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post #46 of 202
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Originally Posted by dah328
The quote was from Paul Bettany. I doubt it was an homage to Nabokov.
You're probably right, but he sleeps with Jennifer Connelly, so he wins.
post #47 of 202
Guys that use proper grammar must finish last.
post #48 of 202
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Originally Posted by dah328
Guys that use proper grammar must finish last.

Guys who use proper grammar must finish last.
post #49 of 202
Even if a proper noun begins with a lowercase letter like 'eBay' or 'imageWIS', you must still capitalize the first letter if it is the first word in a sentence.
post #50 of 202
Not adding 's to a singular noun that ends in s when you want to make it possessive. It is Chris's car, not Chris' car.

I am also a huge nitpicker with parallel construction, but in a different sense. I hate to read or hear "adjective noun, adjective noun, adverb verb, adjective noun." Ack, keep it consistent.

And the comma splice. I hate it hate it hate it.

My two latest peeves:

Using "woman" instead of "female". A woman-news reporter? No, she's a female news-reporter.

and

Mis-using "amount" and "number". Amount refers to a singular and number refers to a plural. The example I run across: "The amount of pollutants" No. It is "the number of pollutants" and "the amount of pollution." Pollutants = plurarl, pollution = singular.

I spent the fall semester teaching a freshman seminar course. It was torture at times.

bob
post #51 of 202
"They" is not a singular pronoun.
post #52 of 202
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Originally Posted by Vintage Gent
"They" is not a singular pronoun.
This one I'm willing to break every so often. We don't have an equivalent of the French "ons." We need one.
post #53 of 202
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Originally Posted by rdawson808
I spent the fall semester teaching a freshman seminar course. It was torture at times.


Just imagine how frustrated you'd have been had it been grad school -- the situation likely wouldn't have been any better.

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Originally Posted by rdawson808
I am also a huge nitpicker with parallel construction, but in a different sense. I hate to read or hear "adjective noun, adjective noun, adverb verb, adjective noun." Ack, keep it consistent.

I don't get this one. Example?
post #54 of 202
When I hear "I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less," I tend to dismiss the speaker as ignorant, ill-bred and uneducated. That's how much I hate it.
post #55 of 202
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Originally Posted by Nantucket Red
When I hear "I could care less" instead of "I couldn't care less," I tend to dismiss the speaker as ignorant, ill-bred and uneducated. That's how much I hate it.

We could care less. We like bein' ignernt.
post #56 of 202
I also hate it when people (mostly sports broadcasters and writers) use the word "literally" to describe something that is, well, not literal. (e.g. "Edgerin James literally flew down the field" - no, no he didn't).

Also, when comparing two of anything, the appropriate word is "better" (e.g. "I've seen Joe and Rob play tennis, and Joe is the better player"). The word "best" should only be used when comparing more than two (e.g. "of the three of them, he was the best tennis player").
post #57 of 202
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Originally Posted by Margaret
Just imagine how frustrated you'd have been had it been grad school -- the situation likely wouldn't have been any better. I don't get this one. Example?
An example of proper parallel construction...dangit, I knew someone would ask. I can never think of one. Let me see if I can steal one from the internet. Incorrect: Penelope uses trickery to fight off the suitors, while Athene is also a trickster when helping Telemachos. Revised: Penelope uses trickery to fight off the suitors, while Athene uses it to help Telemachos. (taken from: http://humanities.ucsd.edu/writing/g...21parallel.htm without any permission) Note, the first is verb (uses; is) then noun, while the second is verb then verb (uses; uses). It's not quite what I was saying, but very similar. Ahh, here's one akin to what I was saying: "Martin felt the movie was boring, silly, and was too long." Adjective-boring, adjective-silly, verb-was (taken from http://www.myenglishteacher.net/parallelism.html also without permission.) bob
post #58 of 202
I cringe everytime I hear a jock talk about "myself".
post #59 of 202
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Originally Posted by JBZ
I also hate it when people (mostly sports broadcasters and writers) use the word "literally" to describe something that is, well, not literal. (e.g. "Edgerin James literally flew down the field" - no, no he didn't).

Hey, I use that. It's just good ol' fashioned hyper-hyperbole.

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Originally Posted by rdawson808
Incorrect: Penelope uses trickery to fight off the suitors, while Athene is also a trickster when helping Telemachos....

Ah, gotcha.

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Originally Posted by rdawson808
(taken from: http://humanities.ucsd.edu/writing/g...21parallel.htm without any permission)

Wow, you are a stickler! Don't read any of my posts!

Which begs the question, is it a 'post' or a 'posting'? I'm reminded of an English teacher I once had: "It's not a 'quote', ladies and gentlemen -- it's a 'quotation'."
post #60 of 202
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Originally Posted by Dakota rube
I cringe everytime I hear a jock talk about "myself".

ESPN reporters are even worse. They must be taught that only dumb people say "me."
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