Author Topic: Grammar that makes you cringe  (Read 375507 times)

Kim

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5375 on: September 01, 2019, 01:24:05 pm »
It a natural preamble and as such forms a useful part of speech.  Obviously it's redundant in writing, but this sort of thing is an occupational hazard with informal writing styles.
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5376 on: September 02, 2019, 01:02:49 am »
Well, I think I agree with you

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5378 on: September 16, 2019, 09:33:42 pm »
My 2p on the "so" meme:

I will start a sentence with "So" as a shorter form of "And therefore".  So I wouldn't start a paragraph with it - it acts as a weak conjunction joining the two sentences.

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5379 on: September 17, 2019, 07:07:55 am »
A pub for people who preserve the distinction between plural and singular.
Funnily enough (?) I've just heard Paul Merton survive a related challenge on Just A Minute;
he'd used:
"Innkeepers"
&
"Innkeeper's"
 and thus gained a point for an incorrect challenge.
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5380 on: September 30, 2019, 01:11:56 pm »
Photograph captions in the past tense are horrible, e.g. in the NYT article on Roy Cohn's FBI file.

https://www.nytimes.com/2019/09/29/nyregion/roy-cohn-fbi-file-trump.html

OK, photographs are always of past events but the caption describes or elucidates what is happening in the picture, so the present tense is appropriate. Past tense is meh: "Roy Cohn questioned a witness in 1954 at a United States Senate hearing." You betcha.

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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5381 on: September 30, 2019, 01:56:20 pm »
I went to the dentist today, where I was able to read on a display screen that was alternating adverts for very expensive dental procedures and 'interesting' facts;  "The oldest dentures were found in the 3rd century BC"
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5382 on: October 07, 2019, 08:00:35 am »
Invite used as a noun.
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Re: Grammar that makes you cringe
« Reply #5383 on: October 07, 2019, 09:01:07 am »
I note that it follows the verb/noun stress differentiation seen in record and other two-syllable verbs that serve as nouns.
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