Official OSNN Grammar Improvement Thread

Discussion in 'Green Room' started by ray_gillespie, Jul 16, 2007.

  1. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Hi guys,

    I've noticed that there are quite a few grammatical errors in the posts on OSNN, so I thought I'd make this thread to help people get it right :)

    Plurals:

    Right, some examples. The plural of CPU is CPUs. The plural of PSU is PSUs. There is no need for an apostrophe (') when pluralising a word. All initialisms should be in capital letters. CPU is correct, cpu isn't. Now, this doesn't normally matter, but when an itialism is pluralised, it looks a bit odd unless it's in capitals. For examples, cpus seems a bit weird, CPUs looks and is fine.
    Another one that confuses people is when a word ends in y. The plural of story is stories. Take away the y and replace it with ies.

    Apostrophes:

    Generally, apostrohes are used when letters are missing or when something owns something else. For example, I can't open this case. The word can't is short for cannot so an apostrophe is used to show that there are missing letters.
    When an something owns something else, an apostrophe is used to show which part of the sentence is the owner. For example, Peter's computer. An apostrophe is used, followed by an s. This can be extended to situations where ownership is more loosely definied, for example, my CPU's pins are damaged or NVIDIA's new drivers are crap. There are a couple of exceptions to this though. When something already ends in s, you don't need to add another one. For example, Jesus' sandles.
    Also, the words it and who do not follow this rule - My dog just ate its food is actually correct; there is no apostrophe. For the word who, it just becomes whose. For example, the person whose computer is the fastest will win a prize. When you use it's and who's, you are using the "missing letters" rule - it's means it is and who's means who is.


    Well, I hope that's helpful for some of you. Please post back any questions or other tips you may have! If you want any other grammar rules explained, just ask :)
     
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  2. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    I thought my campaign against text speak was heavyhanded...... :p
     
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  3. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Good idea for a post.

    I'm sure some people will already have seen this, however it's a nice reference:
     
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  4. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    Someone spilled glue :ninja:
     
  5. madmatt

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    Glue is good, especially in this case. Good work Ray.
     
  6. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Oooh nice additions Speedy! Thanks for the kind words Matt.

    Cheers for the glue Lord :)
     
  7. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    i like good post's.
     
  8. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    effect is a noun
    affect is a verb

    It is slightly pedantic perhaps but it would be nice to see the general quality of internet grammar improve
     
  9. ShepsCrook

    ShepsCrook Red Sox Fan!

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    Let's not forget our punctuation for our sentences.

    Notice the addition of periods at the end of the above sentences.
    I'm just messing around. It's a very good post to keep in mind.
     
  10. Jewelzz

    Jewelzz OSNN Godlike Veteran

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    Some needs to start a spelling thread as well :s
     
  11. LordOfLA

    LordOfLA Godlike!

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    I kan spel perfikly wel fank yu.

    :p
     
  12. SPeedY_B

    SPeedY_B I may actually be insane.

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    Spelling shouldn't be a problem with the plethora of spell checking options which exist. Though maybe temporarily banning people who consistently make spelling errors could be fun. :p
     
  13. gonaads

    gonaads Beware the G-Man Political User Folding Team

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/drys

    Hmmm, must be an exception to the norm. :rolleyes: :p

    And to affect an effect is just plain confusing.
     
  14. Electronic Punk

    Electronic Punk Administrator Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    which colour would you like it to be?
     
  15. Geffy

    Geffy Moderator Folding Team

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    pink and full of moral fibre
     
  16. ray_gillespie

    ray_gillespie Moderator Staff Member Political User

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    Bloo :)
     
  17. Steevo

    Steevo Spammer representing. Political User Folding Team

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    I have always been taught that IE was as it is what it was, what it is, for rizzle standing, alone, what it is representing, west side, east side, In Example. IE, Err Go, vis a vie',',',',',',',','.
     
  18. Sazar

    Sazar F@H - Is it in you? Staff Member Political User Folding Team

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    Vis-a-vis you mean :smoker:
     
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    I lurned to speel using hoeked on foeniks!!!! I made my mommy vary proud.
     
  20. Merri

    Merri OSNN One Post Wonder

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    Thank you, thank you, thank you! I've wanted to remove apostrophes from messages for ages. As for an apostrophe, when in doubt, leave it out.
    Merri
     
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