English is it so hard?

mjnurney

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[h=3]There[/h]There as a noun, meaning “that place:”

  • We jogged from there to the end of the block, then we sprinted the rest of the way home.
  • The child took one look at the haunted house, and shrieked, “I am never stepping one foot in there!”
There as an adjective, emphasizing which person. This usage is used in speech more than in writing, and is typically to be avoided when constructing proper sentences:

  • Those there apples are fresh for picking!
  • My mother noted that there was a deer in the pond, and wondered if it was in danger of drowning in the icy water.
There as an adverb, meaning the opposite of here:

  • Do you hear that dog barking over there?
  • May I please sit there?
  • The officer shouted, “Stop right there!”
There as a pronoun used to introduce a noun or a phrase:

  • Is there a desk I can use to do my homework?
  • There are too many people on this elevator.
[h=3]Their[/h]Describes something that belongs to “them.” A possession. A noun typically follows the word their, which, other than serving as an adjective, has no other known usages in the English language.
Consider these sample sentences:

  • We walked their dog for them while they were on vacation.
  • Their cars were parked on the street while they were having their driveway repaved.
  • I offered to babysit their toddler so they could get out on a date.
  • Is that their only choice?

Is that clear ? its not a rant on people here ....more a note to myself. i often get mixed up...This was highlighted recently when i was chatting to a Chinese girl , she spoke better english than i do...

lol

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Get some of these mugs, and remind yourself every day :)

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We was learned proper English in school :) So their!

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Boxed.

Something physically in a box.
 

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As an Irish person living abroad, the English language seems to have "invented" new words every time I visit home. Most of them make my hair stand on end. I'm not talking about new technologies etc, these are basics that already have perfectly good words/phrases to cover them. Why can't people just leave it alone.

Some really hated ones:
"He gifted it to me"
"Going forward"
"In the main"

:censored:

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Don't get me started. The recent sacking of Jeremy Clarkson was described as a 'tragedy'. No, it's not; Greek and Shakespearean plays are tragedies, things such as ships sinking, people being sacked etc. are tragic, but they aren't tragedies.

"Their travel tickets were to be found over there."
"Forfar beat Fife at the football game, for Forfar could only score four goals, whereas Fife scored five."
"As to whether or not the weather will improve, I'm not sure."
"Bill sipped his mint julep and sucked on a mint as he toured the Royal Mint."
"Alice wore a tutu, two other girls who went to the ballet were wearing tutus too."

I could do this all day long...
 
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"Their travel tickets were to be found over there."
"Forfar beat Fife at the football game, for Forfar could only score four goals, whereas Fife scored five."
"As to whether or not the weather will improve, I'm not sure."
"Bill sipped his mint julep and sucked on a mint as he toured the Royal Mint."
"Alice wore a tutu, two other girls who went to the ballet were wearing tutus too."

All those sentences came up during the sacking of Clarkson?
I must have missed some of the details of why he was sacked. :D

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LMAO!! No, they didn't.

It's just that poor English and grammar annoys my OCD monkey and then it won't leave me alone until I've said something about it. We had to do spelling and grammar tests at school much like those I have posted above and we were harangued by our English teachers for incorrect use.
 

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So, when would I use a semi colon?

I want to use it, I crave to use it.
It is living in neglect on my keyboard.
all other keys get used..
Why not the semi colon?
 
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@MJ i hate you, and i shall now sit back and wait for the grammar nazis to arrive............................

where is my MJ eating popcorn meme when i need it?
 

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So, when would I use a semi colon?

I want to use it, I crave to use it.
It is living in neglect on my keyboard.
all other keys get used..
Why not the semi colon?

Start coding in C, Java or some other similar language and you get to use the semicolon so much that the key wears out. :LOL:
 
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Ah-ha, I use ; a lot commenting out amiga s-s :)
 
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