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Post Reply Comprehensible English or "Grammar Nazi"
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Posted 7/13/17
The main time I ever really have a problem with someone else's grammar is when the person neglects punctuation. If a passage has no indicators of where a thought begins and ends, everything just starts to blend together, and the whole thing becomes obnoxious to read.

Overall however, I tend to be more concerned with my own grammar and spelling than those of others.
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Poeple thate kant spel rit r idots.
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Guys, guys!

How am I supposed to learn new expressions if your grammar isn't perfect 100/100?

Because my grammar in my native language is perfect 101/100.
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I try not to sweat the details.

However, I'll admit it's irritating when someone's thoughts or ideas don't turn out to be worth the effort of sussing them from behind a wall of misspellings and poor punctuation.

It's like battling your way past a savage dragon and then, as you step into the deepest bowels of the beast's lair and finally lay eyes upon its treasure hoard... There is only a pile of plastic utensils and balls of tinfoil.
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Posted 7/13/17
I've seen many of Weird Al's videos and I'm truly disappointed that I have never heard or seen this one, so thank you

As for the grammar...I suppose I don't necessarily care because I never intentionally look for these errors when conversing with someone using text. When I do run across an error I typically correct it in my head and move on. As long as I can understand what the other person is saying that's good enough for me.

Unless that person is one of my friends who is a dedicated Grammar Nazi than it is a battle of wits.
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I don't get why people like to use the word "Nazi" so often now a day.

Yes, I know my spelling and grammar is horrible. You are free to correct me at any time. I'll not be offended/bothered by it. It's like having a friend who will proofread your papers/posts for you

Please feel free :)

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Posted 7/13/17
It doesn't really matter honestly. People can talk and type however they'd like to.
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I honestly think that while, yes, online forum posts are not as important to write with proper grammar, as, say, a turn paper; but at the same time I find that attitude to be a bit cavalier. People spend more time writing in "casual" settings than academic, so thinking it doesn't matter gives us people who don't know the differences between they're, their, and there or your and you're.

To me, regardless of the setting, I strive to at least attempt to use proper grammar. Language was created to help articulate thoughts, and the worse your grammar is the more likely that the message that you're trying to get across will be misunderstood.

With the proliferation of the internet I think that, starting at least in middle school and perhaps through high school, a "formal" writing course should be taught. When I was taking my first English class we had to email him our assignments. He actually had to explain to the class that you can't write like that in a professional email.

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I'm so so much ppl did gram a solid this thread!

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Posted 7/13/17 , edited 7/13/17
Generally, if I can understand what you are saying, I have no complaints. There are a few users on here who seem like they aren't native English speakers and they can get on my nerves when I read a comment and I'm left thinking "what the heck did I just read?", but they are really in the minority.

EDIT: Example of "what the heck did I just read" above.
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Posted 7/13/17
Coincidentally, I saw that video this morning.
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Yes and no. I have my own ideas about what constitutes good writing, and while grammar is a part of it, I don't get upset with errors unless they take away from the writing as a whole. For instance, I am rarely bothered by people splitting up an infinitive (it's a stupid rule, and sometimes it makes more sense to simply split the infinitive rather than try to leave it intact). Grammar Nazis might adhere to that old holdover from Latin, but I refuse. Similarly, There is no reason you can't end a sentence with a preposition, or begin one with a conjunction.

Write clearly. Communicate well. Use all the tools at your disposal- including grammar- but don't overthink it.

Regardless of my opinions about grammar, I still love that song in the OP. (P.S. "I could care less," and "I couldn't care less," both work. The former is ironic, and the latter is hyperbole.)

P.P.S. Vocabulary issues tend to get on my nerves more. If you mean one word and write another, it makes me think you don't know either well enough to use them. Sometimes people spell out a homophone of a word they intended ('to', 'too', and 'two' come to mind). I can usually find it in my heart to forgive them, although it annoys me. But if, say, you are telling me about the 'Sahara Dessert', then we have a problem.
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Posted 7/13/17 , edited 7/13/17
I think it's a two-way street. On one hand, those who judiciously heckle people for their grammar are pretentious/overbearing, yet folks who can't be bothered to put much effort into their writing are deserving of criticism. Basic observations are inevitable.
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50 / F / Toronto
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Posted 7/14/17
The thing I really despise is the habit of some people in a debate to say "your grammar/spelling was in error, therefore your argument is invalid"

Unless you're actually discussing grammar it's bullshit.
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Posted 7/14/17 , edited 7/14/17

papagolfwhiskey wrote:

The thing I really despise is the habit of some people in a debate to say "your grammar/spelling was in error, therefore your argument is invalid"


Oooh... Well, that's a whole new kettle of worms. No, bad grammar/spelling do not invalidate an argument, but I'm much more likely to lose interest in a real debate if I have to get past constant mistakes in your post (or article, or comment, or anything else). I won't call people or their ideas stupid because of writing issues, but I have reached points where I stop responding (the writing has to be irredeemable). Tone matters, and your use of grammar and spelling conventions helps to set the tone of your writing. "Hey m8, what r u up 2 Im going to the movies" does not cut it if you want people to take you seriously in an argument.

I'm actually not very picky about it in practice, but I do appreciate it when I see something that is really well-written.
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