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I. s.a.y. w.e. d.o.n.t u.s.e. e.n.o.u.g.h. p.e.r.i.o.d.s. L.O.L. :)

Matt P September 6, 2011, 11:38pm

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French uses the verb "d├ęcapitalizer." I'm a teacher at a college, and I have seen the term "decapitalize" in textbooks. I suggest that you use this because of the French and the textbooks.

Matt P September 6, 2011, 11:35pm

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Actually, Mr. Are You All Retarded?, why would you waste your time posting if you really thought we were all retarded. Your neediness is obvious, so I just want to let you know that you are safe here and that we will validate you and tell you that you are smarter than your daddy recognized :)

Matt P September 6, 2011, 11:28pm

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@ are you all retarded?

Your response is brilliant. So deep and insightful. What a brain you must have!

BrockawayBaby September 6, 2011, 11:25pm

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"Group" is a collective noun. I'm an American, and the following sounds awkward to me:

"A group of people are on the attack."

But this sounds correct to me:

"A group of people is on the attack."

Is it the opposite for you English out there?

What happens when I use a collective noun in these sentences:

"There is a group."
"There are a group."

Since the verb is determined by the term "group," the British would choose the second sentence as correct, but the second sentence sounds ridiculous to my U. S. of American ear.

To be even clearer about my problem with collective nouns, here are a few more sentences, which seem incorrect to me, though they follow the British rule of always treating collective nouns as plurals:

"There are the team, Manchester United, leaving the field in glory."
"There are the band, Radiohead, conquering the world."
"There are the group of Americans messing up grammar for the rest of us."

BrockawayBaby August 28, 2011, 1:29am

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I can't stop laughing about richardpry's pronunciation of "people". I shouldn't laugh, and no one should challenge him on it--an IQ of less that 70 is correlated to his exact pronunciation: "pee-po". LOL!

BrockawayBaby August 28, 2011, 1:02am

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The lyric is indeed correct as it stands. I suggest that the proper expansion is most likely this: "I want it to be that way."

BrockawayBaby August 28, 2011, 12:54am

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You can get the response you want by asking this question:

What does the following say: 'Manmohan Singh is the Fouteenth Prime Minister of India'?

BrockawayBaby August 28, 2011, 12:47am

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Isn't grammar separate from style, and aren't you talking about style, BobH? As I understand it, punctuation falls under the category of style.

BrockawayBaby August 28, 2011, 12:35am

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Pebbles--Just a minor comment on one of the terms you used, "higher-ups". It should actually be "highers-up". Check out the discussion entitled "Someone else's" and look at the comments about the plural of "passer-by".

BrockawayBaby August 27, 2011, 11:11pm

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We "fall asleep," so we should "rise awake," right? We "go to sleep" and "come awake," right? And "we get up, stand up, stand up for our rights," so we should "get down, sit down, sit down against our restrictions," no?

BrockawayBaby August 25, 2011, 9:47pm

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It's a good thing that the "non-standard" designation is only important to elitists! Thanks, Fred.

BrockawayBaby August 19, 2011, 11:18pm

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koam: assertions
sigurd: supported assertions

BrockawayBaby August 19, 2011, 9:46am

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I think dyske is correct. We should also change "support gay rights" to "support preference equality". And we should not support any kind of "immigrant's rights," we should instead fight for a "borderless world."

BrockawayBaby August 18, 2011, 3:26pm

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Completely serious, koam. Was there something I missed. I always was taught that semicolons are used in lists. That's what I was trying to say.

I do have some problems with my brain and face because of birth defects, andd so I don't apreciate the "troll" comment.

BrockOhBMA August 18, 2011, 3:16pm

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I can't believe that everyone is missing the point on this one. The comma should be a semi-colon as the separation is being used for a list. The other basic reason that a semicolon is needed is that it is a longer break and gives the reader a chance to process the info given and then to anticipate the complicated relationship implied by the term "respectively".

BrockOhBMA August 18, 2011, 3:02pm

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I think the big problem in this thread is that Canadians are a bit touchy about having a silly accent. They don't want to be thought of as a bunch of mounties running around saying "ya hoser" to everyone. So, just to let you Canadians know, wherever you live according to the compass rose--you do have a silly accent, and that's okay. Be proud if it and all of the many cultural accomplishments of your people.

Brock Oh BMA August 18, 2011, 2:55pm

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To clarify, "analyze" is correct because it comes from a different root. "Analyse" is incorrect worldwide, except in Britain, where it is correct. Just remember the following rule: -ise is correct in Britain; -ize is correct everywhere else.

Brock Oh BMA August 18, 2011, 4:58am

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The colon is an emphatic period. Essentially you have two periods at the same time which might as well say, "No really, stop here," whereas a period just says, "Please stop if you wouldn't mind." A semicolon is kind of inbetween because it has a period and a comma. This is basically like a period and a half. By this logic I would say that you could take a full breath at a colon, 3/4 breath at a semicolon, and a half a breath at a period. I guess you should then take a 1/4 breath at a comma.

Brock Oh BMA August 18, 2011, 3:57am

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I want to remind everyone that the past perfect was mainly invented to "intensify" the regular past tense. It is more vivid (i.e., the future more vivid tense for example). I can say, "Someone was doing something" and it is okay, but it is more intensely past if I say, "Someone has done it!" and it is most intensely past when I say, "Someone had done it!"

I know this is like what you learned in first grade, but let's remember the basics, people.

Brock Oh BMA August 18, 2011, 3:48am

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