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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    I keep hearing too many people using "a" instead of "an" in front of a word that begins with a vowel. A elephant, a educational guess, a interesting storyline, a orange rather than "an elephant, etc." It drives me nuts!

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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by MamaC;3384358;
    I keep hearing too many people using "a" instead of "an" in front of a word that begins with a vowel. A elephant, a educational guess, a interesting storyline, a orange rather than "an elephant, etc." It drives me nuts!
    I think those are the same people who will "aks you if you want a orange".
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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    I'm fairly tired of the names with apostrophes in the beginning or middle of a name. Like M'chell. Just spell the name out, quit with the apostrophe.
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    I wonder if that's a regional thing. I haven't seen it at all and I teach every kid that comes through the school system.
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    MRD... that's pretty common around here as well, although it does tend to be an inner city trend.

    I normally avoid this thread as grammatical errors can tend to make me shiver as if I were hearing fingernails on a chalkboard. But you've named some of my worst offenders -- apostrophes in plural words (!!!!), apostrophes in the incorrect spots when showing possession (I have to drive by this house with a sign indicating "The Parker's" all of the time. One of these days I'm going to make a new one that says "The Parkers' " and replace it!), "him and I" at the beginning of a sentence, "I seen this movie....", etc.

    I wasn't aware that the 's after a name ending in s had become acceptable, either. But then I was surprised during one of my first MBA classes when I was advised that you no longer needed to add two spaces after a period. One space is now the acceptable (and APA dictated) rule. As you can see... this old fuddy duddy still can't get used to it. I have to remind myself when typing papers. UGH.

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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    But then I was surprised during one of my first MBA classes when I was advised that you no longer needed to add two spaces after a period. One space is now the acceptable
    Not to me, it isn't
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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway;3384859;
    I have to drive by this house with a sign indicating "The Parker's" all of the time. One of these days I'm going to make a new one that says "The Parkers' " and replace it
    Perhaps there is one person by the name of The Parker, and he is letting you know that this is HIS house

    I was advised that you no longer needed to add two spaces after a period. One space is now the acceptable (and APA dictated) rule.
    Not acceptable to me, it isn't, and I have the continuing battles with our proofreading department to prove it.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Rattus;3384867;
    Perhaps there is one person by the name of The Parker, and he is letting you know that this is HIS house
    I have considered that... and it's the only thing holding me back at this point.
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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Broadway;3384859;
    (I have to drive by this house with a sign indicating "The Parker's" all of the time. One of these days I'm going to make a new one that says "The Parkers' " and replace it!),
    There's a whole subdivision near here like that! I guess the homeowner's association dictated that every home should have a sign announcing its contents, and had these made. I'm glad I don't really have to be over there often, because it drives me crazy. At the same time it makes me wonder about the 200+ families that apparently don't know or care that the signs that are incorrect, and then I wonder more why anyone would agree that they MUST have a sign out front. What if events became such that you might not want anyone to know exactly which house is yours?
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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    One space after a period is OK now!? A side effect of our text crazy society I'm sure.
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