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In saying "Mike's and my house", you are absolutely correct.
In saying "90s" you are not. I assume you are referring to the 1990s, correct. so the proper punctuation of "nineties" should be "'90s", using an apostrophe in the place of the "19" and not between "0" and "s". But in case I'm mistaken, I'll look into it.

RE to UIP:
1. "The house of Mike and Me" is too wordy for most people to say, as correct as it is.

2. When you split up "Mike and my's house", you would be saying "Mike house and my's house", which doesn't make sense. That's the rule I follow with multiple possessives: always break it up, then put it back together.

RE to lastronin:

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 8:20pm

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RE to myne:

That may be the case, but in thirty-two years of teaching English, surely the issue of same-sentence colon and semicolon use has come up. Besides, thirty-two years of teaching is called experience. Ethos is directly involved in the argument. Have you ever written a paper you know nothing about? Personal experience supports argument, as does research. Now, if you research a well-documented and legit source and find Louise is incorrect, good for you. If you do not, you've learned the meanings of the term "ethos" and the phrase "think before you speak".

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 7:51pm

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"I am indebted to my family, especially my cousins: Jane Smith, my first teacher, without whom I would not be where I am today; and John Smith, my second teacher, who taught me more than he could have possibly imagined."

Here's what I would say to eliminate both colon and semicolon:

"I am indebted to my family, especially my cousins Jane and John Smith, my first and second teachers respectively, without whom I would not be where I am today and who have taught me more than they could possibly have imagined."

I prefer not to list for the simple fact that I hate using colons and semicolons when I'm not sure of writing rules in that particular situation.

The only problem I see with my version is that if the author wanted to indicate that John Smith taught him/her more than Jane, but that is all perspective.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 7:43pm

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Yes, Miranda, your capitalization is, lol. Northern begins the sentence and southern doesn't.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 10:38am

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Capitalize directions when you are referring to a region as a title for the region and not the direction:

1. I am going south for winter.

2. The South lost the war.

3. The weather is beautiful in southern France.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 10:35am

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Dos and Don'ts

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 10:32am

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The "Kids" might be plural, but it is part of the initials for something that is singular.

"HFK's" to describe possession of the activities
"HFK" to describe the activities

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 10:29am

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When I first read this, I thought, "why even have bullets?" Then I saw that the three items did, in fact, require different types of flour. The way I would do it is as follows:

Which type of flour would you use for the following items:
1. bread

2. cake

3. cookies

But if you wanted them to end in question marks you would want it to look like this:

Which type of flour would you use to make...

1. bread?

2. cake?

3. cookies?

That is my opinion.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 10:18am

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And why is it that Northerners can't understand the South's warmth in using incorrect words? For that matter, it's not so much incorrect as it is part of the Southern dialect. When you spell it "sleep" you make it look like they are using the wrong word altogether. When you spell it "'sleep", you show that it is a contraction of the correct word.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 10:01am

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They's too a-sleepy for to using the right grammers. lol

Srsly, no I've never encountered that misuse, and I have lived in Northern Arkansas for ten years.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 9:50am

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Oh, sorry, lol. I'm from Arkansas and we say "ant".

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 9:20am

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According to Webster's New World Dictionary, both pronunciations are acceptable. The problem, in my experience, wasn't in how people said it but how people spelled it. A-U-N-T and not A-N-T.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 9:19am

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Dear Sneed,

At least they knew to capitalize. If you are going to clear dust from someone's eyes, make your to remove the plank from yours first.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 9:03am

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Don't assume people who say "ideal" as a noun are entirely wrong in using it. According to Webster's New World Dictionary, "ideal" can be used as a noun if the idea in and of itself is ideal. Here's the word-for-word definition:

i-de-al: adj. 1. existing as an idea, model, etc. 2. thought of as perfect 3. existing only in the mind; imaginary --n. 1. a conception of something in its most excellent form 2. a perfect model 3. a goal or principle

So, let's say your high school English teacher says the word and you laugh, thinking she's stupid. If she were talking about Martin Luther King, Jr.'s "I Have A Dream" speech, she would be correct in her usage because he had envisioned ideals of the human social position.

However, if your teacher we're talking about how some idiot football player had gotten the "ideal" into his head to cheat on the last English test, that would have been incorrect usage due to how imperfect the idea of cheating is. Aside from moral and ethical issues it brings about, there's always a chance of getting caught, no matter how discreet the method is-if someone were to discover the ideal way to cheat, I would be grateful, believe me; I hate studying.

Anyway, I hope this has cleared some of the confusion up, granted I'm about four years late.

crbrimer89 March 19, 2009, 8:59am

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