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Their, There, and They're and other misused words - mistakes like these make you look illiterate!

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posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:00 PM
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Well, really not a rant..

Aw crap, the h3ll it's not.

Of all the people who profess to have professional knowledge of differing subjects, a huge number INSTANTLY blow their credibility when they misuse Their, There and They're, and other words and contractions.

If you want to be taken seriously when you write something you need to dot your I and cross your T, whether it's a post on here or a letter to your Senator.

If you MEAN to say "They're wrong, Mr. Senator" and you say "There wrong" it's an instant fail. You sound like Jethro with his "giant brain" and his eighth grade education.




Quick and dirty cheat sheet on the word or contraction and where to use it:

There - indicates a place, ie my book is here not over there.

There is an antique store on Camden Avenue.
The science textbooks are over There on the floor.
There are many documents that are used in investigations.



Their - indicates possession, ie it is not my house, but their house.

My friends have lost their tickets.
Their things were strewn about the office haphazardly.
Their car was stolen.



They're - is a contraction or short form of "They are", ie They're in my house is the same as saying "They are in my house" - just shorter.



Here's a link to make your writing come across as better educated and make people automatically take your thoughts more seriously:

www.wikihow.com...


edit on 29-11-2010 by mydarkpassenger because: spacing

edit on 29-11-2010 by mydarkpassenger because: dropped an apostrophe




posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:03 PM
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You shouldn't take this so seriously...


You might loose your mind...
or brake something..



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:05 PM
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Might I add....

Loose : Adjective: Not firmly or tightly fixed in place; detached or able to be detached: "a loose tooth".Verb: Set free; release: "the hounds have been loosed".

vs.

Lose: opposite of find.


(lol @ tribe, I was posting when you did that)
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posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:05 PM
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Aw crap, the h3ll its not.


You forgot your apostrophe...the proper spelling is "it's"....not "its".


Just saying.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:08 PM
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Grammer shows memory not in -thel- a- gynce =p . Please save your grammer rants for someone who cares. Really nobody cares about grammer. Were to busy trying to you know.....................



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:14 PM
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Originally posted by OutKast Searcher
reply to post by mydarkpassenger
 



Aw crap, the h3ll its not.


You forgot your apostrophe...the proper spelling is "it's"....not "its".


Just saying.


Never said I could type..


BTW - no english major here, in fact I hated it except for the literature part.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:15 PM
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I don't find myself being so particular that simple mistakes automatically cause me to label someone as an illiterate. Welcome to planet Earth; please try to understand that we human beings sometimes make minor mistakes.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:15 PM
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Originally posted by seedofchucky
Grammer shows memory not in -thel- a- gynce =p . Please save your grammer rants for someone who cares. Really nobody cares about grammer. Were to busy trying to you know.....................


The title of the thread was clear enough. If you don't care feel free to not read it, mmmmkay?

And besides, it's not "grammer" it's "grammar" and if you ever write someone who you want to be taken seriously by, such as a cover letter for your resume to a prospective employer, you definitely want to get it right.
edit on 29-11-2010 by mydarkpassenger because: Second thought.


This isn't about grammar, it is about proper use and the impression you wish to make.

If you want to come across as Jethro, be my guest.

edit on 29-11-2010 by mydarkpassenger because: More thoughts



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:23 PM
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Originally posted by seedofchucky
Please save your grammer rants for someone who cares.


Did you happen to notice the section in which this is posted?
You cared enough to clink the link.
Weird.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:24 PM
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Take me serious on ATS? oh my! stop the press.....



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:24 PM
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Was this really necessary to make a thread for this? I would rather spend a mere 2 minutes making a small post than put my whole post into Microsoft Word and spell check the whole thing. This should be one of those pet peeves you keep to you're self



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:24 PM
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Ok guys. The OP assumes that English is the first language for everybody on the board. Why not cut everybody some slack? If we can understand what they meant, generally from the context of the rest of the sentence, why be a grammar Nazi?



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:25 PM
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I dont care for alot of the youtube ufo videos but i still click the links?

I dont care for alot of dooms day predictions on ATS but i still click the links?


hmm weird eh ?



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:26 PM
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Don't forget about the misuse of to, too, two, and your/you're.

Damn this complex english language!



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:27 PM
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Originally posted by sonofliberty1776
Ok guys. The OP assumes that English is the first language for everybody on the board. Why not cut everybody some slack? If we can understand what they meant, generally from the context of the rest of the sentence, why be a grammar Nazi?


I didn't assume that at all, in fact I've noticed that most of the worst spelling / usage / grammar posts come from right here in the good old US.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:28 PM
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Originally posted by casijones
Don't forget about the misuse of to, too, two, and your/you're.

Damn this complex english language!


Shush! They're my two next topics!

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posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:29 PM
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Originally posted by seedofchucky
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I dont care for alot of the youtube ufo videos but i still click the links?

I dont care for alot of dooms day predictions on ATS but i still click the links?


hmm weird eh ?


Holy crap, that is weird. Ever eat a poo log? I did once.... ONCE.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:30 PM
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No can't say that i have. Although i hear your bloodline has world records in it .



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:35 PM
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Originally posted by seedofchucky
No can't say that i have. Although i hear your bloodline has world records in it.


Most "poo logs eaten"?! Is it a numerical value only, or a record of time restrictions as well.
Interesting to learn my tainted blood has achieved such a prestigious acknowledgment.



posted on Nov, 29 2010 @ 03:37 PM
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Originally posted by cluckerspud

Originally posted by seedofchucky
No can't say that i have. Although i hear your bloodline has world records in it.


Most "poo logs eaten"?! Is it a numerical value only, or a record of time restrictions as well.
Interesting to learn my tainted blood has achieved such a prestigious acknowledgment.




Im glad you find it intresting you should take a group photo and put up . Right next to your clown of the year award




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