A quick lesson...

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    Jun 23, 2008 6:11 PM GMT
    After reading some of the forums today... I noticed a nasty little trend. It seems as though the majority are in ignorant bliss on the usage of there/their/they're and it's v.s. its. Now - risking sounding like the total grammar Nazi I am - here we go.

    There, their, and they're

    "There" is usually used to express location, a point in an action, as a pronoun (a substitute for a noun - which is probably your subject), or as an interjection.

    "There are no condoms left."

    "There! I finished!"

    "You can mount him, but you are on your own from there on."

    "Their" expresses possession - such as...

    "I want to see their bodies without clothes on."

    "They're" is a contraction of "they" and "are"

    "They're on their way"

    "They are on their way"

    It's v.s. Its

    "It's" is a contraction of "it" and "is" IT DOES NOT SHOW POSSESSION!!!

    "It's raining outside thereby making the men all wet."

    "It is raining outside thereby making the men all wet."

    "Its" (the often under used) is used to show possession (NO there is not an apostrophe).

    "Where is its wig?"

    "Where is the wig of it?"
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    Jun 23, 2008 6:30 PM GMT
    I know the difference, but occasionally the brain slips up and types the homonym. And sometimes, the brain, nasty bastard that it is, types an entirely different word. Sometimes, I proofread before I post, but sometimes I rely on my inerrant perfection. After all, thread posts are usually pretty ephemeral and valueless. Well, except for the LOLcats, they are timeless and profound.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jun 23, 2008 6:32 PM GMT
    OMG, not another one icon_confused.gif

    Too much education is messing with your heads icon_rolleyes.gif

    Isn't their something better you could be doing with your time icon_question.gif

    Their are lots of hobbies you could be doing icon_wink.gif





















    Just joking icon_lol.gif Their! I'm finished now. icon_lol.gif

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    Jun 23, 2008 8:59 PM GMT
    MikePhil saidOMG, not another one icon_confused.gif

    Too much education is messing with your heads icon_rolleyes.gif

    Isn't their something better you could be doing with your time icon_question.gif

    Their are lots of hobbies you could be doing icon_wink.gif





















    Just joking icon_lol.gifTheir! I'm finished now. icon_lol.gif



    AHHHHHHHH!!!!!!
  • UncleverName

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    Jun 23, 2008 9:44 PM GMT
    I'm right there with Caslon.
    I know how to use them, my brain just types the wrong things sometimes, and I'm just too lazy to bother proof-reading a post to a forum.
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    Jun 23, 2008 9:46 PM GMT
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  • MattyC0709

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    Jun 23, 2008 9:52 PM GMT
    I always check my posts, usually after posting them though. I post it, and then re-read and edit where necessary.
  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jun 23, 2008 9:57 PM GMT
    My old pal Chuckles, used to always correct me on "your" and "you're"

    Ah, the good old days.
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    Jun 23, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    Check this out....is this good grammur, boys?

    Them their grammur rools dont meen nuthin!
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    Jun 23, 2008 9:58 PM GMT
    LMFAO a972guy!

    Jrdnstatz, if grammer is a major issue for you, don't look at the posts with lolcats. It's horrendous!

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  • MikePhilPerez

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    Jun 23, 2008 10:11 PM GMT
    There, They're, Their, now stop making fun.

    Its, It's, a class room, and we are having a grammar lesson, so behave.


    icon_lol.gif Oh how I love those threads icon_lol.gif


    Sorry teach icon_redface.gif

    I think you should give us all and exercise to do icon_wink.gif

  • Jun 24, 2008 12:37 AM GMT
    I am glad that you choose sentences that were relevant to us, so that the lesson would stick with us icon_lol.gif
  • EricLA

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    Jun 24, 2008 12:48 AM GMT
    Jrdnstatz,

    Thanks for this. But if you really want a challenge, would you take a look at some of Pattison's posts?
  • Squarejaw

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    Jun 24, 2008 1:00 AM GMT
    Okay, but can you punctuate this sentence so that it makes sense:

    James while John had had had had had had had had had had had a better effect on the teacher.
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    Jun 24, 2008 1:14 AM GMT
    We're back in grammar school, it seems:

    James, while John had had "had," had had "had had"; "had had" had had a better effect on the teacher.
  • Sirkit

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    Jun 24, 2008 1:19 AM GMT
    Meh it's a forum not a thesis. Use of proper contractions isn't exactly astoundingly important in a web environment. If your in school or writing for your boss it's always good to keep such things in mind, though.
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    Jun 24, 2008 1:38 AM GMT
    "Its" has always been the one to stump me since junior high. I managed to grasp the enter internal mechanics of the english language, but "it's" and "its" have always seem to excape grasp. Sometimes I even guess at it and see if anyone comes back to correct me; if I hadn't doubled back and figured it out myself before posting.
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    Jun 24, 2008 2:00 AM GMT
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    Jun 24, 2008 2:14 AM GMT
    Honestly who cares. The only people who seem to matter about such things tend to be the ones who are anal about the littlest of things. I doubt the proper usage or in this case the lack of they're, their, and there would stop any of you here from screwing around with somone and if it does I think ya'll might wanna check yourselves because clearly proper grammer isn't the problem. If you're gonna nitpick about one type of spelling then you might as well go the full 9 yards and be anal about every form of grammar and punctuation there is. Don't be selective. That makes a person appear worse and eventually hypocritical since everyone here has messed up at some point and time.

    Also I wouldn't be so quick to use a word like ignorant in a situation like this and or to bother trying to educate and correct people one here since this really isn't the type of place to do such a thing and I wouldn't think anyone here is in any position to even do such a thing. I think most of us here are smart enough to decode what people are trying to say even if they do misspell and don't use proper grammar and punctuation.
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    Jun 24, 2008 4:31 AM GMT
    I'm glad you looked into this so deeply...

    [Sarcasm aside]

    I would like to state that I never once declared any of the following: that I was not a nit-picker (intentional double negative), that I would actually look down on someone for something so frivolous, that I sometimes write satire, that I am perfect.

    And besides... I decided on the words I did because they appear to be the most common offenders (which was stated).

    I am sorry to have offended your sensibilities. I hope this doesn't have to happen again.

    -JS
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    Jun 24, 2008 4:32 AM GMT
    EricLA saidJrdnstatz,

    Thanks for this. But if you really want a challenge, would you take a look at some of Pattison's posts?


    Oh, dear god - been there, done that!
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:12 AM GMT
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:18 AM GMT
    I love it! Fantastic. icon_twisted.gif
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:27 AM GMT
    i'm really glad someone brought this up. i for one never read anything i type, but i'm the first to judge someone for messing up your and youre. see? i'll even accept it without an apostrophe, just don't mess that one up. but what i'd really like to know is when are we going to have a serious discussion about the use of emoticons. I for one find them morally reprehensible.
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    Jun 24, 2008 5:36 AM GMT
    Well personally they give me nightmares... but I wouldn't get offended by them if someone applied them to a forum post or a ridiculous email.

    However, if a coworker were to plaster a memo with them... that would leave me off put.