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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 12:10 AM   #31
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Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

I agree with all points that have been raised! Another one is saying "lay," instead of "lie."

This might not be something you see on TF very often and I think it's particular to Americans (or perhaps even North Americans) but it really bothers me!
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 01:32 AM   #32
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Indeed, though "A lot" it's easy to not mistake, two words hello!

I've added two other common mistakes, you guys mentioned, while I was writing it last night I wondered whether you write "Good bye" or "Goodbye"... enlighten me people!
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 01:36 AM   #33
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 01:56 AM   #34
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Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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besides, english is a living language and continues to evolve. personally i think that alot will soon become acceptable much the same way other conventions that were once seen as incorrect have been accepted. so in other words
That's a bit of a cop out isn't it?
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 02:46 AM   #35
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Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

who vs whom

me vs i

certain people always say the latter ones to sound more sophisticated. drives me crazy.


lesson:

who = subject

who is that sexy man?

whom = object

whom is he making out with?

(pls don't harp about ending with prepositions..that's not a real rule)

lesson:

i = subject or compared to the subject

that sexy man and i are going to eat strawberries

or

that fat woman is shorter than i (i know it sounds dumb...)

me = object

that fat woman gave the cookies to me

bonus lesson:

fewer = quantifiable

andy has fewer grand slams than roger

less = not quantifiable

andy has less hair than roger
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 02:50 AM   #36
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Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

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That's a bit of a cop out isn't it?
Not really. It's an inevitable thing about languages. There is always lexical, semantic, and syntactic change. Prescriptive grammarians are fighting a losing battle.

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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 07:04 AM   #37
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not if you're trying to say child and losing lol. Oh and i dont think loosing exists but i may be wrong
loose do exist, so loosing could be


but, have to said, Jimi Hendrix does have influenced for using Chile instead of Child
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 07:18 AM   #38
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there's no such thing as loosing. Either you lose your match or your shirt is loose.
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Not really. It's an inevitable thing about languages. There is always lexical, semantic, and syntactic change. Prescriptive grammarians are fighting a losing battle.
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 09:25 AM   #40
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there's no such thing as loosing. Either you lose your match or your shirt is loose.
how about loosing your cow from that rope?
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 09:50 AM   #41
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Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

Also this very basic example:

did+past tense instead of did+present tense ("she did played" vs "she did play")

I don't now why people's keep doing these mistake.

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how about loosing your cow from that rope?
Wouldn't that be "loosen your cow from that rope"?
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 10:03 AM   #42
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Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

'Would of' and 'should of' are my major grammatical bug-bears. I don't like to criticise spelling/grammar because I cringe when I re-read some of my posts () but I've even seen teachers on FB make grammatical blunders like these.
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 11:50 AM   #43
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Also this very basic example:

did+past tense instead of did+present tense ("she did played" vs "she did play")

I don't now why people's keep doing these mistake.
Because someone say it that way in mother language anf then just translate it in english

I'm not sure why would anyone who speaks english as mother language be so much annoyed by spelling of someone else who doesn't speak english as first language
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Old Sep 8th, 2012, 11:55 AM   #44
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Re: The let's learn how to write "a lot" thread

Hmmm . . 2 and 3 seem valid things to remind people about but I have yet to see anyone think "alot" is correct. I'd say that you can safely assume that it's almost always just a typo.
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That's a bit of a cop out isn't it?
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