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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    This is just way too out there to put in any other thread - yes, I have been a grammar geek since childhood. (Good grades, no friends.) Anyway, I was always under the impression that the saying was "all of a sudden", but lately I hear and read people saying "all the sudden" or "all of the sudden". Certainly I shouldn't be losing sleep over it - but every time I hear it - my brain just gets a little bit more fried. And I don't have enough of it left to fry - especially over "a sudden" or "the sudden".

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    Don't feel bad, JD. My peeve is often when people pronounce it offen. I know that is also right, but the "T" is there, dammit, use it. I know...I can't be a true Utahn if I insist on pronouncing the "T"

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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by dagwood;3417855;
    Don't feel bad, JD. My peeve is often when people pronounce it offen. I know that is also right, but the "T" is there, dammit, use it. I know...I can't be a true Utahn if I insist on pronouncing the "T"
    So we're going with "all of the sudden" then?

    Suddenly, my entire (grammar) past is flashing before my eyes - how could I possibly have been wrong all these years?

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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    I'm still going to say "a sudden', I think (IN my head, or when writing) . But no matter, I'm a Hillbilly and we drawl it all together so it sounds like one word, and the same using either word. "Allvusuddun" or something like that.

    Dagwood, I like to go fishing for salmon--which we don't have here (other than in a can with two Qs on it. And when I go where they do have them, I KNOW not to say "saLmon" pronouncing the "L". But, it still falls out about half the time. Especially If I get excited-- "I'm pretty sure this ain't a trout, this time--I bleeve this'un must be a saLmon, it's pullin' so hard!"
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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by J.D.;3417867;
    So we're going with "all of the sudden" then?

    Suddenly, my entire (grammar) past is flashing before my eyes - how could I possibly have been wrong all these years?
    I have always said "all of a sudden" not "the"


    Queenb, I didn't even think of salmon...I don't pronounce the l in that. I guess that makes me a grammar hypocrite.

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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    I've never heard anyone say....all the sudden or all of the sudden. What is the sudden?

    I've always said/heard....all of a sudden.


    Here's one my past......when using the word THE, if it is before a word starting with a vowel it is pronounced THEE; if it is before a word starting with a consonant, it is pronounced THUH. I hear it pronounced incorrectly all the time. Thuh airplane took off on time rather than THEE airplane took off on time. THEE two of us went for a jog rather than thuh two of us went for a jog.

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    I'm a little embarrassed to admit it, but I didn't realize there was a rule for the proper pronunciation of thee vs. thuh (I always assumed thee was standard and thuh was southern). Glad to learn something new!
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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    Thank you thank you - all of you. I've only begun hearing "all of the sudden" recently - and I've seen it written, also. Mama C, I had the same question - what is the sudden?

    I did know the thee/the rule, however.

    Wow - I feel so much better now - hopefully I'll be able to get back on my regular sleep schedule.

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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    I have a cousin who not only says "all of the sudden" but also says "should of and would of" I knew there was no hope for her after she shared a story about going to the bank to sign an "after-David"

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    Re: The Grammar discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Bunny555;3417927;
    I have a cousin who not only says "all of the sudden" but also says "should of and would of" I knew there was no hope for her after she shared a story about going to the bank to sign an "after-David"
    Wow. I was raised saying all of the sudden and it never occured to me that it was ever said any other way!

    ETA: That doesn't mean I believe I was saying it correctly though. My family has been known to show their lack of education in many many ways. This is just another example
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