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Theodore Lawton
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In the past few days I can probably count at least a dozen times that I've read something in which the writer used the indefinite article "a" where they should have used "an."

I see it in news articles, job postings, reviews; places you would think that supposed college graduates would know better and have more polished writing and proofreading skills.

I never went to college.

This one little thing drives me crazy. It creates a voice of ignorance when reading something.

I was just reading a review about a Richard Sanders effect in which he was praised as "a excellent teacher."

I'm sure this comes from people sounding out their writing using vernacular slang as they think. They're writing along, all fat and happy, and they're thinking to themselves, "He's uh excellent teacher."

Maybe they could use use better thinking slang; such as, "He's'n excellent teacher." But then I worry that would lead to writing, "He's in excellent teacher."

Alas!

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I also think the dearth of proper grammar stems from the electronic age pulling younger people away from reading and writing. I've heard writers say that if you want to be a good writer you need to read; it's a great way to pick up grammar rules by seeing how it's done by a professional.

Oh well, I promised a little rant. Done.
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On Sep 22, 2015, Theodore Lawton wrote:
Maybe they could use use better thinking slang; such as, "He's'n excellent teacher."

I believe that your ears are deceiving you. It's, "He's nexcellent teacher."

They used to say that about Aldo Colombini. He was nitaly.
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On Sep 22, 2015, S2000magician wrote:
He was nitaly.


Well, that makes sense. After all, he was nitalian.
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Would the equivalent over here be 'merican?
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No. It's "an American," or "a Merican."
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So it's not "can it core a apple"?
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What about an onorary degree?
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You have to ask the chef of the future, NYCtwister, but if I remember correctly that should be "Can it core A apple."
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What a bunch of "loosers."
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What a bunch of "loosers."


This is another one I see ALL the time lately.

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How about the difference between their, there, and they're?

They get chopped up on an regular basis Smile
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I see that alot.



Smile
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I see that alot.



Smile


But do you see it allot? Smile
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Hey, Whats you're problem?
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How about the difference between their, there, and they're?

They get chopped up on an regular basis Smile


Spelling and grammar are too different things.
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Hey Stone, where have you bean?
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On Sep 22, 2015, NYCTwister wrote:
How about the difference between their, there, and they're?

They get chopped up on an regular basis Smile


Spelling and grammar are too different things.



I will try to do gooder.
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On Sep 22, 2015, NYCTwister wrote:
How about the difference between their, there, and they're?

They get chopped up on an regular basis Smile


Spelling and grammar are too different things.


I thought that after "looser" we were expanding the scope of the topic.

My bad.
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Witch wood yew chews?
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Door-to-door salesman knocks on the door and a six-year-old girl answers.

Salesman: "Honey, are your parents home?"

Girl: "They was here but they is gone now."

Salesman: They WAS here?!?!?! They IS gone?!?!?! Honey, where's your grammar?

Girl: "She's in the kitchen baking cookies."
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