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John Bannon

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I hate to be pedantic but....
« on: May 11, 2010, 04:13:37 PM »
I hate to be pedantic, but surely in the forum stats where it says latest member it has Brian+Bernie surely it should read latest members (plural).

Can you tell I've finished my work early today and I'm bored.........


John Bannon

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2010, 09:49:35 PM »
I hate to be even more pedantic, but the last poster used the word surely in the same sentence, does he not think about what he's saying...obviously not. Mind you I know him very well and he was extremely bored at the time. Having said that its no excuse..

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #2 on: May 11, 2010, 10:37:56 PM »
I hate to be even more pedantic, but the last poster used the word surely in the same sentence, does he not think about what he's saying...obviously not. Mind you I know him very well and he was extremely bored at the time. Having said that its no excuse..

I love to be even more pedantic and would like to point out to the bored and pedantic poster that his "its" should be "it's".

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #3 on: May 11, 2010, 10:47:42 PM »
I wish to be further pedantic and point out that the original poster did not need to add the word 'plural', regardless of brackets, after the word 'members' as this in itself is plural. Besides, I disagree. 
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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #4 on: May 11, 2010, 11:31:44 PM »
This board is so cruel, I'm reporting you all to the Alzheimer's society..... it quite obvious what this poor fool was trying to say...... he didn't mean to put plural in brackets, he was definitely going to make an apostrophe where it should have been placed and he was going to say that a word, that I can't rememer had been repeated twice in one sentence......anyway it's a hot milk drink and a biscuit and I'm off to bed and way before I'm ordered by the matron....once a rebel, always a rebel........

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #5 on: May 11, 2010, 11:48:57 PM »
....I'm reporting you all to the Alzheimer's society..... it quite obvious...

No, 'it' should have been 'it's'.
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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #6 on: May 11, 2010, 11:51:45 PM »
....that I can't rememer

No, it's remember.
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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #7 on: May 11, 2010, 11:54:54 PM »
For me, the first post contained an error in that latest member should have had quote marks around the phrase.

Secondly in post two, using the same word twice in a sentence ("surely") is not a grammatical error and, indeed, if one were to check the Cabinet Office guidelines for report writing , using the same word twice in one sentence is not dissaproved of.  The older generation may find it distasteful (include me in) but language moves on, develops and thrives on change.

Post two again, would 'I would love to be more of a pedant' be more appropriate? - why apologise?  Use active speech rather than passive.

Post two yet again ( no agenda here, John), but you say 'obviously not'.  There has been much debate about the use of 'obviously' or its derivatives and their validity and whether 'clearly' is a more precise word in the circumstances.

And another, how can one be "more" of a pedant?  You either are or you aren't

Spell check aside, I would expect challenges on the use of "its derivatives" regarding the absence / presence of an apostrophe. Also whether "in the circumstances" should be "under the circumstances"


There's another debate to be had as to about whether '////' should be used or "////".

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #8 on: May 12, 2010, 02:45:00 AM »
Oh no! The pedants are revolting.
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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #9 on: May 12, 2010, 09:12:40 AM »
Oh no! The pedants are revolting.

No, 'in a state of revolt'.
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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #10 on: May 12, 2010, 09:41:37 AM »
Anna Nother Thing.....

Not wanting to be pedantic like, but

In post 1, it's incorrect to write ".......the forum stats where it says....."

Forum stats cannot speak.  'states' may be more appropriate

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #11 on: May 12, 2010, 06:32:00 PM »
Punctuation test.

Insert the correct punctuation into the statement below:

there is too much space between pig and and and and and whistle

I thank you.
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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #12 on: May 12, 2010, 07:23:05 PM »
Punctuation test.

Insert the correct punctuation into the statement below:

there is too much space between pig and and and and and whistle

I thank you.

Andrew I love to try this. After the last few postings I just don't feel confident enough.  Going to watch Fulham on TV, whilst keeping an eye on the Cardiff score and at the same quaffing a firkin or two of ale.....after that might have a go...

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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #13 on: May 12, 2010, 07:51:36 PM »
Punctuation test.

Insert the correct punctuation into the statement below:

there is too much space between pig and and and and and whistle

I thank you.

there is too much space between pig and and and and and whistle

 ;)
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Re: I hate to be pedantic but....
« Reply #14 on: May 12, 2010, 07:53:01 PM »
Punctuation test.

Insert the correct punctuation into the statement below:

there is too much space between pig and and and and and whistle

I thank you.

Alternatively:

there is too much space between pig and and, and and and whistle
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