Well, you asked for it! Grammar and spelling thread

  1. In general, I don't really care whether your spelling and grammar is perfect. To me, this Board is more like chat--and typos, grammar, and spelling aren't important as long as your post is understandable.

    Having taken my stand--

    "It's" means "it is." If you can substitute "it is" in a sentence, use the apostrophe. If your sentence no longer makes sense when you substitute "it is", then drop the apostrophe.

    Example: "The breast-feeding thread took on a life of {its, it's}(test: IT IS) own. "Its" would be correct here.

    By the same token, "who's" is also a contraction meaning "who is," and is distinguished from the possessive "whose." To get the correct one, just substitute the same way as in the first example.

    Any other general grammar or spelling errors that really get yer eyes crossed when you see them? Please briefly enlighten us.
    Last edit by Sleepyeyes on Mar 12, '03
  2. 298 Comments

  3. by   Ted
    tank, ewe!

    It's very nice of ewe too ofer such sugestshuns

  4. by   Sleepyeyes

    Aw gee, Ted, I woulda posted this as a poll but I lack the imagination.
  5. by   jnette
    to lose something as opposed to "loose" something (which would really be to "loosen" something...

    how about "there" books instead of their books...
    oh gosh, Sleepeyes, don't get me started... it's one of my pet peeves...
  6. by   Furball
    I ain't never seen the bestset post here ever
  7. by   karenG
    what happens if I post and get the spelling wrong because I'm scots- ie colour! hope you won't get too cross with me!

  8. by   Furball

    This thread is sorely needed! lol
  9. by   fab4fan
    here/hear..."appauled" instead of "appalled"..."prolly" instead of "probably"...using "there is" when the object is plural, meaning one should use "there are"...who/whom..."alot" instead of "a lot"

    And ending a sentence with a preposition is something up with which I will not put...LOL!
  10. by   Sleepyeyes
    Go fer it, Jnette!!
  11. by   Sleepyeyes
    Originally posted by karenG
    what happens if I post and get the spelling wrong because I'm scots- ie colour! hope you won't get too cross with me!

    Real spelling fanatics know that (and rack up the Scrabble points using those forms. )
  12. by   Sleepyeyes
    Oh yeah, another one:

    I'm "grateful," not "greatful."
  13. by   Furball
    whiner...not whinner
  14. by   jnette
    ... had better not, Sleepyeyes! Would most likely offend somebody. I'll zip it up ! I know we all get to typing rather quickly at times.. I know I do ! And many of the misspells occur that way. But as for the grammar.. now that's another story altogether! To me, spelling and grammer errors are akin to hearing the wrong key played on the piano..OUCH !!!

    But as you said.. this is really more of a chat opportunity, and people get excited, frustrated, etc., so I don't think they're thinking too much about spelling errors or proper grammar...they're just wanting to vent, shout, share, cry, applaud, and be REAL !

    What gets me, is where I live, I have to HEAR the errors constantly.. and although I know in my head that it is truly more of a "cultural" thing.. a local thing, I have often wondered how they would put it in writing, as in Nursing Notes, for example.

    "I seen my patient fall out of bed". Ah well. Ya gotta love 'em, right? :kiss It's the heart, not the spelling or grammar that matters.