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Alcon
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Here's a game for the grammar nazi in all of us. Or for those of us who do not yet have a grammar nazi, but would like to develop one: make a post with a grammatical error somewhere in it. The next poster to successfully find your grammatical error gets to post the next grammatically flawed post and so on. Poster who places an error which no one can find wins!

I'm sure there's already a grammatical error in my introduction to the post, but I'm gonna add an obvious one that my English professor is always yelling at me for, just in case.

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Vadon
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You start a sentence with 'or,' and end one with a preposition.
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Alcon
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(pst, now it's your turn to post a grammar error)
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Vadon
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(pst, I planted one [Smile] )
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The Rabbit
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That comma is incorrectly used. Technically, however, grammar nazi would certainly argue that punctuation errors are not considered grammar errors.
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Vadon
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You use the singular form of 'grammar nazi' without the indefinite article 'a' before it.

What's more, the 'real' grammatical error in my previous post has still been undiscovered. Therefore, the same error exists in this post as well.

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quote:
Originally posted by Vadon:
You start a sentence with 'or,' and end one with a preposition.

Neither of which is a grammar error, Lowth or no.
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Thank you, rivka. There is nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition, splitting an infinitive, or if you begin sentences with conjunctions. These are all natural English phenomena that have been around for centuries and are used even by those who poo-poo them.
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Vadon, is it that you're using present tense when talking about something in the past?
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quote:
Originally posted by Vadon:
You use the singular form of 'grammar nazi' without the indefinite article 'a' before it.

What's more, the 'real' grammatical error in my previous post has still been undiscovered. Therefore, the same error exists in this post as well.

Inappropriate use of single quotes?
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(I was going for what the past-present issue. I also agree that splitting an infinitive, ending a sentence with a preposition, and beginning a sentence with a conjunction are all silly things to prohibit. I just figured if this is the game for elitist grammar-nazis, you'd include silly rules like those. Maybe we should clarify the rules some more. [Smile] )
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Mike
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quote:
Originally posted by Vadon:
You start a sentence with 'or,' and end one with a preposition.

Comma splice, actually.

[Edit]Incidentally, is Davidson's Law still apply if it's done intentionally?[/Edit]

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He uses a coordinating conjunction, not a comma splice.
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Mike
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quote:
There is nothing wrong with ending a sentence with a preposition, splitting an infinitive, or if you begin sentences with conjunctions.
Nice butchery of parallel structure that, but grammar error it ain't.
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quote:
Originally posted by dantesparadigm:
He uses a coordinating conjunction, not a comma splice.

I guess you're right. Perhaps it's a stylistic thing, I would leave out the comma. [Wink]
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quote:
Originally posted by Mike:
quote:
Originally posted by dantesparadigm:
He uses a coordinating conjunction, not a comma splice.

I guess you're right. Perhaps it's a stylistic thing, I would leave out the comma. [Wink]
If I'm not mistaken, that comma should be a semi-colon.

Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

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Teshi
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This thread could get very bloody.
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quote:
Originally posted by The Rabbit:
quote:
Originally posted by Vadon:
You use the singular form of 'grammar nazi' without the indefinite article 'a' before it.

What's more, the 'real' grammatical error in my previous post has still been undiscovered. Therefore, the same error exists in this post as well.

Inappropriate use of single quotes?
He could be British.
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Mike
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quote:
Originally posted by sylvrdragon:
Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo, buffalo Buffalo buffalo.

Too many commas! Isn't there any grammar errors that don't involve commas? Anyone?

(I have four, count 'em, four grammar errors outstanding in this thread. Come claim 'em, if you can.)

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Liz B
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I think subject-verb agreement has been known to be somewhat problematic, if you don't agree just check out Mike's post.
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Stephan
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Mi hed hrts,
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Starsnuffer
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Re: Mike's
1. Sentence fragment
2. "is there errors" subject-verb agreement
Uh, I suppose that's all I found.

Errorful: I wish there was a new movie out so we had an excuse to go somewhere.

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Starsnuffer
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I retract the following statement: Also, the opening post had a comma splice right at the end nobody has mentioned yet.
[edited]

[ March 01, 2009, 02:53 PM: Message edited by: Starsnuffer ]

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Jon Boy
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No, it doesn't.
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T:man
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I liek tihs thread it maketh me smart, I also like 3 words.
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Why don't you play to the Chicago Manual of Style. I mean, who gives a crap about an Oxford Comma anyhow?
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This thread is enraging. There are a whole bunch of posts with intentional and unintentional errors followed by a slew of response posts also containing intentional and unintentional errors and correctly or incorrectly pointing out errors that may or may not exist. These are errors that the original poster may or may not recognize as errors. It make a grammar Nazi long for a bullet in the brainpan in a bunker in Berlin.

Edit: I didn't intentionally include any errors; that means nothing.

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