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Old 07-29-2012, 09:54 PM   #2831
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blissful, go to you tube and look up Grammar Rock. I love those things. My students (who were all adult) loved them too.
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Old 07-29-2012, 11:12 PM   #2832
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Finally have a nice weather day where I can open the windows and what do I hear but the parrot who lives across the street, squawking. The lady who owns it, puts the darn thing in the window and he makes that awful sound all day long.
Some friends of mine live next to some people who have a really big cage in the back yard. They put their bird out all day in that cage to squawk at everything.... My friend is thinking of getting a noisy dog.
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Old 07-30-2012, 01:53 AM   #2833
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There is an area in San Fransisco that has a large parrot problem. It seems that several parrots that were released or escaped took up roost in trees in a nice neighborhood. They in turn started to build nests and multiply. Now there are so many of them that the trees are full and the squawking is deafening. So much for sleeping late in the morning.
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Old 07-30-2012, 07:55 AM   #2834
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There is an area in San Fransisco that has a large parrot problem. It seems that several parrots that were released or escaped took up roost in trees in a nice neighborhood. They in turn started to build nests and multiply. Now there are so many of them that the trees are full and the squawking is deafening. So much for sleeping late in the morning.
There's an interesting movie about them, "The Parrots of Telegraph Hill". Down here there are flocks of naturalized small parrots, but they don't cause the nuisance that those in the urban setting do.

That period outside the quotes after "Hill" would seem logical, but surely not what I was taught in school eons ago. It looks funny to me.

A friend corrected an old, established practice of mine, and I tried to follow his newfangled rule: Only one space between sentences. Tried, can't do it.
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Old 07-30-2012, 08:02 AM   #2835
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Thank you my oh so wonderful friend and sister! We will be okay, but we will always take all the love, respect, prayers, and hugs we can get (and return them twofold, or threefold, or morefold!).

(Am I the only one the quotes feature has been acting up for?).
Hoping you're both okay by now. Taking you at your word that you will always take them, I'm sending them now.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:08 AM   #2836
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A friend corrected an old, established practice of mine, and I tried to follow his newfangled rule: Only one space between sentences. Tried, can't do it.
That just means you learned your keyboarding skills on a typewriter! Its taken me forever to break that habit too. With the automatic justification on many screens it is no longer necessary.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:37 AM   #2837
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That just means you learned your keyboarding skills on a typewriter! Its taken me forever to break that habit too. With the automatic justification on many screens it is no longer necessary.
Alix, please explain. What does learning on a typewriter keyboard have to do with two spaces between sentences? I think the extra space improves appearance.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:39 AM   #2838
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Alix, please explain. What does learning on a typewriter keyboard have to do with two spaces between sentences? I think the extra space improves appearance.
I didn't realize one space was the new rule. I too prefer 2 spaces between sentences.
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I prefer the double space as well. I'm not changing now. Otherwise everything looks crammed together; more like a run on sentence.
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Old 07-30-2012, 10:52 AM   #2840
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Alix, please explain. What does learning on a typewriter keyboard have to do with two spaces between sentences? I think the extra space improves appearance.
When you learn keyboarding on a typewriter, you are taught to use a double space between sentences. Now, keyboarding is taught on computers and you can change the justification to center your document, right justify, or to make your sentences go margin to margin. In that last instance, it makes no difference what you space, it creates spaces for you, and it can look a bit odd if you have double spaced after a sentence.

It can be relevant when kids are typing papers as well, its a trick to take up extra space so you don't have to write as much. That and changing the font on all your punctuation to make it larger can eat up a page or so in a long paper.

Let's see if I can attach an example. The top example is margin to margin, note the spacing sizes. The bottom is left justified only. I prefer the top sample and it is how I format most of my documents.
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