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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    After attending a lecture by George Osborne (shadow chancelor for those who don't know of him) this evening its brought politics to my mind again, (good bloke by the way, interesting speech). But he said its quite funny the way its gone over the pond, they had a bush and now another bush, we also had a clinton and going to most likely have another clinton. Anyone spot a pattern here yet? Waits for Bush Jnr Jnr and Clinton Jnr in ~30 years time

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    ie
    Did you mean 'i.e.' ? 8O

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Bring on another Clinton I say. The last was a president I remember as having a fairly good foreign policy and working for peace in Ireland and other places.

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Except of course that Clinton did nothing about stopping the IRA fundraising in the US for terrorist activities over here.

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Okay he may not have done all he could, but we wouldn't be like we are now without him, and if he'd stayed I doubt we'd be in the situation we are now with 'Islamic Terrorism'.

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Quote Originally Posted by ajbritton
    Quote Originally Posted by GrumbleDook
    ie
    Did you mean 'i.e.' ? 8O
    Actually ... ie, eg, nb and a number of other abbreviated latin terms are in common usage without the full stops that denote that they are abbreviated.

    The one thing I commonly do in my posts that no-one has ever been a pedant with is my use of the ellipsis.

    I will often use it to denote an elongated pause within my speech ... and then continue the sentence.

    To use it correctly it should be at the end of a complete sentence, but one that has a feeling of something missing. It should also start directly after the last word, ie in the same position a full stop would naturally occur.

    This is an increasingly common usage of the ellipsis now, and it is bound to be updated within the OED to reflect this in the near future...

    I'm off to pull up Lynn Truss about her use of, or lack of use of, the Oxford Comma.

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    I bet you watch that quiz show about grammar don't you?

    I saw it and they had to put in, or take out, aposrophes that were wrong.

    I'm no grammatical expert but I do like to correct students if they email me

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Crusty old git I might be, but I must admit that some of the grammatical and spelling errors on Edugeek drive me up the wall. I think that it really looks more professional if things are correctly written, and to be honest, if things are written really badly it is very hard to get the sense of the writing.
    As for the apostrophe question, I just wish that people would remember that a plural has none!!
    (yes, I do know that there is a split infinitive in there)

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    I do'nt bother :P

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Firefox 2.0 spell checker?

    Is there a grammer checker addon I wonder?

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    You mean 'grammar', Geoff?

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    The problem with spelling and grammar on EduGeek is that we have a number of regulars/irregulars/lurker/ghurkas (well ... you never know) that have various forms of dyslexia or dyspraxia.

    Forums are also a haven for direct speech / stream of consciousness, resulting in the problem where a member will type what they want to speak and include the colloquial language or slang they need.

    When they read this back before the click 'submit' it means they are likely to hear in there head the correct version and not what has actually been typed in.

    I am glad we have a number of people who are happy to make little changes to things to make them more readable ... as even a post of this length can actually take me 20 minutes to prepare and check. I tried voice recognition software and had a terrible time with it ... they just don't like my accent or phrasing.

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Quote Originally Posted by WITCH
    Crusty old git I might be, but I must admit that some of the grammatical and spelling errors on Edugeek drive me up the wall. I think that it really looks more professional if things are correctly written, and to be honest, if things are written really badly it is very hard to get the sense of the writing.
    As for the apostrophe question, I just wish that people would remember that a plural has none!!
    (yes, I do know that there is a split infinitive in there)


    Always said if people spot the errors just email me the page and what error is and it will get added to list.

    If you email helpdesk_zero@russdev.com and gets added to my to-do list.

    If someone wants to be helpful and go through whole site for us and make list of mistakes then great no problem at all.

    Russell

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Quote Originally Posted by mrforgetful
    I bet you watch that quiz show about grammar don't you?

    I saw it and they had to put in, or take out, aposrophes that were wrong.

    I'm no grammatical expert but I do like to correct students if they email me
    Never mind the full stops on BBC four on a Wed at 11pm though i think it is just finishing this week...

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    Re: Oh Dear.. bad news for GOP on the other side of the pond

    Quote Originally Posted by russdev
    If someone wants to be helpful and go through whole site for us and make list of mistakes then great no problem at all.
    Well volunteered! Of course, you might not be the best man for the job

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