For all you grammar sticklers out there
Replies: 11 - Last Post: May 16, 2013 12:31 AM Last Post By: iviehoff
May 13, 2013 9:21 AM
1We find this sample question:
a) My friend who is very fit won the 100-metre race.
b) The man meanwhile picked up his bag and carried on walking.
I find those completely clear even without the customary commas. I suppose if they were actually unclear the candidate wouldn't know which meaning to clarify to!
May 13, 2013 12:25 PM
May 13, 2013 12:56 PM
3One of my pupils pointed out to me today that I had left out an apostrophe on the whiteboard this morning. Miracle of miracles, she was correct.
My mantra is: if you leave it out people might think you were in a hurry and forgot. If you put it in the wrong place (usually near an s) people will know you did not listen and learn correctly.
One year one of my local shops advertised "tenni's ball's " for sale.
Edited by: ambarush
May 13, 2013 4:47 PM
4I do calligraphy and occasionally am visited by Titivillus, because one is concentrating on the style of writing something rather than checking the spelling. Titivillus also has another job hanging around Churches checking on who is not listening and gathering up information for judgement day. I think there is possibly someone else who goes around collecting the mis-placed apostrophes and inserting them in places lacking apostrophes. Could be an old-wives tale, but your pupil could be a youthful recruit.
May 14, 2013 4:47 AM
May 14, 2013 12:47 PM
"Too much, too young" sounds fine to me. Did The Idler propose a rewrite? "Too much at too young an age" or something? I can't see that as an improvement in any way.
May 15, 2013 12:45 AM
May 15, 2013 8:36 AM
I agree the second sentence is odd. Like bjd, i'd put 'meanwhile' upfront.
The first sentence changes meaning if you add a comma after 'My friend' (and after 'fit') which would make it more logical but without it it is not incorrect. Just unlikely.
May 15, 2013 8:52 AM
May 15, 2013 12:07 PM
There is nothing grammatically wrong with "time flies like an arrow, fruit flies like a banana" either.
Nevertheless, your sentence doesn't sound fine to me (unlike "too much, too young"). Does it sound fine to you? Does "Too much, too young" sound fine to you?
Do you understand the difference between sounding fine and not violating a specific rule found in books of grammar (which I guess is what you mean "nothing grammatically wrong")? If not, I'll try to explain. If so, what's your point?
May 16, 2013 12:31 AM
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