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    Uncomplicating
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    The Copy Chick, post: 109234 wrote:
    my cousin’s son who is in grade 1 showed me his school books where “the flowers had ‘growed’ and the wind ‘blowed'” and this hadn’t been marked wrong. What chance does the poor kid have?
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    My 5 year old daughter was in kindegarten last year. She was given a list of words for spelling practice and it included the word “Brang”.

    #1093784
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    The Copy Chick, post: 109234 wrote:
    my cousin’s son who is in grade 1 showed me his school books where “the flowers had ‘growed’ and the wind ‘blowed'” and this hadn’t been marked wrong. What chance does the poor kid have?
    .

    My 5 year old daughter was in kindegarten last year. She was given a list of words for spelling practice and it included the word “Brang”.

    #1093656
    The Copy Chick
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    UncomplicatingIT, post: 109237 wrote:
    My 5 year old daughter was in kindegarten last year. She was given a list of words for spelling practice and it included the word “Brang”.

    Oh dear lord! :(

    #1093785
    The Copy Chick
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    UncomplicatingIT, post: 109237 wrote:
    My 5 year old daughter was in kindegarten last year. She was given a list of words for spelling practice and it included the word “Brang”.

    Oh dear lord! :(

    #1093657
    Shaukat Adam (Khalid)
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    Well youre just going to have ecuse my engrish

    #1093786
    Shaukat Adam (Khalid)
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    Well youre just going to have ecuse my engrish

    #1093660
    tonyk
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    I have seen In and If spelt as I’n and I’f. Not sure how this is possible in this day and age.

    #1093787
    tonyk
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    I have seen In and If spelt as I’n and I’f. Not sure how this is possible in this day and age.

    #1093662
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    The Copy Chick, post: 109234 wrote:
    LOL – that’s awesome Victor :D

    That said, I still have a very hard time with those who use text talk in their typing (c u l8tr).

    My wife is senior at one of the big city accounts firms and receives a regular supply of applications and C.V.s from graduates using text talk.

    And don’t get me started on the apparently random use of the apostrophe. It drives me nuts.

    Its as if thayve never had no propper grammer and riting lesson’s.

    #1093788
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    The Copy Chick, post: 109234 wrote:
    LOL – that’s awesome Victor :D

    That said, I still have a very hard time with those who use text talk in their typing (c u l8tr).

    My wife is senior at one of the big city accounts firms and receives a regular supply of applications and C.V.s from graduates using text talk.

    And don’t get me started on the apparently random use of the apostrophe. It drives me nuts.

    Its as if thayve never had no propper grammer and riting lesson’s.

    #1093664
    DavidM
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    I’m all for speaking like the customer, but yes I too do cringe sometimes. The one I really have a bee in my bonnet about is:

    ‘You should see the amount of times that I…’

    Actually, it’s number of times. If you can count it; it’s number of times. If you can’t count it, it’s amount. E.g:

    • The number of times I always have to wait in line is unacceptable
    • The amount of flour in this cake is unacceptable

    But yes – just like the book How to win friends and influence people advises, I don’t correct people. Probably because I’m also bound to trigger Muphry’s law.

    #1093789
    DavidM
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    I’m all for speaking like the customer, but yes I too do cringe sometimes. The one I really have a bee in my bonnet about is:

    ‘You should see the amount of times that I…’

    Actually, it’s number of times. If you can count it; it’s number of times. If you can’t count it, it’s amount. E.g:

    • The number of times I always have to wait in line is unacceptable
    • The amount of flour in this cake is unacceptable

    But yes – just like the book How to win friends and influence people advises, I don’t correct people. Probably because I’m also bound to trigger Muphry’s law.

    #1093665
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    DavidM, post: 109246 wrote:
    I’m all for speaking like the customer, but yes I too do cringe sometimes. The one I really have a bee in my bonnet about is:

    ‘You should see the amount of times that I…’

    Actually, it’s number of times. If you can count it; it’s number of times. If you can’t count it, it’s amount. E.g:

    • The number of times I always have to wait in line is unacceptable
    • The amount of flour in this cake is unacceptable

    But yes – just like the book How to win friends and influence people advises, I don’t correct people. Probably because I’m also bound to trigger Muphry’s law.

    I’m the same with “Less” and “Fewer”.

    #1093790
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    DavidM, post: 109246 wrote:
    I’m all for speaking like the customer, but yes I too do cringe sometimes. The one I really have a bee in my bonnet about is:

    ‘You should see the amount of times that I…’

    Actually, it’s number of times. If you can count it; it’s number of times. If you can’t count it, it’s amount. E.g:

    • The number of times I always have to wait in line is unacceptable
    • The amount of flour in this cake is unacceptable

    But yes – just like the book How to win friends and influence people advises, I don’t correct people. Probably because I’m also bound to trigger Muphry’s law.

    I’m the same with “Less” and “Fewer”.

    #1093667
    Jason Ramage
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    Oh-My-Gosh

    There may be a need for me to refrain from posting in this forum until I can re-enroll in some form of higher education (predominately English) as I feel my grammar may cause some internal grievances. 😮

    Any suggestions on which school would provide the best outcome in Melbourne?

    Cheers

    Jason Ramage | Lucas Arthur Pty Ltd | E: hello@lucasarthur.net.au   P: 61 3 8324 0344    M: 61 412 244 888
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