The Word i and the Art of Proper Grammar

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mcitinner1

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The two do not co-exist. Zen and Rule Nine. The folks typing on phones, are mostly the culprits here I think. :mrgreen:
Edit: And now I notice that auto correct, won't let me type a lowercase I in the body of this post. Go figure.

 

mawnansmiff

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I use a desktop PC and a Kindle Fire 10 for accessing the internet and mostly use the Kindle whilst contributing to the forum. At first it took a while to get the hang of writing using a virtual keyboard but I eventually got the hang of it and can now type pretty quickly with it. I personally find the auto correct function more of a hindrance than a help.
I've never used a 'phone for internet access and wouldn't even bother if I had one. I can perfectly understand why there are so many spelling and grammatical errors if having to type to a minute screen using an even smaller keyboard. That said, we are given a full ten minutes to proofread our input to check for any such errors, it's just a shame that many don't take advantage of this feature.
Stan, your 'proper grammer' reminds me of a recent post by another forum member chiding another member for his poor 'grammae' :rofl:
Life goes on....
Regards,
Jay.

 

mcitinner1

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I use a laptop also, so hitting the SHIFT key is easier to capitalize a letter than on a phone I guess. What ever the reason, referring to oneself as a lowercase I, is just lazy and makes a sentence hard to read. :crazy:

 

aldecaker

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To be fair, there is a difference between spelling mistakes and grammar mistakes. The irony is still there, though.

 

didimauw

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I believe the main reason I don't make many mistakes while posting, is BECAUSE I use my phone. I'm very good at typing, but Swype (yes that's how it's spelled) with autocorrect to me is so much faster and easier.

 

mawnansmiff

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"The irony is still there, though."
Indeed it is along with a redundant comma after 'there' :roll:



"I just use the voice recognition on mine."

Are you being serious Duane? I never knew that technology had reached the humble 'phone 8O
Regards,
Jay.

 

aldecaker

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"With a phone..."
I wouldn't know. I'm still in the Dark Ages, shackled to this 10" x 14", 1 1/2 pound laptop like some sort of God damned animal.

 

aldecaker

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Redundant comma? I don't believe that for one second. At best, I would see it as an optional stylistic difference. I believe it may be referred to as a "vocative comma", but it's been years since I finished Pedantry School.

 

mcitinner1

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I'm happier with my laptop. I don't want a big heavy smart phone that doesn't fit in a t-shirt pocket. I sit at my 16" laptop, off and on, for a combined, few hours every day. My phone is only for calling and texting, and it's very light and fits just fine in my shirt pocket.

 

aldecaker

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I was being heavily tongue-in-cheek, Stan. I much prefer the laptop to a smart phone myself.
Damn, I forgot a counter eye-roll for Jay, so here it is: :roll:

 

warren

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I try and tend to use punctuation in a manner to convey my speaking style. I had a teacher who condoned, even encouraged my experiment, much to the chagrin of my Grandmother. My technical writing varies considerable to my conversational writing. It's a quirk I admit. Here... unless I'm writing specifically for Jay, in a shameful attempt to gain his approbation, I ah... er... try to write in my speaking voice. I try to do so while adhering to the common rules... stretching them no doubt and even outright violating them at times. I do strive for readability while doing so. And, I am sure it drives other, sometimes pedantic members, like myself... to drink. Or, at least, distraction.

 

ashdigger

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I access the internet on my giant iPhone, my iPad mini, my 8 inch Windows tablet, my Surface Pro and 10 inch Kindle Fire. I do my best at spelling and grammar, but leave that for the technical reports I author. If I make a mistake on a forum I don't slit my wrists. I would encourage like minded restraint.

 

warren

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I believe it's the effort that counts. If I see no effort... my knee jerks sometimes.

 
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