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Old 30th January 2005, 01:08 AM   #11
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Old 30th January 2005, 01:20 AM   #12
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Same one as me dave, mispelling instead of misspelling I know it looks wrong with two s'

and just for the record I say aunt same as in can't with an ahhh sound not ant, and I have never heard anyone say it like want (I'm assuming this is on sound as in ont)

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Old 7th February 2005, 05:32 AM   #13
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Besides spelling errors, there are numerous grammatical ones to show the ignorance of the average North American Internet user. This thread is a good example -- just look at wintermute's post (number eight, first line).

The most offending mistake, from my point of view, is using "then" where "than" should be. These two words are not even close in meaning. It's disgusting that you people don't respect your own language.
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It's disgusting that you people don't respect your own language.
Well, language in itself doesn't deserve respect. It's the respect for those reading what you write that counts. There are numerous ways to annoy your readers, grammar and spelling being two of those where correctness is most easily achieved.

However, I guess one of the reasons we who don't speak English natively come off as a little better is simply because we know we have to think about what we write. Every word is a conscious effort. I'd be willing to bet my writing in Swedish is worse, spelling and grammar-wise, than my English.

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Old 7th February 2005, 09:56 AM   #15
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Different people have different skills. It's not a matter of respect or disrespect, it's a matter of priorities. I try to be precise in my writing (sometimes successfully, sometimes not), but it's not out of a sense of virtue, it's just my little hangup. I've seen some appalling spelling in first draft papers written by Nobelists.
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Old 7th February 2005, 10:18 AM   #16
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Once I realised the correct spelling I associated it with finite and then I was ok.
I assume that this is the line you are talking about prune? I fail to see how you could replace then with than. (Yes I do know the difference; I suspect that you don't properly understand the sentence).

Any other Native English speakers like to comment?

BTW I'm not a North American

And just for the record, many non-native English speakers I have met do have a much better grasp of grammar than the average Australian.

This is probably because they have been formally taught grammar, whereas unless you go to a private school in Australia grammar isn't on the curriculum.

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PS. and by the way I just copied that post into word and as far as microsoft is concerned there are no gramatical errors present, so I guess we can blame microsoft if it is full of grammatical errors
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"Grammatical."

Heh, heh, heh.
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Old 7th February 2005, 10:29 AM   #18
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thanks SY

ahh well I did say earlier that my biggest mistake was using double letters where I shouldn't and not using them where I should. <blushes profusely>

where is that damn spell checker in diyaudio hehehe you should have waited a bit longer SY <imagines SY using his moderator powers once edit time out has passed>

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