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Grammar Questions

Discussion in 'Issues Around the World' started by ethics, Aug 20, 2004.

  1. Violet1966

    Violet1966 Stand and Deliver Staff Member

    I was taught that that's a big no no ;)
  2. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    No, it's not needed, but it won't hurt. :)
  3. Fiona

    Fiona Veteran Member

    me too at sharon...
    and I'm glad you figured it out Leon... if it helps I'd wager most Native born Americans couldn't do any better. :cool:
  4. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    Native Americans are not my competition. :)
  5. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    "And," "or," and "but" are conjunctions, not prepositions.


  6. Fiona

    Fiona Veteran Member

    conjunction junction whats your function, hookin up words and phrases and clauses...

    (never underestimate the power of SchoolHouse Rock!)
  7. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    My bad.
    How many dinner parties with Queen Victoria......... (props to the first person to tell me where that quote is from.)
  8. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    Not to be confused with Consumption Junction. :cool:

  9. Fiona

    Fiona Veteran Member

    sounds familiar... first guess is it's steve martin or robin williams.. (???)
  10. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    Nope, but it is from a comedy tape.
  11. Fiona

    Fiona Veteran Member

  12. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    Nope, it's from the Mel Brooks, Carl Reiner's 2,000 Year old man in the year 2000. Very funny.
  13. joseftu

    joseftu ORIGINAL Pomp-Dumpster

    Oh! I have to try to get that one.

    I loved the original 2,000 year old man, and I've heard (and also loved) 2000 and 13. But I didn't know there was another!
  14. Sir Joseph

    Sir Joseph Registered User

    It's the only one I have, and it's very funny. Now I have to check for the original one.
  15. Sacchiridites

    Sacchiridites Banned

    I think there is a difference between proper nouns (as for agencies) and the group reference.

    My take: If it's a business, then it is as the company has registered it, grammatically "correct" or not. For example, I know the agency name "Children Services Bureau" seems strange....... but, that's how it is. No if's, and's or but's.

    Men's, Ladies', Children's, are all group descriptors, not proper nouns as business names are.

  16. ethics

    ethics Pomp-Dumpster Staff Member

    I don't know but Lands' End got a lot of crap for writing their name like that and they still don't think anything is wrong with that.
  17. Sacchiridites

    Sacchiridites Banned

    correction ifs, ands or buts...
  18. rockotman

    rockotman Blown on the steel breeze

    The above also clearly demonstrates that Leon cannot (or is it "can not") count. :haha:
  19. ravital

    ravital Banned

    While we're at it...

    I used to have trouble (maybe I still do) with the possessive/apostrophe + "s" after "it" as in:

    We published the company's phone directory


    The company published its phone directory

    I can only hope "its" is right, because "it's" is a contraction of "it is" - anyone?

    [P.S. It amazes me to see how many folks with Master's degrees I have worked with over the years who put the apostrophe + "s" for every plural...]
  20. SixofNine

    SixofNine Jedi Sage Staff Member

    You are correct, sir. Yet another exception (to the normal possessive rule) in our wonderful language.
    That seems to be a fairly frequent error on the Internet, too.


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