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Old 07-28-2012, 10:32 AM   #2781
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My Microftsoft Office Program corrects all my grammar for me, including the pucuation. But I am usually spot on. I just have to apply myself. Working for a lawyer, I HAD to learn proper puncuation. Typing up a brief for the Judges sitting in the Massachusetts Supreme Court, everything had to be absolutely correct. A misplaced comma could change the meaning of the whole paragraph.

Today, I don't[ care very much. As long as I get the message across.
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Old 07-28-2012, 10:46 AM   #2782
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I find that today's language has changed so that the written word is more like how we actually talk.

Especially here, in a situation where our words are more converational. I punctuate like I learned, except for the one thing that I always thought was wrong. When the period is for the whole sentence which happens to end in a quote, I put the period outside the quotation marks, because it has nothing to do with the quote.

For instance: I like "Today's Funny". I use this for parenthesis as well.
If you're quoting someone's statement, there should be the punctuation for that statement inside the quotes and punctuation outside the quotes for the sentence the quote is part of. (is this a dangling preposition?)

I was surprised when she asked, "What's the thing in the basket?".
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Old 07-28-2012, 11:13 AM   #2783
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If you're quoting someone's statement, there should be the punctuation for that statement inside the quotes and punctuation outside the quotes for the sentence the quote is part of. (is this a dangling preposition?)

I was surprised when she asked, "What's the thing in the basket?".
Yes, and in logical punctuation:

Did she say, "Good morning"?
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Old 07-28-2012, 12:46 PM   #2784
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ARRRRRRGH, just a bad day, I want to crawl into a hole and hide.
Nothing specific wrong or bad.
Woke up crabby, and then the dogs are insistent on being PITA's, Jo (the woman I am a live in aide for) is getting on my nerves. Nothing specific, you know how sometimes you just live with someone too long, and just their breathing gets on your nerves? That is how I feel today.
Crying, super sensitive, I want to get out of the house but I can't.
Maybe I should just run nekkid down the street, hehe
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:17 PM   #2785
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I wonder why we call it English....I think it oughta be called American because the vernacular here is quite different that it is in England. There are many instances of terms and phrases that translate differently, even though we share a common language with England as well as Australia (which I suppose should truly be called the Australian language).
And Canada?
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:19 PM   #2786
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And Canada?
How about "North American English"? (We already call it American English in the US, so why not lump Canada in there, too?) :D
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:25 PM   #2787
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If British English is the primary language, don't the American, Canadian, Australian, etc. versions of English qualify as dialects?
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Old 07-28-2012, 01:32 PM   #2788
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How about "North American English"? (We already call it American English in the US, so why not lump Canada in there, too?) :D
Canadian English is not like British English OR American English. It is a combination of both, with a little of our own thrown in for good measure.

I worked for the government in a data admin department where we collected and posted import opportunities for BC exporters. My direct supervisor was British and a librarian. Our boss was American and a technology expert.

They would have horrid arguments (literally) over whether it should be "labour" or "labor", "centre" or "center", etc.

I, graduating from a Canadian University with a BA in English and French, finally said - Why don't we just use Canadian rules.....to which they stared at me, shrugged their shoulders and never brought it up again.

"I wanted to go to the Theatre Arts Centre, which is in the center of the city."

CWS, I know you will be all over this one I am just having fun with our American and British friends.
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Old 07-28-2012, 02:05 PM   #2789
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It's important to get past the spellings of words and get the context of the conversation...otherwise all communication stops, hung up on how to spell something that really is not pertinent to the discussion. Same with grammar rules...did you understand what I said? Not, did I use every word in it's proprer placement, a pattern I do not speak in.

As I tell folks, this is not English class, tell me what it is you want to say, if I need clarification I will ask for it. If a pattern you use is funny, I may (or not) point it out and tell you why I think it's funny, hoping you see the funny, too!
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If British English is the primary language, don't the American, Canadian, Australian, etc. versions of English qualify as dialects?
Yes.
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