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I love to keep coming back to this thread because it just affirms that I'm not the only geek out there who cares about spelling, grammar and how to put a sentence together. It's just frustrating to me that we seem to be in the minority with no way of reaching the vast majority of people who should have learned the basics but seem to have been passed from one grade to the next and then graduating, still not having a clue.  (How does this even happen?) It's sad, IMO.

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Texasmouse wrote:

I love to keep coming back to this thread because it just affirms that I'm not the only geek out there who cares about spelling, grammar and how to put a sentence together. It's just frustrating to me that we seem to be in the minority with no way of reaching the vast majority of people who should have learned the basics but seem to have been passed from one grade to the next and then graduating, still not having a clue.  (How does this even happen?) It's sad, IMO.


 

Yeah, and if you say anything you're a jerk.  Smiley Sad   Frustrating.

 

As for discussing it, I will only discuss these issues on threads like this.  It makes it nice to be able to vent without being called out.

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@chickenbutt  I looked over school papers from when I first started teaching to the last days of my "reign"  What a difference.  Kids could actually write with beautiful handwriting (cursive), they could spell, write in proper grammar and yes they could actually express themselves in clear detail and thought.  

 

The  idea "toward the end" was students did not need to spend time on such unimportant things... they had  to think and the rest would take care of itself.

 

I taught social studies, language arts, study skills, careers, computers and whatever was my turn to teach.  What can I say, multi-tasking was my specialty. Woman LOL                                                

 

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@bonnielu wrote:

@chickenbutt  I looked over school papers from when I first started teaching to the last days of my "reign"  What a difference.  Kids could actually write with beautiful handwriting (cursive), they could spell, write in proper grammar and yes they could actually express themselves in clear detail and thought.  

 

The  idea "toward the end" was students did not need to spend time on such unimportant things... they had  to think and the rest would take care of itself.

 

I taught social studies, language arts, study skills, careers, computers and whatever was my turn to teach.  What can I say, multi-tasking was my specialty. Woman LOL                                                

 


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It must have been extra frustrating for you as a teacher!

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As for me, myself and I I don't care nothin about nothin you and me gotta go get these ones? 

 

Is it not  the fault of the teachers of today that allow children to speak the way they do, growing into adults that have no idea of the English language? 

 

These ones, I think is my biggest pet peeves.

 

I do not however think that this is the proper venue to call people out, it is calling people ignorant. We have no idea what is behind the person posting. Could be someone that never made it out of 4th or 5th grade because of home cicumstances. Could be a person from a family that had no time for them and never helped them achieve. Could be a person with learning disabilities that just wants to converse and try to feel normal.

 

The people in this board are each one individual with their own personality and we should not call them out and embarrass them. Woman HappyHeart

 

There are more important things in life than worrying about grammer on a forum posted by people we do not know. IF however you have a family member that is illiterate, help them. Woman HappyHeart

 

I do not want to be the person that causes someone to leave the boards in fear of the "Grammar police" and being made to look stupid.Woman HappyHeart

 

 

There is sadness all around us but we do not have to be sad. Woman HappyHeart

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     First, let me say, "Bravo"!  Next, I'd like to discuss the poor uses of English that, to me, act as nails upon a blackboard! First, and foremost are less v. few. These two words are constantly confused, especially on television! Less should be used to describe things that one cannot count, for example, sand, oxygen, and water.  "There is less water in the sink today than there was yesterday."

     Fewer should be used to discuss countable things, things like calories, ounces, or people. "We had fewer people buying plants this year than we had last year." Which, of course, brings up another grammatical problem which can be seen frequently. That would be then v. than.

     The use of then v. than is also frequently missused.  Then is correctly used when speaking of a situation in which there is a frame of time. It doesn't have to be time like one finds on a clock, but a time frame  (if that can be understood). "Bake the roast for fifteen minutes at 500* then lower the temperature to 375* and continue baking for two more hours." Than is a word used in comparison. "I like to decorate for Christmas better than I like to decorate for Valentine's Day.

     I began my career in education as a writing specialist so my eyes seem to look for mistakes in anything I read. Unfortunately, I'm human and as such, I make mistakes. I assume like many other people, my mistakes are those of haste rather than of ignorance. When I have time to reread my posts before hitting that red button, my posts are much cleaner than when I don't have time to check my writing. Often, you will see that my posts have been edited. Those are the posts in which I have found one, or more errors. If you have any questions about my grammar, just axe me (literally)!

 

p.s. I have no idea why my computer changes font size!

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That WAS a joke, right? Just "axe" you?

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Of course it was, this IS a grammar topic...Woman HappyHeart

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Thank you @Moonchilde !

I just saw this and will be sharing it with my mentee tonight.

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