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View Poll Results: Which of these mistakes bugs you more?
Apostophe's inserted into any word's that end with S 24 40.00%
I loose my mind when I see this mix up, such a lose use of the English language. 10 16.67%
Your never far from this mistake, maybe it's one of you're own. 23 38.33%
Atari Jagua're 3 5.00%
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24-05-2005, 16:29   #1
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Common grammar mistakes that get on your nerves?

I know I'll sound too fussy but I can't help noticing the mistakes that I see popping up every where, on boards, even on theregister.co.uk, a news site. It's not like I'm a language buff or anything, but sometimes I see the same mistake (lose/loose) so often, I have to check dictionary.com just to make sure I'm not crazy.

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30-05-2005, 00:32   #2
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your and you're... they always get mixed up, annoys me no end.
As does their, they're and there...it's not that hard to distinguish between them.
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30-05-2005, 11:55   #3
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Apostrophes. I despise it when they're thrown randomly into a word for no good reason, or when they're missing. It's forgivable in some cases (especially when a word ends in the letter "s", because it just gets confusing then), but overall it's sheer laziness.

Most hilarious example I ever saw was a shop in Drumcondra, I think it's gone now. It was called "Bob,s Pet Store". Yes, a comma. Instead of an apostrophe. Bwahaha.
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30-05-2005, 12:08   #4
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How about the movie "Two Weeks Notice". What exactly does it mean?

Any grammar nazi (like me) should read the book Eats Shoots and Leaves - it's hilarious.

And to answer the poll - option b - loose vs lose really gets my goat. My girlfriend used to put an apostrophe in every word ending in s but I've managed to stop her
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All of the above.

I hate (HATE) when people pluralise words ending in a vowel using an apostrophe. I actually flinch when I see the misuse of apostrophes.
But also the you're and your thing. I pronounce both of those words differently when speaking (you're is more of 'yer', your is more 'yore') so I find it especially annoying when they get mixed up.

Oh, the trials of a grammar nazi...
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03-06-2005, 17:05   #6
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I think the third option is the most heinous of the lot. Your and you're are very different things, as are their, there, and they're.

Heaven help the English language
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03-06-2005, 17:07   #7
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"alot" - alot of people do this

easy way to remember it is "alot" "alittle"
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I think the third option is the most heinous of the lot. Your and you're are very different things, as are their, there, and they're.

Heaven help the English language
Aye this annoys me too.

And when people say something like "I seen it yesterday" that annoys me the most.
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04-06-2005, 21:35   #9
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One that's snuck in in England a lot (at least any English I speak to and on English TV progs) is "I was sat down". That really pi$$es me off.
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04-06-2005, 21:38   #10
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There's one I always do only when writing though.

When using the phrase "with the" I sometimes write "withe" as the word "the" is there inside "with" if you know what I mean
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04-06-2005, 21:39   #11
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"I done it" - really annoys me.
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My pet peeve is when people are writing and the use no puctuation other than full-stops. As a result, you have to read what they've written a number of times to fully understand it. Most young people say they are just saving themselves time, but the effects will become clear when the next generation are gramatically-illiterate.
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04-06-2005, 21:50   #13
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No the worst grammer error I can think of is
american use of the date which is creeping into European culture over here.What I mean simply is today is the 4 june. Whats so hard about putting in the th after the 4? This I truly cant stand.
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06-06-2005, 17:30   #14
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Here's one that gets me every time:

"That's nothing got to do with it."
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14-06-2005, 18:11   #15
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"I could care less" - fuggin hate that one.
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