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    02-21-2012, 12:32 PM
  #11
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This could be an interesting thread if it were a discussion about commonly seen misuses of English grammar. May I add a different one, that happens to be my pet peeve?

"If Sally would have studied more she would have gotten a higher score on her SAT's".

Please correct that sentence.
     
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    02-21-2012, 12:35 PM
  #12
Green Broke
Oh Nothern, you would DIE if you lived where I do..I tend to be pretty correct in most of my "grammer skills" but others, not so much. Here are just a few examples of what I hear on a daily basis when interacting with others in my community.

Tell me, how you bes?
It be cold outside.
Ms. Amber, do we have any scrawberries.
Don't try to tell me who I'm is.
Don't correct me with all your proper speeches, I ain't trying to be no city folks.
I ain't never saw anythin like that.
My Untie (aunt, pronounced Un-tea) said I had ta be home four dark. She crazy as s***, I ain't gotta be nowhur four dark.

On an open forum it isn't your "civil duty" to correct someone, especially when you're wrong.
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    02-21-2012, 12:36 PM
  #13
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
This could be an interesting thread if it were a discussion about commonly seen misuses of English grammar. May I add a different one, that happens to be my pet peeve?

"If Sally would have studied more she would have gotten a higher score on her SAT's".

Please correct that sentence.
If Sally had studied more, her SAT scores would be higher.
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    02-21-2012, 12:42 PM
  #14
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Yes! Doesn't that just kill you! I mean everyone makes that mistake nowadays. (is that a correct word? "nowadays"?)

If I would've checked the cinch I wouldn't have fallen off. If you would have asked me I would have loaned a better one to you. And on and on.

I see this everywhere, even from people who should know better. It won't be long before it's part of the accepted lexicon and into the grammar books. I know languages evolve, but I find that particular misuse to be just grating on my ears.
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    02-21-2012, 12:44 PM
  #15
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    

"If Sally would have studied more she would have gotten a higher score on her SAT's".

Please correct that sentence.
Laugh, I'll translate that into "jville" language for you all..No joke.

If that Sally girl would had been a nerd and stayed in school she'd had ta take that stupid test, but she dropped out when she had dat baby o hers.

I have to LIVE in a place surrounded by people who speak, spell, and think that's acceptable.
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    02-21-2012, 01:15 PM
  #16
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"jville"?
     
    02-21-2012, 01:21 PM
  #17
Yearling
Quote:
Originally Posted by tinyliny    
This could be an interesting thread if it were a discussion about commonly seen misuses of English grammar. May I add a different one, that happens to be my pet peeve?

"If Sally would have studied more she would have gotten a higher score on her SAT's".

Please correct that sentence.
If Sally HAD studied more, she would have received a higher score on her SAT's.

Edit: I read a better statement, so I withdraw mine.
     
    02-21-2012, 01:27 PM
  #18
Yearling
DrumRunner, are you a born and raised Georgia girl? Or did you transplant there from elsewheres?

I am surprised at how varied the American language is here in SW Mo. I'm from up North.

I had to ask a colleague to repeat himself 3 times because he was wourshin something.
     
    02-21-2012, 01:27 PM
  #19
Green Broke
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Originally Posted by tinyliny    
"jville"?
I live outside of Jeffersonville, the locals call it Jville..

Laugh.. I was born and raised here.. lol If you watch my "accent video" in my thread you'll definitely hear it.
I dare you too... Yes, I realize I hit "o" one too many times..Whoops!
     
    02-21-2012, 01:50 PM
  #20
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Originally Posted by Northern    
The English teacher first posted "If my daughter was...", I corrected her, as is my civic duty, since she teaches people how to write/speak, then Speed Racer very snarkily insisted that the English teacher was correct. You are free, Speed Racer, to google "subjunctive mood" & edify yourself (& Ms. English teacher, if she needs verification).

For uncertainty, employ subjunctive mood; for conditions contrary to fact, employ subjunctive mood; when you have a wish, employ subjunctive mood. If I were you, I'd do that!
The next time you endeavor to teach a grammar lesson here, please refrain from calling out specific members for what you perceive to be their shortcomings. You could have just as easily started this thread without implicating anyone in particular.

It's nice to see people use proper grammar and can be fun to play "what's wrong with this sentence" when invited to. That said, I think it's important to remember that not everyone has the opportunity to receive the same kind of education, the occasion or need to commit grammatical minutia to memory, or the luxury of free time to spend ensuring they apply it to everything they write. I think it's safe to say that a person's memorization and application of grammatical rules is not necessarily indicative of their intelligence or the contributions they are capable of making to their communities, online or off.
     

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