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Oct 15th, 2012 11:33 PM
Blu€
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

would you care to elaborate please?

third-person plural (plural third-person plurals)

1. (grammar): The form of a verb used (in English and other languages) with plural nouns and with the pronoun they (or its equivalents in other languages).

"Are" is the third-person plural of the verb "to be".

2. The pronoun they (or its equivalents in other languages). In the aforementioned example, Serena & Sharapova = They

Wiktionary for more info
Oct 15th, 2012 09:17 PM
ivanban
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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Just a couple of updates, I've read these in the GM area:

"Ivanovic has to fired Sears" -> She either "has to fire" as in she must do something or she "has fired", past tense.

"Azarenka and Dementieva: Why does Serena and Sharapova struggle with the opposite?" -> Why DO Serena and Sharapova... they 3rd person plural.
Oct 12th, 2012 09:19 PM
Blu€
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

Just a couple of updates, I've read these in the GM area:

"Ivanovic has to fired Sears" -> She either "has to fire" as in she must do something or she "has fired", past tense.

"Azarenka and Dementieva: Why does Serena and Sharapova struggle with the opposite?" -> Why DO Serena and Sharapova... they 3rd person plural.
Sep 13th, 2012 08:13 PM
ivanban
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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I Fucking New It He Was Much To Fine!!!!!!!!!
Sep 11th, 2012 02:31 AM
wild.river
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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Originally Posted by miffedmax View Post
Well, you loosen a bolt or a tie. But you loose a leash or shackles.

English is a needlessly complex language, because it's a German dialect that borrowed heavily from Norman-French (itself a bit bizarre) with Latin grammar force-fitted onto the whole shebang.
i've been dying to whip out this chart since i read the op.

Sep 10th, 2012 11:05 PM
ivanban
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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Originally Posted by miffedmax View Post
Well, you loosen a bolt or a tie. But you loose a leash or shackles.

English is a needlessly complex language, because it's a German dialect that borrowed heavily from Norman-French (itself a bit bizarre) with Latin grammar force-fitted onto the whole shebang.
For me any language that doesn't have cases is not hard to learn That's why I would like to learn spanish
Sep 10th, 2012 08:59 PM
WowWow
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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You beat me to it.

Another peeve of mine is "over" when you mean "more than." If there's a number after it, it's "more than."

WRONG: "Max has made over 25,000 posts about Lena's bangs."

RIGHT: "More than nine years have passed since the tragic day Elena Dementieva trimmed off her adorable bangs"
Yes, but over sounds better.
Sep 10th, 2012 08:57 PM
Wigglytuff
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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Of course I didn't mean to disparage the many words we've borrowed from other non-European cultures, or even other European cultures (e.g. Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Hebrew/Yiddish).

But many of those borrowings are specific to American English, or in other cases are replaced by borrowings from other languages in other English dialects (like Australian, New Zealand, South African, etc.).

I was limiting myself to the core elements of the language, which was largely a mish-mash of German and Anglo-French (itself something of a mash-up of Danish-tinged French).
you are right, i was just thinking about american english, which is my own fault as its not the only "english"

i do feel like american english, borrows more and as such is less predictable and easy to master, i could be, its just a feeling that i have. i dont know if thats true, but just my feeling.
Sep 10th, 2012 08:47 PM
miffedmax
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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thats for starters, dont forget the newish words from japan (tycoon, karaoke), parts of africa (yarn, bozo, chimpanzee, cola, banana and more) and mesoamerica(chipmunk, hickory, chia, coca, condor, kayak, hurricane, potato, jaguar, alpaca* and so much more). and because we have no sense we added internet era words like spyware, ringtone, googling and many more)

*i sell alpaca hair scarves and they are amazing. i like them better than the cashmere scarves.
Of course I didn't mean to disparage the many words we've borrowed from other non-European cultures, or even other European cultures (e.g. Spanish, Italian, Swedish, Hebrew/Yiddish).

But many of those borrowings are specific to American English, or in other cases are replaced by borrowings from other languages in other English dialects (like Australian, New Zealand, South African, etc.).

I was limiting myself to the core elements of the language, which was largely a mish-mash of German and Anglo-French (itself something of a mash-up of Danish-tinged French).
Sep 10th, 2012 07:55 PM
Wigglytuff
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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Originally Posted by miffedmax View Post
Well, you loosen a bolt or a tie. But you loose a leash or shackles.

English is a needlessly complex language, because it's a German dialect that borrowed heavily from Norman-French (itself a bit bizarre) with Latin grammar force-fitted onto the whole shebang.
thats for starters, dont forget the newish words from japan (tycoon, karaoke), parts of africa (yarn, bozo, chimpanzee, cola, banana and more) and mesoamerica(chipmunk, hickory, chia, coca, condor, kayak, hurricane, potato, jaguar, alpaca* and so much more). and because we have no sense we added internet era words like spyware, ringtone, googling and many more)

*i sell alpaca hair scarves and they are amazing. i like them better than the cashmere scarves.
Sep 10th, 2012 07:47 PM
debby
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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Originally Posted by Blu€ View Post
Madre! Read that first post again, s'il vous plaît!
I am struggling with my keyboard to be fair. the e and the s
definitely
definitely
definitely
definitely

yup it's all good i know it's de-fini-tely
or definite-ly
Sep 10th, 2012 07:46 PM
Blu€
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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I used to struggle with definetly and definitly , but now all is good, I know it's definitly .
Madre! Read that first post again, s'il vous plaît!
Sep 10th, 2012 06:47 PM
debby
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

I definitely think it's important to respect the grammar and the spelling of words and phrases.

As for alot, it's weird but it is not too shocking. I am not disturbed by it.

Your, you're, their, they're, etc. is an annoying case because yes if there is a typo or lack of attention, it is not a big deal even if a bit irritating to read in a long post, a story or a serious cover letter. But to keep making that kind of mistakes ?

Same can be said with "should have" and "should of", I knew a teacher who kept making that mistake and that was really disturbing

I am not a grammar nazi in the sense that every grammatical or spelling mistake should be fixed asap and to hunt them, but to avoid these easy but so common mistakes.
I know that I am not that great in english, but I think there are some basic grammar rules that everyone should respect, it makes posts much more enjoyable to read !

That thread is amazing, I need to consolidate my english knowledge for an exam in march/april. I am still quite confused about who/whom but I will sort it out ! I used to struggle with definetly and definitely , but now all is good, I know it's definitly .

To french speakers : "Sa va" is a pet peeve of mine I cannot ever understand that aberration.
Sep 10th, 2012 05:31 PM
miffedmax
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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^ WHAT? Never knew that was wrong

I always use loosen instead of loose (apart from let loose)
Well, you loosen a bolt or a tie. But you loose a leash or shackles.

English is a needlessly complex language, because it's a German dialect that borrowed heavily from Norman-French (itself a bit bizarre) with Latin grammar force-fitted onto the whole shebang.
Sep 10th, 2012 05:13 PM
Wert.
Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

Your good. I definetly like this thread alot.



j/k. Thanks
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