my mother-tongue but most of my audience is located in UK, North-America and Australia. Should I correct even the smallest errors I notice, even if it is time consuming? Or should I just accept it and spend that time to write new posts? For apostrophes, I still use the rule handed down to me by my 7th-grade English teacher. Contractions: Apostrophe replaces the missing letter or letters. However, possessive pronouns its, his, hers, ours and yours do not take an apostrophe.
My writing is laced with grammatical errors. My writing itself is OK enough to get by on but I tend to use run on sentences far too often.
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What was he doing? Was he running as fastest as he could? Also, I noticed the character rendering issue mentioned above and thought I might be able to help. You should easily have been able to avoid this issue by shutting off curly quotes and other non-ASCII characters in MSWord or whatever program you use to write this.
Good catch. That one has driven me crazy since high school and I still see people doing it wrong all the time!!! Brian — thanks for the great post. Dan and Jeff, I covered both of those in my last post on grammatical errors, which I link to in the second paragraph of this post. Yes, those two upset a lot of people! Thank you for this. I also seem to write e. The use of over instead of more than is another common error.
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I was just discussing this with a friend last night regarding a blog post that contained the phrase:. Having said that, there is no excuse for sloppiness.
Your readers deserve the best posts you can possibly create, as does your blogging reputation. Way back when, English speakers showed whether a noun was a subject, object, etc. That way, the words could come in any order and the sentence would make sence. In other words, if you blog just for fun, it may not matter to annoy people with errors. Sure, the message will still be clear enough.