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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by ZXDunny » Sat Sep 15, 2018 12:30 am

As Ast A. Moore says, Grammar and punctuation are only there to aid in accuracy of communication. Unless you're trying to get a legal or scientific point across, it doesn't really matter very much. Fortunately for those fields that do require precise communication, their language structure and meaning has been set in stone.

Colloquial language is evolving all the time, as are the rules that govern it. What was acceptable two hundred years ago looks awful now, and vice-versa, were that actually possible.

So who really cares? If someone takes the time to kindly correct your grammar, or your punctuation or spelling, then kindly thank them and move on, safe in the knowledge that they're probably a friendless anal twat with some god-awful hangups that you don't really want to communicate with anyway.
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by Seven.FFF » Sat Sep 15, 2018 1:30 am

I’ve always found you to be a very good communicator, Dave. And I never remember wincing at your grammar, even once!
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by lister_of_smeg » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:26 am

Just remember to capitalize your proper nouns, unless you really did help your uncle jack off a horse. :lol:
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by Ralf » Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:43 am

I also suck at punctuation. Somebody once even told me that I'm doing it randomly ;) It was many years ago and now I'm better but still no good.

And here I'm talking about my native Polish. Each language has its own rules a bit different from the others. As for English I have actually never seen the rules, doing everything by intuition.

One thing that is really important - always put a space after a dot. :) People will forgive you many things but not this one.
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by Guesser » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:34 pm

Ralf wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:43 am
I also suck at punctuation. Somebody once even told me that I'm doing it randomly ;) It was many years ago and now I'm better but still no good.
Victor’s writing was a sort of code to deceive the enemy, with punctuation marks in unlikely places to confuse anyone who came too close to cracking the code. He watched Andrew counting the full stops in one sentence and said, ‘I put those in while I think about the next word. I like doing question marks better.’ He pointed out two or three specimens, independent question marks, without questions, They looked like curled feathers out of a pillow. One had a face.
‘Do you put a question mark in every sentence?’ asked Andrew.
‘Oh, yes. I know you don’t actually need them,’ said Victor, ‘but they're nice to do.’
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by Ast A. Moore » Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:45 pm

Guesser wrote:
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Victor’s writing was a sort of code to deceive the enemy . . .
Neat. What’s that from?
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by Guesser » Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:04 pm

Ast A. Moore wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Neat. What’s that from?
5 internet points to the first person who recognises it :)
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by Ast A. Moore » Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:43 pm

Guesser wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 3:04 pm
Ast A. Moore wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 2:45 pm
Neat. What’s that from?
5 internet points to the first person who recognises it :)
Intriguing. Throw in two sheep and an ox, and I might consider taking a crack at it.
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by R-Tape » Sat Sep 15, 2018 8:49 pm

lister_of_smeg wrote:
Sat Sep 15, 2018 9:26 am
Just remember to capitalize your proper nouns, unless you really did help your uncle jack off a horse. :lol:
Heh, nah, Uncle Jack always fulfilled his pedagogical duties, at least he did when he wasn't wanking off Mr Triggermane.
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Re: Forum posts: grammar and punctuation

Post by MatGubbins » Sun Sep 23, 2018 9:46 pm

Guesser wrote:
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MatGubbins wrote:
Fri Sep 14, 2018 8:29 pm
Do I use the ` (left of 1) or ' (between L and Return) as an apostrophe? I find ' (L and Return) easier to press.
Yes, the (typewriter) apostrophe key is there to be easy to use. There’s basically no reason to ever use the grave accent key unless you’re writing shell scripts or some forrin language ;)

If you were feeling particularly clever (or typesetting a book) you’d use proper unicode apostrophes rather than typewriter apostrophes like I’ve done throughout this post just to show off :lol:
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