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post #31 of 32 Old 02-21-2012, 08:13 PM
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I was always bad at grammar. I could never use the comma in the right place or the right tense of a verb. One day, I was ranting to my tutor about how difficult everything was. I asked her, "Why do we have grammar rules anyway?"

"So we can understand what others are saying."

"That's it?"


From that day on, I always thought knit picking grammar was stupid. Grammar rules weren't put out there to show how educated we are or aren't. They are to make it possible to understand each other.

For example: "Watch the tiger eat, Sally!" instead of "Watch the tiger eat Sally!" Poor second example Sally. This is why we have rules in English. So Sally can stand behind the glass and watch the tiger eat its dinner.

Taking proper grammar to an extreme is really missing the point. I can understand the meaning of "If my daughter was ten, that would be fine." I can understand the meaning of "If my daughter were ten..." Because I can understand it to mean the same thing. Therefore, I think this is a pretty dumb argument.

So yeah. I'll get my coat.
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post #32 of 32 Old 02-21-2012, 08:19 PM
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Originally Posted by Northern View Post
I ASKED Ms. English teacher what the special instances are, no answer so far. Anyone's free to enlighten us as to the special instances.

The real deal is that I'm on the wrong forum for a certain group of you, including cyber-badge wearers; this group is intent upon bashing me, making me look bad, blaming me for what I didn't do, deleting posts for no good reason, etc., & that last unfair post by Admin with Santa hat on horse is the last straw for me. Everyone has a last straw, & this one's it for me.

A lot of newcomers have given my posts a lot of "likes", & I'm glad to have served them. All of you who appreciated my horse help really were the oasis in my desert experience here; I wish you the best of luck with your horses!
Northern, I don't understand claiming that people are out to get you on the one hand, and starting a thread apparently attempting to embarrass and/or antagonize other members on the other.

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).
It seems to me a bit like pouring blood in the water and then complaining about sharks. I don't know what happened in whatever other thread you are referring to, but if there is an issue in a thread then you need to report problematic posts so that the Horse Forum Team can address them. You aren't doing the community any favors by starting a follow up thread for the sole purpose of attempting to embarrass or antagonize those you are frustrated or upset with, as that can obviously only make matters worse. It is only because the members you implicated took the high road and didn't answer your battle call that this thread didn't really go south.

I don't see what about my previous post in this thread asking you not to attempt to embarrass or antagonize other members in future "grammar lessons" was unfair. If being asked not to go out of your way to make the community a more hostile, combative place is the "last straw" for you, then maybe it's just as well that you moved on.

Your grammar may be spot on, but you seem to be missing the big picture when it comes to what makes an online community work. Take the night to think about why starting this thread the way you did was problematic and why my request that you not start threads calling out members in an attempt to embarrass or antagonize them in the future was reasonable.

If it all makes sense by the morning, we can work on facilitating a fresh start for you here. Otherwise, I'll personally help you move on from this "desert". I can't imagine that communities that would allow members to start threads for the purpose of attacking each other could possibly be nicer places to participate, but hey, my experience is admittedly limited to the Horse Forum.

Talk to you tomorrow.

PS: I am closing this thread because of the spirit in which it was started. Everyone is welcome to start a grammar related thread that is not geared to pick or continue a fight.

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