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Author Topic: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe  (Read 16454 times)

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #30 on: October 29, 2008, 09:34:21 AM »
uhm.. the 3 little words thread is making me bring this one back up...

" that's not fine " is short for " that is not fine" which is a 4 words
" now I'm tired " is short for "now I am tired" which is also 4 words

just because we use an apostrophe, it don't mean the word vanished... back when I was in college, those " 's" and " 'll "  counted as a full word!!!
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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #31 on: October 29, 2008, 01:28:17 PM »
uhm.. the 3 little words thread is making me bring this one back up...

" that's not fine " is short for " that is not fine" which is a 4 words
" now I'm tired " is short for "now I am tired" which is also 4 words

just because we use an apostrophe, it don't mean the word vanished... back when I was in college, those " 's" and " 'll "  counted as a full word!!!


I was wondering when this little item was going to be challenged! I'm guilty too! agagagagag

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #32 on: October 30, 2008, 12:12:15 AM »
When one is restricted to only 3 words, I think that contractions are a valid way to stay within the rules, as are other commonly used abbreviations that might reduce word count while conveying meaning.

FYI's ok, right?   ahahahahah


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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #33 on: June 07, 2010, 02:48:34 PM »
Upon reading recent posts, it seems that, gosh, this thread is as fresh and relevant as ever it was. bibibibibi

I do have a pet peeve about this, I guess...certainly coming from English teachers. I can't help it...when one consistently misuses an apostrophe in what's otherwise supposed to be good English, here is the mental picture I get:


...no matter how hard I try not to. bibibibibi
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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #34 on: December 08, 2010, 05:50:44 PM »
Hmmmm...time to bump this thread up again. Might even make it a sticky.
This thread is OBVIOUSLY NOT BEING READ ENOUGH! llllllllll
(Maybe that should be "OBVIOUS'LY NOT BEING RED ENUFF" instead?)

There's not even a trace of "better-than-you" at work here. Many of us, including me, sometimes write in dialects, etc. for effect, and that's cool. Some of us, such as our old and dear friend Da Dan, are not English teachers at all, and therefore free to write any damn way they want to.

The point is, if you're going to come on here and present yourself as an English teacher, you'd better be prepared to demonstrate a command of the English language at least better than that of the gentleman with the well-ventilated bathroom pictured above.

If you can't do that, perhaps a career re-evaluation might be in order. bibibibibi kkkkkkkkkk
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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #35 on: December 08, 2010, 07:21:22 PM »
Concur wholeheartedly RD
I also object to people saying "laying" when they mean "lying". It makes me think of chickens.
And why can nobody spell the word "definitely" correctly?
It's really not that hard,is it?
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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #36 on: December 09, 2010, 05:09:03 AM »
Other Forums are waaaaay worse!..........and don't tell me I should use Fora. This isn't Latin class!

"Forums" is an acceptable alternative in English.  (In Latin it would be "Fori", if you're talking of plural/multiple locations).

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #37 on: December 09, 2010, 01:49:19 PM »
Mmmmmm, Leeeeather

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #38 on: December 10, 2010, 03:17:22 AM »
"Now I lay me down to sleep" - does this conjure an image of crapping feathers or what?

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #39 on: December 10, 2010, 07:53:12 AM »
yes but that is poetry, and "lay me down' is not the same somehow as "I was laying on the floor when... " as my students write. But it's a valid question,latefordinner. You have got me scratching my head there
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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #40 on: December 10, 2010, 04:48:37 PM »
Mmmmmm, Leeeeather

Well, you might be interested to know that we have leather straps at The Saloon, too. afafafafaf
Of course, they're reserved only for people who try to take On-Topic Area threads off-topic, and even then only used to strap them to the table of our makeshift surgical facilities down behind the scream-proof walls of our basement, to cut down their wriggling and howling while we harvest their organs.

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« Last Edit: December 31, 2010, 06:11:14 PM by Raoul Duke »
"Vicodin and dumplings...it's a great combination!" (Anthony Bourdain, in Harbin)

"Here in China we aren't just teaching...
we're building the corrupt, incompetent, baijiu-swilling buttheads of tomorrow!" (Raoul F. Duke)

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #41 on: July 27, 2011, 09:19:04 PM »
Well Ive just read the thread, so the bump was worth it. Ill play safe though, and leave the apostrophes out totally!  bjbjbjbjbj

Ill apologise in advance for my bad English ... I re-read a post I made on another forum recently and I have adopted Chinglish. 'I have been studied this subject for 5 years'

Worryingly I find I myself doing this more and more.

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #42 on: July 29, 2011, 05:21:00 AM »
Well I have recently read (not here fortunately) epeople who can't differentiate between their and there, or they're.
It's extremely annoying. llllllllll
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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #43 on: August 25, 2011, 12:32:26 AM »
I thought of this thread immediately after reading this news article.

http://shine.yahoo.com/event/fallfashion/grammar-fail-on-old-navys-college-t-shirts-uh-oh-2531551/

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Re: A Resource for English Teachers: How to Use a F@%king Apostrophe
« Reply #44 on: August 25, 2011, 12:49:33 AM »
You and I had the same exact thought. agagagagag
"Vicodin and dumplings...it's a great combination!" (Anthony Bourdain, in Harbin)

"Here in China we aren't just teaching...
we're building the corrupt, incompetent, baijiu-swilling buttheads of tomorrow!" (Raoul F. Duke)