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Al Angello
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I am no longer a Grammar Host, but I still have nice people anxious to help me with my spelling, and punctuation. Perhaps you should volunteer for the Grammar Host position, you seem to be very interested in correcting people.
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On 2009-11-04 13:07, sweetypie2019 wrote:
My pet peeve is when people mix up their and there. I mean, seriously...is it that difficult to know the difference?

They're just not paying attention.
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On 2010-05-14 12:17, Al Angello wrote:
Josh Chaikin
I am no longer a Grammar Host, but I still have nice people anxious to help me with my spelling, and punctuation. Perhaps you should volunteer for the Grammar Host position, you seem to be very interested in correcting people.


My apologies if I offended you, it wasn't my intent. I was trying to be ironic more than anything, sorry if it didn't come off that way.
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Irony is a great source of humor. Perhaps I should not be so easily offended.
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gnosis
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Some of my pet peeves:

wrong: Your wrong.
right: You're wrong.

Using the word "your" instead of "you're" is probably the most common spelling
mistake there is. All you have to remember is that "you're" is a contraction of "you
are" (think of the apostrophe as keeping the two words apart), and "your" is
the possessive (as in "your mom!").

wrong: What a waist of time.
right: What a waste of time.

The "waist" is the anatomical feature of your body around which your pants hang.

wrong: It's handle is broken.
right: Its handle is broken.

wrong: Its broken.
right: It's broken.

"Its" is the possessive. "It's" is a contraction of "it is".
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Lately I've noticed a number of people throwing in superfluous apostrophes; in particular, there seems to be a strong contingent who believe that plurals deserve apostrophes.

Example: "I did a show a couple of day's ago."

Odd.

(It's, by the way, can also be a contraction of it has; e.g., It's been fun.)

"Would of", "could of", and "should of" are also bizarre (instead of "would've", "could've", and "should've", respectively). I understand that the sound is correct, but functionally "of" makes no sense in those constructions.
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Here’s some hints I have been given:

‘To,’ ‘two,’ ‘too.’
‘To’ can be pronounced as ‘Ta’ or ‘Tah;’ the other two can’t.
‘Two’ is the name of a number.
If it isn’t a number and it can’t be pronounced ‘tah,’ then it’s ‘too.’
“Would it be too much tah ask for you tah go the market tah buy two dozen eggs and maybe some ham, too!”

‘It’s,’ ‘its.’
‘It’s’ is a contraction. Contractions always have an apostrophe.
‘Its’ is a possessive pronoun. Possessive pronouns (e.g., ‘his,’ ‘her,’ ‘our,’ ‘ours,’ ‘their,’ ‘mine’) never have apostrophes.
“He’s [He is] in the driver’s [possessive noun] seat but it’s [it is] her [possessive pronoun] car.”
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I really hate it when people use the word "to" when they should be using the word "too". It's like nails on a chalkboard.

wrong: "... to much", "... to heavy"
right: "... too much", "... too heavy"

wrong: "I liked it to."
right: "I liked it too."

This is a really common error in the Magic Café forums. I see it all the time. I want to jump in and correct the misspelling, but correcting someone's spelling is considered rude and often taken as if it was meant to be a personal insult, even if (and especially if) the correction is correct. No wonder so many people spell so poorly. They could easily be taught to spell well, but everyone's too polite to help them.

Here's another relatively common spelling mistake I saw again recently: using "add" instead of "ad". The word "add" describes the act of adding (think of "addition"), such as adding two numbers together. The word "ad" is short for "advertisement".

wrong: "Did you see the add on tv last night?"
right: "Did you see the ad on tv last night?"

wrong: "Please ad two and two."
right: "Please add two and two."

Another typical example, in reference to someone adding you to their friends list (typically on MySpace):

wrong: "Thanks for the ad."
right: "Thanks for the add."

It's an addition to a friends list, not an advertisement.
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On 2010-07-07 13:58, Thom Bliss wrote:
Here’s some hints I have been given:

‘To,’ ‘two,’ ‘too.’
‘To’ can be pronounced as ‘Ta’ or ‘Tah;’ the other two can’t.
‘Two’ is the name of a number.
If it isn’t a number and it can’t be pronounced ‘tah,’ then it’s ‘too.’
“Would it be too much tah ask for you tah go the market tah buy two dozen eggs and maybe some ham, too!”


Thanks,very helpful!
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I was always taught that when using "to" "two" and "too", substitute the word also. If it fits, then the word is "too".
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On 2010-07-17 16:25, Dave Scribner wrote:
I was always taught that when using "to" "two" and "too", substitute the word also. If it fits, then the word is "too".


It could also mean "very", as in "too cool!" (which means "very cool!", not "also cool!"), or "too much" (which means "very much", not "also much").
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On 2010-07-17 17:36, gnosis wrote:
It could also mean "very", as in "too cool!" (which means "very cool!", not "also cool!"), or "too much" (which means "very much", not "also much").


Actually, that should be "overly" or "excessively", not "very". A subtle difference, but enough of one for a pedant like me. Smile
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There's always an exception to the rule in the English language. I don't think many will use "overly" in place of too or very but you are correct in the absolute.
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With all due respect, as a poor speller I am bothored by people who make posts only to criticize your spelling, or punctuation when you are on a roll. I am beyond help, but my thoughts are clear, and this is not a school teachers forum.
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When I make a mistake in spelling (and I've made plenty in my time, believe me.. English is my second language) I am very grateful, assuming they're not doing it in a condescending manner or acting like I'm stupid just because I spelled something wrong. We all make mistakes, and that's fine. But I just enjoy learning and improving, and if someone can help me do that then I am thankful.
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English is my first language, but I spell like it is my second language. LOL
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To help, use Firefox browser, it has a spell checker built into it.
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On 2006-09-02 13:21, Mike T wrote:
Everybody has a slip up now and again (whether mental or physical) but I recently shared a tip (by PM) with a user who was getting slated for his spelling. My tip seems to have made a difference so I thought I'd share it around.
After typing a post I cut and paste it into an email and then spell check it, amend if necessary and then cut and paste it back. I know there's loads of programs that will check grammar as well so that would be even better but everyone's got email spell check and hey, it's a start.
The best thing is that it takes seconds to do.

Regards to all, Mike

I guess the grammatical error in the OP slipped by the old spell check!
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I've never understood poor spelling. When I was in elementary school I used to enter spelling competitions. I think I won four or five over the years. Even as a child I couldn't understand why some couldn't spell. All I had to do when asked to spell a word is see the picture of the written word in my head as my eyes had seen many times while reading. I would simply "look" at the word in my head and then say it for the judges to hear. I didn't understand why everyone didn't do the same. When you read, you see the words written out on paper. Is it not a simple matter to just remember what the word looks like and then reproduce it? Perhaps this is not the case for everyone. Believe me, I don't think I'm smarter than others because I can spell well, I just don't really know how it's possible to be a poor speller provided english is your first language and you know how to read. Can any of you poor spellers enlighten me?
Genuinely curious, Rodney.
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On 2010-07-29 09:57, magicfish wrote:
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On 2006-09-02 13:21, Mike T wrote:
Everybody has a slip up now and again (whether mental or physical) but I recently shared a tip (by PM) with a user who was getting slated for his spelling. My tip seems to have made a difference so I thought I'd share it around.
After typing a post I cut and paste it into an email and then spell check it, amend if necessary and then cut and paste it back. I know there's loads of programs that will check grammar as well so that would be even better but everyone's got email spell check and hey, it's a start.
The best thing is that it takes seconds to do.

Regards to all, Mike

I guess the grammatical error in the OP slipped by the old spell check!


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