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Old 11th Dec 2018, 07:45
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Sadly, from my observations, there seem to be many primary schools which don't teach primary school English nowadays.
My children were raised in France. Their English lessons were taught by an American. His grammar was OK but his spelling was dreadful.

The other day, I noticed my keyboard options on an app were, 'English (American)' or 'English (International)'. When discussing this with French friends, it was interesting to note the slow dawning that 'England' and 'English' were, somehow, connected....
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 10:16
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Originally Posted by strake View Post
My children were raised in France. Their English lessons were taught by an American. His grammar was OK but his spelling was dreadful.

The other day, I noticed my keyboard options on an app were, 'English (American)' or 'English (International)'. When discussing this with French friends, it was interesting to note the slow dawning that 'England' and 'English' were, somehow, connected....
Most of the software I use has just one option in the list of languages - English (US)
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Old 11th Dec 2018, 15:13
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There was a young man from Japan,
Whose verses would rhyme but not scan,
When asked why he did it,
he paused for a minute,
Then said "I like to get as many words in the last line as I possibly Can".
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 10:53
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But road signs can be erudite. I am always impressed when visiting Liverpool to see signs to their "Football Stadia".

And here's one:


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Old 12th Dec 2018, 16:43
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Originally Posted by seafire6b View Post
Seeing you've started a thread appertaining to grammar - in your opening sentence, "whats" lacked its required apostrophe and further, the whole sentence needed a question mark.

Also, "it's", with an apostrophe, can only mean "it is" or "it has", nothing else. However, the possessive case, "its", never has an apostrophe. Not many people know that - particularly it seems, amongst PPRuNers! To verify, just type "it's or its" into your search engine.
SallyAnn was more subtle.
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 17:00
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When writing, I simply the follow the rule of imagining myself in the recipient's place
Not proof reading proves the point.
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 17:06
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Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
SallyAnn was more subtle.
Too subtle, I fear.
Post #7 seems to have been missed by those who followed, (and not all of the subsequent 'corrections' were correct).
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Old 12th Dec 2018, 21:33
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When writing, I simply the follow the rule of imagining myself in the recipient's place
Originally Posted by Pontius Navigator View Post
Not proof reading proves the point.

Whoops! Even if I untruthfully claimed a stutter, I'm aware that wouldn't help! I must've read through half a dozen times, yet somehow still managed to "read it OUT".

Meanwhile, anything else arising from the subtle critiques? Apostrophe okay? That caused some thought, between "the recipient's place" or "the recipients' place(s?)". I reflected that I only ever write to one person at a time! Unless you include an online forum? But then that's singular ...

Will try harder!


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Old 13th Dec 2018, 18:11
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Don't forget that commas can kill!

If you don't believe me try this telegraph message to Yuma Prison.

"Hang not, reprieved"
vs
"Hang, not reprieved"

Damn that rapid Morse Code.
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Old 13th Dec 2018, 19:01
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Originally Posted by CloudHound View Post
Don't forget that commas can kill!
Damn that rapid Morse Code.
‘dah dah di di dah dah’ killed nobody !
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Old 18th Jan 2019, 12:46
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Saw a wonderful example for apostrophe use today. On the Amazon page was a hash tag

#amazonshitcars

I think the eye is drawn to the H and automatically picks up the surrounding letters so reading:

Amazon shit cars - as the graphic featured Jeremy Clarkson it was wholly believable. Perhaps is was as well that the detail was correctly produced below Amazon's Hit Cars. 😀

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