A quicky grammar lesson.

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A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby Kiss The Monkey » Tue Jun 14, 18:35 2011

Now, I'll be the first to admit that I'm not perfect, and neither is my writing. I do pride myself, however, on my ability to differentiate between phonetically similar, yet definition-ally different words(homonyms).

By far, the most glaringly obvious example of this would be the difference between "your" and "you're". So many people I know think that these words are interchangeable. This is not the case. They are two completely different words with two completely different definitions.

Definitions of "your" and "you're", respectively, from dictionary.com:

Your - [pronoun] -1. a form of the possessive case of you used as an attributive adjective: Your jacket is in that closet. I like your idea. Compare: Yours
2. one's, used to indicate that one belonging to oneself or to any person: The consulate is your best source of information. As you go down the hill, the library is on your left.
3. used informally to indicate all members of a group, occupation, etc., or things of a particular type: Take your factory worker, for instance. Your power brakes don't need that much servicing.

You're - contraction of you are: You're certain that's right?

As you can plainly see, these words DO NOT mean the same thing. In fact, the second is not even a singular word, but a shortened form of two different words, you and are, as in You are using the word "you're" incorrectly.

When in doubt, say the sentence you are trying to convey out loud to yourself. Can you replace the word "your" with "You are"? Is the subject of your sentence DOING something? If so, use "you're", or, even better, just use "You are" to eliminate any possible confusion.

Does the subject of the sentence BELONG to someone? Then use "your", as in Your status is so funny.

In fact, when you say "your" and "you're" out loud, they should sound different. "Your" should be pronounced "yore", as in "the saintly days of yore". "You're" should sound more like "yew-er".

This concludes today's lesson on grammar. In the words of a good friend of mine, "You're right, people are stupid though, you're smart. Now go get your hair did."

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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby monk » Tue Jun 14, 19:12 2011

At the beginning of this year I commented on this very subject

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=42011&p=624675&hilit=yor#p624664

I do apologize for any frustration I may have innocently caused you. My brain just does this.

I will try to concentrate and keep yor feelings in mind in the future.
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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby Bork » Tue Jun 14, 19:54 2011

This drives me fucking INSANE. I have absolutely no patience or understanding when it comes to messing up with homonyms. Get it right. Otherwise, you're just being stupid and lazy.
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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby Kiss The Monkey » Tue Jun 14, 20:17 2011

monk wrote:At the beginning of this year I commented on this very subject

viewtopic.php?f=13&t=42011&p=624675&hilit=yor#p624664

I do apologize for any frustration I may have innocently caused you. My brain just does this.

I will try to concentrate and keep yor feelings in mind in the future.


Hahahaha!

This was more directed at some of my facebook / RL friends that post the wrong version of the word in their status CONSTANTLY. Drives me nuts. I usually don't notice here.

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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby spacefem » Tue Jun 14, 20:20 2011

wait, I thought it was the internet we could just use 'ur' for everything?

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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby SakuraSong » Tue Jun 14, 20:55 2011

Grammar should be banned from the internet. It's just too srs bzn.
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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby newlydiscovered » Wed Jun 15, 20:41 2011

I just can't believe how common the your/you're mistake is. It's a pet hate of mine... also when 'definitely' gets spelled 'definately'. Grr.
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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby helium » Wed Jun 15, 20:48 2011

I'm pretty sure I made a post about the definitely/defiantly thing a while ago. The you're/your thing makes me fucking batshit, as does it's/its and then/than. OR pretty much any of that shit, especially when it's used in some public or commercial announcement.

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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby Sonic# » Wed Jun 15, 20:57 2011

I only hesitate to criticize others' grammar because there are or will be times when I commit the mistake. This can be for its/it's, for your/you're. It can be my forgetting the difference between a gerund and a participle, or misspelling a word near and dear to my heart. And when that time happens, I feel so terrible.

So I'll point it out if someone's giving me snark, or if they seem to be habitually doing it. Otherwise, I try to be frustrated silently.

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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby spacefem » Thu Jun 16, 5:27 2011

This thread reminds me of two very important pages on the intarwebs that you should know about.

First, a guide to the apostrophe, by Bob the Angry Flower:
http://www.angryflower.com/bobsqu.gif

A guide to the alot, by hyperbole and a half:
http://hyperboleandahalf.blogspot.com/2 ... thing.html

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Re: A quicky grammar lesson.

Postby Kiss The Monkey » Sat Jun 18, 17:34 2011

That second link is quite possibly one of the best blogs I've ever read.

*Edit: Eeeeee I'm on the front page again!

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