We Have A New Member Who Might Have Fun With This!

#1
Good night, it's happened!
Here we are with someone who shall remain nameless -- sort of!
I've often wanted to have a thread where people can get English language/writing help.
Delighted to say we have a young person here who may enjoy this!

Got to admit: she may not take on this challenge.
Have to also admit that what I am suggesting may be a bit intimidating.
I guess we'll just have to watch and see if she comes here and starts.
Dear ones, if you want to start this in the meantime, please do!
 
#2
I'll start. There's no such English word as alot. There's a lot and there's allot, but not alot. But I rarely see alot here! Good for US!!!!
 
#11
Well, I confess to being the muse of this thread. I was not ignoring it. I just had not found it.

I like to separate introductory adverbial clauses with a comma. I decided that the separating comma is a good idea because I had a teacher who had a stack of old, moldy Atlantic Magazines. I read some of the articles. One was about how crime in Memphis, Tennessee correlated with section eight housing.

The editors of Atlantic didn’t use commas to separate introductory adverbial clauses.

I remember having trouble understanding if the last word in the adverbial clause belonged with the subordinate clause or with the independent clause. So I decided that I would always separate introductory adverbial clauses.

Normally, I am not so nerdy, but it gets worse.

A girlfriend in my study group was trying to read a book by James Joyce. I'm not sure which one. Joyce must have opposed separation of adverbial clauses. He had a fight with his editor about whether to use the comma or not.

I don’t know anything about Joyce except that I read in my friend copy of Joyce's book that he had an odd view of comma.
 
#13
Thank you, everyone, for joining here -- especially to Ghid, who seems to have a talent for this stuff. I have wanted to start this for a long while, but I am not educated enough. You can see she is, and I'll bet others of you are, too. Let's have fun with it! And if something is hard to understand, let's take this opportunity to ask questions. We are among friends, and no one needs to be ashamed.

To be blunt, of all the forums I have been on, this one has the least English errors, in my opinion. We are already pretty good -- we can only get better!
 
#14
Have you ever seen the grocery store's sign saying something like, "15 or less items"? The sign should be "15 or fewer items."

Use fewer if you’re referring to people or things in the plural -- solid, usually undividable items (e.g. houses, newspapers, dogs, students, children).
Use less when you’re referring to something that can’t be counted or doesn’t have a plural (e.g. money, air, time, music, rain) or when numbers are on their own and with expressions of measurement or time.

I struggle with where to place my periods, question marks, and exclamation marks. Is my first line correct in your opinion?
 
#15
Maybe this requires its own thread but I can't stand people who put quotation marks around things to give them emphasis. It doesn't work. It just makes them look ironic.

For example, "NO" SMOKING! - it looks like they DO allow it.
 
#18
I can't stand question marks at the end of sentences that don't ask a question? I've had to bite my tongue several times reading posts from this offender? It drives me crazy!?
 
#20
I have to admit I've been a member of many a Christian forum. I've even been a lurker at forums wherein I observed the goings on before deciding to join.
In all my years, I've not found a forum wherein a member, and collaborators, elect to post a thread in the hopes of publicly humiliating one or many of their own. And all in the name of grammar!

Have you looked at yourselves? :unsure: Would you say these things, with the member you're targeting, in person and before Christ?


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Matthew 22:39
And a second is like it: You shall love your neighbor as yourself.
Proverbs 15:1
A soft answer turns away wrath, but a harsh word stirs up anger.