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6/30/2009 3:23:18   

Any other anal-retentive people having fun finding all the grammatical errors in this thread?

Or rather, are there any other...
Post #: 76
6/30/2009 4:01:57   

With whom did you go to the cinema?


Who did you go to the cinema with?

I hate it when people don't realize the second one is incorrect.
Post #: 77
7/2/2009 11:38:45   

"whom" is possibly the most annoying word for me currently. I sometimes wish it will finally disappear from the English language like it's been threatening to do for a while. I usually just say, "screw you, grammar check" and use "who" because "whom" always gives off that archaic feeling. Then again, I decided to use "whom" in one of my recent stories because it fitted the character.

(Translation: I know perfectly well that the second one is incorrect, but I seriously suggest using the latter in, say, dialogue because the former is extremely awkward. No one talks like that. It's one thing to know grammar and another thing to be chained by it. But learn it first. Then break the rules.)
AQ  Post #: 78
8/1/2009 4:32:08   

The forums.

(I know, I'm a creeper, and I intend on remaining a creeper for a very long time.)
AQ DF  Post #: 79
8/1/2009 6:42:13   

Lets see. Games and IRC o.o... good ol' times.


AQ DF MQ AQW  Post #: 80
8/5/2009 7:54:24   
Sorrowblade XIII

My mom is a ridiculously hardcore Grammar Nazi. To the point where she enforces "rules" that aren't even established rules of the already confusing English language. For example, no one can ever strand a preposition near her, because stranding a preposition is the kind of lazy grammatical error up with which she will not put. And heaven help you if you dare to courageously split infinitives around her, because other languages don't split infinitives - because doing so is technically impossible in just about any other language.

< Message edited by Sorrowblade XIII -- 8/5/2009 8:18:05 >
AQ DF  Post #: 81
8/16/2009 1:40:14   

I have learned all of my grammar from reading books. School isn't that much of a help for me, as I sadly learned in Kindergarten, for even in Grade 7 we were learning about possessives (is that normal?). I have known about and used possessives for a large part of my life. Actually, school isn't much of a help, period. I'm sure I will feel differently once I reach High School though. Hopefully.
AQ  Post #: 82
8/16/2009 8:36:58   

In all my school years I have never found any English class that dealt with grammar in a detailed way. I'm incapable of bringing up technical grammar terms (for example, I have no idea what possessive means). What I know I have learned from books.

Interestingly enough, I'm more proficient in writing English than my first language (of which I had many, many intensive grammar lessons) but did not care much to read in.
AQ DF  Post #: 83
8/16/2009 12:26:18   

I dunno about your school system, but in mine, we basically stopped learning grammar entirely by high school. Except for one random 20-minute lesson by a student teacher. However, if you get grammar wrong on your essays, teachers do take off marks and point them out. I think it's a mentality of "You should know this by now."

I have enough knowledge of grammar terms to be able to express myself when editing, but I probably butcher them more than I get them right. I'm starting to wonder if the very technical English will return in university/college.
AQ  Post #: 84
8/29/2009 19:33:04   

Honest? Books.
My serious writing is extraordinarily grammatically correct. I picked a lot of it up from Rowling, and some from other authors as time went on. My speech, however, is slang mixed with polysyllabic words and nearly unintelligible if you don't make me stop and speak like a normal person.

My spelling I've picked up from British and Australian import books and from fellow Internet users who spell in the British style. My computer hates me spelling "colour" with a "u," but it's just how I write, end of story.
AQ DF MQ  Post #: 85
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