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30th May 2019 15:21:09
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I get very irritated at bad spelling and punctuation. I wonder, are these mistakes or just ignorance. My pet hate is the use of, I am assuming, Jamaican slang. I want to write back, you are British for heavens sake, speak like it.
6th Sep 2019 16:25:08
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My current ire is for those who use ´amount’ instead of ´number’, as in ´an amount of cars’ or ´an amount of people’. This would only be appropriate if you were weighing them, or measuring their length etc.
31st Jul 2019 15:18:40
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Bad English Grammar annoys me greatly.

Hearing it or reading it detracts immensely from whatever meaning or pleasure I'm trying to derive from any situation.

What is even worse, is outlandish exaggeration. I of course refer to trend of everybody now claiming that everything is 'awesome'. Another great import from America.

The Grand Canyon is an awesome sight. Witnessing and being a part of the birth of your first child, is an awesome experience. I have no doubt the Hanging Gardens of Babylon were also a magnificent and awesome sight. Pizzas, Coffee, clothes and nights out are not awesome.
Response from KLR made on 31st Jul 2019 21:25:13
I couldn't agree more: my current pet hate is the use of the word "impact" instead of affect or effect, closely followed by using "so" at the beginning of sentences.
31st May 2019 18:22:18
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Why do people think that dogs are dirty when humans are more disgusting than animals
6th Mar 2019 20:14:21
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Nuffink. Should of. Bu''er. Australian inflection. Starting every sentence with "So". The English language is going to hell in a handbasket and the authorities, (Teachers who shouldn't be let within a 100 miles of an infant. Teaching assistants; what a joke that title is. Politicians. Councillors.) are all helping it on its way. What next? Grunting?
Response from jeanmark made on 8th Mar 2019 19:56:24
I take it you are neither a currently employed teacher or a teaching assistant. If you were, you would have more insight into the problems they are having to cope with. Have you ever tried teaching a class of 30 plus pupils? A friend of mine teaches in primary school and her class is small at 36!
6th Mar 2019 21:08:30
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Language is volatile, which is self evident by virtue of the fact that we don’t talk like William Shakespeare, any more. What depresses me is the fact that this volatility, is from the streets, upwards, so it is incumbent on our education system that we maintain a certain standard, as was the case in my youth. PLEASE. For the sake of my sanity!
5th Mar 2019 09:52:40
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So grammar and vocabulary are important, but they are part of communication, not something separate. Vocabulary plays an important part in learning to read. These are important parts of your ability to communicate in English. Of course, your goal is to communicate well when speaking, listening, reading and writing. So, join IELTS Classes in Nagpur is a good place to begin planning your English grammar preparation. And they provide extra lectures of Grammar, Vocabulary building, and communication skills taken for students who are not very confident into it.
24th Feb 2019 18:12:16
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I have two pet hates, more to do with pronunciation, but irritating none the less. These are ‘skelington’ instead of skeleton and ‘somethink’ instead of something. I really struggle not to correct people when they use them
18th Feb 2019 10:23:22
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I'm a non-native English speaker; so I like to read discussion boards on grammar.

What I find somewhat amusing is that some people who express utter disdain for the grammatically challenged have spelling and syntax errors in their post/s.

Sometimes, those with a high and mighty tone are the ones whose grammar and spelling I'm tempted to correct. But I don't.
11th Jan 2019 09:32:14
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The most irritating word at the moment is 'so'. Why, oh why do people have to preface a sentence with it? Is it a stalling mechanism while thoughts are gathered? Is it an affectation learned from other cultures? Whatever the reason, it really annoys me!
Response from reevej made on 11th Feb 2019 22:18:13
I totally agree with you . Unfortunately, it is being used in the media with increasing frequency. My greatest fear is that I will use it myself without being aware. Jen
3rd Feb 2019 10:56:21
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My Grandson tells me grammar is not important any more because the computer will correct it for you. I ask him how does the computer know what you what you mean?
11th Jan 2019 07:02:35
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Why is it so difficult to pronounce the letter t these days, so often it is ignored. And what on earth does the phrase 'ahead of 'mean when announcers talk about something coming before or after something, I don't know what they mean. At the top of the hour presumably means at whatever o clock.
If we gradually erode English and say it does not matter, what on earth are we going to end up with?
Response from DeeAnnJ made on 25th Jan 2019 10:12:50
I wonder what Chaucer, Shakespeare or Jane Austen would make of current English usage.
4th Aug 2018 19:49:42
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Why are TV presenters and others in the media unable to use correct grammer I was taught that liquid is measured in drops not bits e.g. weather forcasters now refer to a bit of rain. One is singular therefore the correct phrase is This one or these not these ones which seems to be used by people who are supposed to be educated to degree level. I wonder how they ever passed their exams. Another pet hate of mine is being adressed as a guy, a group of all females should be addressed as ladies and a mixed sex group as everybody or even folks. I invariably correct anyone who uses "Guys" when i am a member of the party by saying excuse me I am female and not a guy.
Response from jeanmark made on 5th Aug 2018 13:55:17
Invariably, if a weather forecaster said 'drops' of rain, some bright spark would ask how many! As to education, as long as the written grammar is correct, speaking it isn't necessary to gain a degree. Whether we like it or not, we live in modern times and the Queen's english is no longer necessary to be able to communicate and be understood - if it was, half our presenters would be out of a job as they have regional accents.
Response from MarionE6 made on 26th Oct 2018 21:20:32
English still needs a capital letter and a lot of the spoken English by newsreaders and commentators has nothing to do with regional accents but mostly laziness e.g li'le instead of little
Response from jeanmark made on 27th Oct 2018 19:18:44
Oh dear Marion, I believe I have just been reprimanded and I do believe that regional accents can alter the way certain words are spoken. I will in future remember to check that I have used a capital letter when writing the word English and correct all my friends who have strong regional accents. and thus pronounce words 'incorrectly'!
21st Sep 2018 09:29:45
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I have noticed lately that reporters on TV say that something is "not fit the purpose". Surely the correct way to say it would be, it "does not fit the purpose" or "is not fit for the purpose"? Am I just being pedantic?
15th Aug 2018 17:54:35
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Am I alone in cringing at American spelling. In my mind I have to add back the U's and change sidewalk to pavement etc.
English grammar seems to be losing its importance to young people, I wonder what sort of a language English will become in future years.
Response from Yodama made on 15th Aug 2018 23:16:34
Time moves inexorably on David46, what once was, is passing into oblivion.
When the children of the future are fitted with Neural Lace, they will become Cyborg and may not need to spell.
They will be able to interact with everything. Maybe telepathy will be the order of the day and laborious writing and spelling will be buried forever.
Just my hypothesis for what it is worth!
Response from David46 made on 16th Aug 2018 05:40:58
I agree time moves on, I can accept the demise of the semi colon but I still cringe at broadcasters saying things like 'at the top of the hour' and 'ahead of the news's. I don't even know what that means, is it before or after the news?
If telepathy becomes the order of the day that would be disastrous, what would happen when a lady asks you if a dress suits her, you know you would make a diplomatic reply but your brain waves immediately shoot back a reply that it looks ridiculous.
In the matter of grammar maybe I am becoming a grumpy old man, but I remember the unintentionally humourous cry that went up when we went decimal,' why can't they wait until all the old people are dead'?
4th Jul 2018 20:03:12
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Response from Lionel made on 4th Jul 2018 22:38:33
As one schooled in the best traditions of English grammar I agree with you.

No it's not life threatening, but even in my limited and recent experience, many mistaken understandings have occurred.

My step grand children speak in text speak, firing words at me as if from a machine gun. Being a little deaf I only hear the odd word. Again many misunderstandings.

Equally, I detest spell checkers. A couple of years ago I emailed my forty odd year old step daughter who is a good friend. I used the word macerate but in what connection I can't now recall. She quickly responded saying it was just as well she knew me so well. It transpired the spell checker had changed macerate to masturbate!
Response from Lionel made on 6th Jul 2018 00:07:54
I'm so please you had a laugh Calli. I did too when the incident shook down and I could tell my wife.

The thing is, there are so many stories about step father and step daughters that over almost twenty years I have striven to behave in the most proper fashion. To have her contact me with this little faux pas ... well ... it shook me and then it was time for a good laugh. My wife enjoyed it too!

In my limited experience of young people today I'm sure their problem with free flowing conversation, and showing any emotion, is because they spent so much time on line where they write in text speak and show emotions with emojis.

Very recently I asked my seventeen year old step grand daughter whom we brought up for twelve years what she would like for lunch. She fired a tirade of words at me. Now, my being somewhat deaf in one ear thanks to working with pigs for many years, misheard her. I went online looking for a chapatti recipe. My dear, long suffering wife, saw my search and said, she asked for cheese on toast! Such was her volume of machine gunned words aimed at me I hadn't a chance of understanding her.

C'est la vie!
Response from Lionel made on 7th Jul 2018 19:44:00
Extremely expensive too! And she's not my daughter but my step daughter.
5th Jul 2018 08:41:18
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For me improper spelling is worse , So many Kindle books have been spellchecked. but not proofread it is very outputting, Sometimes even enough for me to stop reading the book
23rd May 2018 13:07:39
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Personally, I like to use punctuation marks . To me grammar is very important having said that, I'm not itching to correct other peoples' mistakes.
23rd Mar 2018 09:56:53
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Response from Yodama made on 23rd Mar 2018 14:51:08
GRAMMAR even, rather speak Klingon.
Sandy 58
18th Feb 2018 11:05:55
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Is it not time that we stopped segregating our childern at an early age by sending them to catholic, hindu, muslim, or jewish only schools.. By doing that we are saying our particular religion is best and are not reflecting the multicultural society our children belong to and need to adapt to in life,
Response from Yodama made on 23rd Mar 2018 10:54:48
Absolutely agree with you Sandy58. religion should be taught privately by the parents and their religious institutions, and not in schools.
Religion.. be it belief and worship of a single deity or money or consumer goods or gourmet food does not belong in the halls of academia.
As you say...divisive!
7th Nov 2016 16:52:52
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I have taught English for decades to both children and adults. Most people, it seems, have no idea what grammar is, and they seem to think the silly rules Victorians invented are essential to follow. I tell them to split as many infinitives as they want, start sentences with conjunctions and end them with prepositions. These things are NOT grammar: they are stylistic choices.

Native speakers of a language make very few grammar errors as they have assimilated the system from infancy. For example, when a three year old says "I runned home" it shows s/he has applied a grammatical rule to a verb, expecting it to be regular. No-one taught her/him to say that and s/he will soon learn instinctively what the correct form is.

In some dialects, Standard English grammar is altered in the spoken version [less common in writing] and some will say "I were in town last night" or "when her come back from town". This may not be standard English but for that dialect it is correct.
Response from ecarg made on 7th Nov 2016 19:31:22
rc47. Great the way you have explained the use of language ,it is to be enjoyed not just the language but the different tones sing,song ,harsh. lilting. It can be amusing too, when I moved to Scotland I had to learn that how actually means why shopping is messages and I ken of course means I know. Now I speak English with a few local phrases thrown in ,when I go south now people think I'm Scottish but here they think I'm posh because of my English accent. All of which means people judge others by their accents when the most important thing is to listen to each other and be glad we can communicate at all .
Response from rc47 made on 8th Nov 2016 05:56:25
Hear, hear!
Response from Fruitcake13 made on 8th Nov 2016 17:03:30
I agree with you up to a point, rc47. Spoken dialects very often do alter Standard English grammar, and there's nothing wrong with that at all. My mother was from Aberdeenshire and she came out with all sorts of oddities that were correct in the Doric dialect, but she didn't write in the Doric dialect....she wrote using the correct English spelling and grammar. Regional and local dialects are truly wonderful things, and I would hate to see them lost, but when language is written down it needs to be grammatically correct or it can end up being, at best, misleading in meaning, and, at worst, completely indecipherable.
Response from rc47 made on 8th Nov 2016 18:47:19
Of course everything you say is right, Fruitcake13, but it all hangs on the phrase "grammatically correct". Who decides what is correct? Is that for all time? For all places from Birmingham to Ottawa to Singapore? Grammar, like spelling and punctuation, has changed over the years and from one place to another. For example, many Brits today abhor the American word "gotten" without realising it was a British English word first and went to the States with the Pilgrim Fathers: they kept it while it fell out of use here. Does that make it correct or not? Similarly, pedants detest the use of the comma splice but it is so common now that it is becoming acceptable [thus correct?].
Response from Fruitcake13 made on 8th Nov 2016 20:07:58
No, it's not for all time, rc47, language evolves and I have no problem with that evolution in principle. You're absolutely right about the word 'gotten' being a British English word originally. Words (and language in general) do indeed evolve, and that's as it should be, since it happens quite naturally. To take the example of the word 'gotten', it's fine if the Americans want to use it, but when I hear it used here in the UK it grates on my ears! The British people that I hear using the word 'gotten' are generally young, and I'm pretty sure that they have picked it up from the American influences that have pervaded our current society. I suspect that very few of those British people who use the word 'gotten' know that it was once in common usage here.

My problem with grammatically incorrect phraseology (and the added problem of the influence of 'text-speak') is not that the English language is evolving, but that it's evolving into the incomprehensible.
Response from ian blair made on 19th Jan 2018 21:15:14
Having lived in more than one country whose first language is English, I have" gotten used" to hearing words used out of context. I still prefer this to "got used" and when compared with "forgotten and forgot"
My real pet hate is when people write " could of" instead of " could've.
Response from Lionel made on 22nd Jan 2018 17:17:22
My particular pet hate is people, in mid sentence, asking, 'know what mean?'

Having a very short fuse my wife has needed to rein me in a few times as my response can often quite disarming.

'Madame, if I didn't know what you meant I wouldn't bother to ask,' or 'yes I do, but do you know, and I mean fully understand the import of your statement?'

Yes, I'm fairly popular among supermarket shoppers.
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