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11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
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targ
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targ,
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7/30/2012 | 8:56:32 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
In #6, different from, not different than.
kbuchs559
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7/30/2012 | 7:01:45 PM
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You have a mistake in your mistake "released its first earnings report", so that it isn't a mistake. Probably you meant to write the first occurrence as "released it's first earnings report".
DataBass
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7/30/2012 | 6:43:16 PM
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Regarding Sentence Starters and Endings...
What if the first word in the sentence is a trademarked word that starts with a lower case letter? If such a noun is written with an initial upper-case letter, then it is spelled wrong. In one case I have, it is written in initial lower-case everywhere, even in their (not "they're" :-) ) own written documentation as well as on their web site.

I wholeheartedly agree with you that sentences should end with ".", "?" and "!".
So why do so many people end sentences with quotation marks?
For example:
He asked "What happened?" Inappropriate
He asked "What happened?". Appropriate
Did you say "Hello." Inappropriate
Did you say "Hello."? Appropriate

Are we on the same wavelength?
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7/30/2012 | 6:39:35 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
Two of my pet peeves:

-- Intelligent people whom I love dearly often mangle the past participle of "go," as in: "I should have went." (Or worse: "I should of went.")

-- When using two objects of the preposition, they use the nominative case when they need the objective, as in: "I bought dinner for John and I."

Monica Roland, former copy editor and teacher
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7/30/2012 | 6:34:36 PM
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The sad thing is that in a few years the people in positions that should care about grammar will be comprised of the generation that does not care. Rome is burning, folks.
Stan Levine
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Stan Levine,
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7/30/2012 | 6:30:36 PM
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An excellent article. Annoying as heck when people misuse those types of words. Thanks for giving me something to which I can provide a link when they transgress too/two/to much (circle the first one!).
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ANON1248837340478,
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7/30/2012 | 6:29:28 PM
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I find that people have more trouble using "me" in the object because putting "I" last in the subject is emphasized so much. People mistakenly transfer that lesson to the object without understanding why it's wrong.

Also, completely agree with the reflexive pronouns. That is my wife's biggest peeve. I actually think she errs in the opposite direction, but most people definitely do not.
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7/30/2012 | 6:20:26 PM
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Re #10: a technique I have taught my children. It works well, but the number of people who will start a sentence with "Me and Soandso..." is just frightening.

I would add "me vs. myself" as #12: How often have you heard something like, "If you have a question, just contact myself or my partner." Sorry, but no, you can't contact myself (only I can do that), but you can contact ME if you like.

And yes, I too still use complete sentences and punctuation when I text. Yes, it takes more time, but who says I have to be in such a hurry?
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7/30/2012 | 6:09:11 PM
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As an editor, I share you pain and have many others I could contribute. As a middle-aged end-user, I sometimes struggle with getting the devices and touchscreens to cooperate when typing, especially when it comes to apostrophes. So I have to plead guilty -- I will often allow "it's" to substitute for "it's" and forgo capitals out of simple frustration.
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7/30/2012 | 5:59:29 PM
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Along with the errors mentioned above, I will add two more. Affect and Effect and Farther and Further (yes, you may count them as four words), but error in use would be two...
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