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Offline Krakow Sam

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #75 on: May 15, 2007, 05:54:22 pm »
Ha ha!
"speak American good".
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #76 on: May 15, 2007, 06:10:08 pm »
 ;D

All for you!

Lately I've seen a lot (A LOT) of people misusing the apostrophe... are the English rules for the apostrophe the same as the American rules?

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #77 on: May 15, 2007, 06:21:41 pm »
Can I also use an x for words like afflixion?

Don't. Please.

Lately I've seen a lot (A LOT) of people misusing the apostrophe... are the English rules for the apostrophe the same as the American rules?

Yes; I don't think you've mangled the language that badly yet.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #78 on: May 15, 2007, 06:38:01 pm »
I was commenting more on the fact you used 'good' instead of 'well'.
Sam is basically right, he's just cranky.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #79 on: May 15, 2007, 06:54:09 pm »
Yeah, I did that on purpose.

Calling the language 'American' instead of 'English' should have been your first hint.


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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #80 on: May 15, 2007, 06:56:09 pm »
I'm constantly correcting people about adverbs and adjectives.

I remember when my "English teacher" used revel as a noun. Something about people attending a revel. Anyway, wow...just...wow. That was scary.


But my 6th grade English teacher rocked. Rocks. Whatever.
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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #81 on: May 15, 2007, 07:04:12 pm »
I'll be the first to admit that my spelling and grammar isn't perfect (You guys are lucky I'm an avid spell check user) but I know a lot of the mechanics and some of it bothers me because it's so simple to remember.


PAT'S LESSON OF THE DAY
The apostrophe denotes ownership.


The boy took the monkey's banana.
Correct

The boy took the monkeys banana.
Not correct

Who did the banana belong to? The banana belonged to the monkey.


Monkeys like to swing in trees!
Correct

Monkey's like to swing in trees!
Not correct

Who likes to swing in trees? The monkeys like to swing in trees.


Words can be made plural without an apostrophe. In fact most words in the plural form have no apostrophe.



It's not an airtight lesson but it works.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #82 on: May 15, 2007, 08:56:22 pm »
I could try and find the Strong bad email that addresses the use of Apostrophes but i don't feel like watch all 171 of the episodes posted to find it.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #83 on: May 16, 2007, 09:04:38 am »
Then we get into the plural nouns with apostrophes.

When referring to multiple monkeys at the same time:

The monkeys' bananas were all rotten.
Correct

The monkey's bananas were all rotten.
Incorrect

Otherwise, you wouldn't be able to tell whether you had one or multiple monkeys.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #84 on: May 16, 2007, 11:02:29 am »
Let's not forget about it's and its.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #85 on: May 16, 2007, 11:22:34 am »
Jesus' penguins were yellow.
Correct

Jesus's penguins were yellow.
Incorrect

Nouns already ending in s have an apostrophe at the end of the word.
No way dude, you're trolling me.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #86 on: May 16, 2007, 11:49:28 am »
Wrong, Always. Both are considered correct.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #87 on: May 16, 2007, 11:58:57 am »
Hm, I was brought up taught that was true. :/
No way dude, you're trolling me.

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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #88 on: May 16, 2007, 12:01:32 pm »
Both are true but your sentences look silly...

What looks cooler?

Witness's

Witness'



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Re: I've decided to spell the British way
« Reply #89 on: May 16, 2007, 12:51:21 pm »
No, Jesus's is wrong. You lose marks for it in GCSE english. If it was right, you wouldn't.
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