One tiny little bit thing but really start to freak me out...

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    Aug 04, 2008 1:55 PM GMT
    Why there are so many guys using the word "then" in a sentence while the correct word(I suppose)should be "than"?These are two VERY different words,one is a n./adj./adv. and the other is prep./conj.

    It came up so many times that I`m really starting to freak out a little bit and questioning meself.Did I get that right back in school?
  • ShawnTX

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    Aug 04, 2008 2:11 PM GMT
    A little bit dramtic, if this is freaking you out, but it would depend on what they are saying, so I suppose you would have to give an example.

    BTW, the title to this thread is grammatically flawed.
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:03 PM GMT
    Wow, another "i'm sick of people using improper grammar!" post! I didn't realize so many gay men had English degrees!

    Guys, let me say this now; there is a big difference between formal (written) english and colloquial english. Your more likely to find the latter on these forums (and notice i said "your"), because the setting is informal, and you do not need proper grammar to get your point across.

    As long as people still understand what your saying, you're grammar doesnt have to be perfect icon_wink.gif
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:05 PM GMT
    Because they are Stupid!
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    I am beginning to get the impression that half of Australia is the cutest and nicest bunch of people...and the other half is barking mad! ... icon_eek.gif

    Altho maybe the presence of One in the sampling may be skewing and coloring the results a bit...ok, a whole lot.
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:10 PM GMT
    This is freaking you out? Really?icon_rolleyes.gif. Wow, buddy you might want to go find a hobby. Something to occupy your down time.
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:31 PM GMT
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:45 PM GMT
    terryf saidWhy there are so many guys using the word "then" in a sentence while the correct word(I suppose)should be "than"?These are two VERY different words,one is a n./adj./adv. and the other is prep./conj.

    It came up so many times that I`m really starting to freak out a little bit and questioning meself.Did I get that right back in school?


    It's the new millenium which now means that being ignorant is cool. Rent "Idiocracy".
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    Aug 04, 2008 3:46 PM GMT
    terryf saidWhy there are so many guys using the word "then" in a sentence while the correct word(I suppose)should be "than"?These are two VERY different words,one is a n./adj./adv. and the other is prep./conj.

    It came up so many times that I`m really starting to freak out a little bit and questioning meself.Did I get that right back in school?



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    Aug 04, 2008 3:48 PM GMT
    BearCub17 saidWow, another "i'm sick of people using improper grammar!" post! I didn't realize so many gay men had English degrees!

    Guys, let me say this now; there is a big difference between formal (written) english and colloquial english. Your more likely to find the latter on these forums (and notice i said "your"), because the setting is informal, and you do not need proper grammar to get your point across.

    As long as people still understand what your saying, you're grammar doesnt have to be perfect icon_wink.gif


    I disagree with you on this one BearCub, just because it's informal (colloquial) doesn't mean that inappropriate use of words is appropriate. Informal would refer to perhaps how you address someone or, as is very common these days, the use of the word "like" 50 times in your sentence but not the word being incorrectly utilized or misspelled.

    I'm far from perfect but I agree with Terry that it's annoying to see guys misuse words very regularly. An error is acceptable but consistently incorrect usage is just illiterate. IMHO.
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    Aug 04, 2008 4:03 PM GMT


    terryf,

    could you copy and paste an example of this? I've seen it, but usually as a typo.
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    Aug 04, 2008 4:07 PM GMT
    eb925guy saidI disagree with you on this one BearCub, just because it's informal (colloquial) doesn't mean that inappropriate use of words is appropriate. Informal would refer to perhaps how you address someone or, as is very common these days, the use of the word "like" 50 times in your sentence but not the word being incorrectly utilized or misspelled.

    I'm far from perfect but I agree with Terry that it's annoying to see guys misuse words very regularly. An error is acceptable but consistently incorrect usage is just illiterate. IMHO.


    I see where you are coming from, and I agree with the idea. The problem is that informality is subjective; one man's informality is another one's error (like the use of "like").

    That being said, if the OP wants to be taken seriously about grammar complaints, he should make sure that his complaint is grammatically correct.
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    Aug 04, 2008 4:18 PM GMT
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    Aug 04, 2008 4:27 PM GMT
    eb925guy said

    I disagree with you on this one BearCub, just because it's informal (colloquial) doesn't mean that inappropriate use of words is appropriate. Informal would refer to perhaps how you address someone or, as is very common these days, the use of the word "like" 50 times in your sentence but not the word being incorrectly utilized or misspelled.

    I'm far from perfect but I agree with Terry that it's annoying to see guys misuse words very regularly. An error is acceptable but consistently incorrect usage is just illiterate. IMHO.


    Hmm well i guess we'll have to agree to dissagree on this one. I feel that as long as you're getting your point across effectively, grammar shouldn't really be important. However, i do agree with the "like" issue, because it inhibits your vocalization of your point, and thus does matter because you're not getting your point across effectively.

    But as far as their/there/they're, to/too/two, your/you're, etc. etc. etc... As long as people understand what you mean, improper grammar, syntax and/or usage should be non-issues
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    Aug 04, 2008 4:33 PM GMT
    joggerva saidThat being said, if the OP wants to be taken seriously about grammar complaints, he should make sure that his complaint is grammatically correct.


    OK, I just reread the OP, and I don't think he was being a grammar nazi. I think he was genuinely unsure of the correct usage.

    terry, you are correct that they should be used differently:

    Use than as a word indicating comparison.
    Use then as a word indicating time.
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    Aug 04, 2008 4:34 PM GMT
    BearCub17 said
    But as far as their/there/they're, to/too/two, your/you're, etc. etc. etc... As long as people understand what you mean, improper grammar, syntax and/or usage should be non-issues
    Well, I do get their point, it's easy to figure out what they're saying however, does reflect upon their understanding of the use. Honestly, I don't think a lot of people realize that they've used a word improperly, I guess that's what really bugs me, but I don't lose sleep over it and I wouldn't keep from responding to someone's comments because of it.
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:13 PM GMT
    wow,didn`t think I would get this many responses.Just wanna make a statement that I`m actually born in China,and studying in australian university right now,so English is not my first language.I do check a few times before post anything and try to make sure there is no mistakes.

    The main reason I posted this is because I really start to questioning myself if I remember these two words correctly.What a relief I must say.

    And I do think there is a difference between "informal word(s)" and "wrong word(s)".If anybody is offended I apologise.icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:16 PM GMT
    You're in Australia learning English??? ... icon_confused.gif ...you're fucked! ... icon_eek.gif


    j/k
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:18 PM GMT
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:21 PM GMT
    Of course I`m not learning English here Caslon lol.Most Chinese kids start to learn some English quite young and I started around 8.icon_razz.gif You are so cute.

    But I do have to admit australian accent is a bit hard to understand since I`m used to American accent.
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:32 PM GMT
    Caslon5000 saidYou're in Australia learning English??? ... icon_confused.gif ...you're fucked! ... icon_eek.gif
    j/k
    hey terryf, don't listen to Caslon and for goodness sake don't tell him he's cute! Damn, he'll be posting LOLCats all over in celebration and probably ones that have Australian accents at that! LOL
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    Aug 04, 2008 5:51 PM GMT
    Sedative said
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    Hey Guys, don't forget:


    Sucks Syntax!
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    Aug 04, 2008 6:16 PM GMT
    terryf saidWhy there are so many guys using the word "then" in a sentence while the correct word(I suppose)should be "than"?These are two VERY different words,one is a n./adj./adv. and the other is prep./conj.

    It came up so many times that I`m really starting to freak out a little bit and questioning meself.Did I get that right back in school?



    .....really?

    Freaking out.

    Really?icon_confused.gif
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    Aug 04, 2008 7:44 PM GMT
    Thirdbeach said
    Sedative said
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    Hey Guys, don't forget:


    Sucks Syntax!




    True dat!