How to Write Proper


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How to Write Proper

Postby EPelle » Sun Nov 06, 2005 11:21 pm

Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

Prepositions are not words to end sentences with.

Always avoid alliteration.

It is wrong to ever split an infinitive.

Contractions aren’t necessary and shouldn’t be used.

Avoid clichés like the plague – they’re old hat.

Use the apostrophe in it’s proper place, do’nt put it in the wrong place, and omit it where its not needed.

Don’t use two words where one is sufficient enough.

DON’T use too much emphasis at once.

If you’re writing web pages, never underline anything that’s not a link.

Long sentences without any punctuation are hard to read so break them up into shorter sentences and punctuate where appropriate so that everyone can read them and understand what they say.

Also, don’t write run-on sentences, break them up just the same.

As I’ve told you a million times, don’t exaggerate.

Eliminate quotations, as Ralph Waldo Emerson said: “I hate quotations. Tell me what you know.”

Don’t make generalisations – they’re bound to be false.

Proofread carefully to see if you any words out.

Watch out for the many irregular verbs that have creeped into our language.

That a clause can be the subject of another is wrong.

And finally, never begin or end a sentence with and.


Source here
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Postby tafnut » Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:34 am

You done good, EPelle!

I urge everyone to commit these rules to mammary, bekase you can never learn them too good.
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Postby Vern » Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:42 am

tafnut wrote:You done good, EPelle!

I urge everyone to commit these rules to mammary, bekase you can never learn them too good.


I think there's a guy working for Berlitz in Japan who's done just that :lol:
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Postby EPelle » Mon Nov 07, 2005 3:50 am

The one we have hardest here is: Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

In Swedish, everyone and everything "has" the same verb, unlike English where you use different verb forms depending on the subject.

Literally, we state:

I (am) having/has
You (am) having/has
He, she, it (am) having/has
They (am) having/has
You (am) having/has
We (am) having/has

Not an easy one for us from which to come away.
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Postby Vern » Mon Nov 07, 2005 4:26 am

EPelle wrote:The one we have hardest here is: Verbs has to agree with their subjects.

In Swedish, everyone and everything "has" the same verb, unlike English where you use different verb forms depending on the subject.

Literally, we state:

I (am) having/has
You (am) having/has
He, she, it (am) having/has
They (am) having/has
You (am) having/has
We (am) having/has

Not an easy one for us from which to come away.


It's the Scandinavian prepositions that I struggle mightily with!

The last thing one needs to hear when learning a new language is "there's absolutely no logic to this system, you'll just have to memorise this. And the same with noun gender" :cry:
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Postby EPelle » Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:10 am

Which is the most difficult language to learn (for foreigners who have no relation similarity to the language in question)?

I would cast my vote for Chinese, followed by Finnish, and a close third-place finish for Hungarian.
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Postby bad hammy » Mon Nov 07, 2005 6:52 am

Vern wrote:
tafnut wrote:You done good, EPelle!

I urge everyone to commit these rules to mammary, bekase you can never learn them too good.


I think there's a guy working for Berlitz in Japan who's done just that :lol:

That was my first thought, although I did not notice any misspellings in EPelle’s rules.
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Postby wineturtle » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:11 am

Jest fallo mi eggzamples ann jew woent hab a probalum ate awl.Hokey da speeling kneads sum imp roovein eye no butt hiam gatting bitter.
Taffy is welping me berry berry mooch to speek Floor-ridee-uhm two!
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Re: Literchip inn righting eggzamples phoned hear.

Postby tafnut » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:24 am

wineturtle wrote:Taffy is welping me berry berry mooch to speek Floor-ridee-uhm two!


Yew betchum! Between this thread and the Educationalist's thread, I feel we must be in an End-of-Days scenario, where my job has become obsolete. This is similar to what it must have felt like in New Orleans just before the dikes collapsed - there wasn't anything to do but find high ground and await the inevitable. Tower of Babel, here we come! :)
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Postby kuha » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:28 am

Apparently good old Noah Webster (back in the 1810s/20s?) tried briefly to get Americans to spell words like they were pronounced [because = bekuz, or something like that). Mercifully, it didn't take...
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Re: Literchip inn righting eggzamples phoned hear.

Postby bad hammy » Mon Nov 07, 2005 7:35 am

tafnut wrote:Yew betchum! Between this thread and the Educationalist's thread, I feel we must be in an End-of-Days scenario, where my job has become obsolete.

And the Juliet Cuthbert interview on the Merlene Ottey thread.

The Berlitz Flu is heading for pandemic status.
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Postby Vern » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:52 am

kuha wrote:Apparently good old Noah Webster (back in the 1810s/20s?) tried briefly to get Americans to spell words like they were pronounced [because = bekuz, or something like that). Mercifully, it didn't take...


Some of Webster's best include:
Groop
Croud
Tuf
Bilt
Wimmen

And I love this contemporary review of "Dissertations on the English Language" -

A fascinating farrago of the soundest linguistic common sense and the most egregious poppycock.

Sounds like our pal at Berlitz again :lol:
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Postby MJD » Mon Nov 07, 2005 9:58 am

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Postby wineturtle » Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:28 pm

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lsat, amsolt any iiodt can raed jsut as fsat as tehy can wtih pfrceelty
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Postby MJD » Mon Nov 07, 2005 2:34 pm

That's what my typing looks like before spellcheck gets a hold of it. Getting pretty good at the hunt and peck except for that.
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Postby tlb747 » Tue Nov 08, 2005 5:10 pm

Je n'aime pas d'ecrire parce que je suis tres parasseux. :?
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Postby utkvol80 » Tue Nov 08, 2005 8:25 pm

The title of this thread is written improperly! It should be How to Write Properly. I did not read through the entire thread to see if anyone caught this mistake.
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Postby EPelle » Tue Nov 08, 2005 11:58 pm

utkvol80 wrote:The title of this thread is written improperly! It should be How to Write Properly. I did not read through the entire thread to see if anyone caught this mistake.


Mr. Vol - not sure you got the jist of the opening post.
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Postby utkvol80 » Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:48 am

EPelle wrote:
utkvol80 wrote:The title of this thread is written improperly! It should be How to Write Properly. I did not read through the entire thread to see if anyone caught this mistake.


Mr. Vol - not sure you got the jist of the opening post.


As I indicated, Mr. Pelle, I did not read the entire post. Now that I have, I understand its jist. Besides, it seems that much of society has abandoned altogether the use of adverbs. I hope you are an English teacher and are doing what you can to correct this problem, and the others you brought up, through the education system.
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Postby utkvol80 » Wed Nov 09, 2005 5:52 am

EPelle wrote:
utkvol80 wrote:The title of this thread is written improperly! It should be How to Write Properly. I did not read through the entire thread to see if anyone caught this mistake.


Mr. Vol - not sure you got the jist of the opening post.


As I indicated, Mr. Pelle, I did not read the entire post. Now that I have, I understand its jist. Besides, it seems that much of society has abandoned altogether the use of adverbs. I hope you are an English teacher and are doing what you can to correct this problem, and the others you brought up, through the education system.
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Postby EPelle » Fri Nov 11, 2005 4:05 am

utkvol80 wrote:As I indicated, Mr. Pelle, I did not read the entire post. Now that I have, I understand its jist. Besides, it seems that much of society has abandoned altogether the use of adverbs. I hope you are an English teacher and are doing what you can to correct this problem, and the others you brought up, through the education system.

No English-teaching for me... but, that is why we have tafnut-- he is reaching students throughout Florida, and saving the core of American English one word at a time :-)
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Postby tafnut » Fri Nov 11, 2005 5:37 am

EPelle wrote:No English-teaching for me... but, that is why we have tafnut-- he is reaching students throughout Florida, and saving the core of American English one word at a time :-)


absofreakinlutely - I learn um so good, they don't need no other edjumacation to be smarter than all them other peoples.
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Postby bad hammy » Fri Nov 11, 2005 7:25 am

tafnut wrote:absofreakinlutely - I learn um so good, they don't need no other edjumacation to be smarter than all them other peoples.

I seem to recall that you work at a private school, but I missed the part about it being Berlitz . . .
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