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stinkypants Fri 12-Nov-10 20:40:44

bet i've made loads of mistakes in my time!! but pet hates are:
'your' when should be 'you're'
'and i' when should be 'and me'
the incorrect choice of their / there / they're; likewise too, two, to

nigglewiggle Fri 12-Nov-10 20:44:01

You know you are setting yourself up for a fall don't you? Pedants' Corner is riddled with errors.

BTW 'and i' should be "and I". wink.

Sassybeast Fri 12-Nov-10 20:44:58

Have a medal - you are much more cleverer than all the plebs hmm

onceamai Fri 12-Nov-10 20:45:22

I've never quite got the and I and me thing. Could you explain please?

OTTMummA Fri 12-Nov-10 20:49:19

I prefer to have people point out my mistakes as i have always found spelling and grammar very, very hard.
However i do not like it being pointed out to me with a tone of contempt or disrespect, that is not nessecary, makes me feel like shit but also shows up the corrector as a self important arrogant twat.

nigglewiggle Fri 12-Nov-10 20:51:16

onceamai - the way to work it out (though most people wouldn't notice or care) is to take the other person out of the sentence and id it still makes sense then it is correct.

So - "My husband and I are going to have a shag tonight" is correct because - if you take "my husband" out of the sentence - "I am going to have a shag..." makes sense.

Whereas "My husband and me are going to ...." doesn't work without the husband grin.

stinkypants Fri 12-Nov-10 20:52:06

he he he - i never can be bothered to capitalise because 'word' does it for me!
oh it's not that i think i'm clever; i am RUBBISH at loads of things, believe me. and my husband is HOPELESS at spelligj bu7t i still adore him.
it's just a little obsession of mine.
use 'and i' when 'i' would be appropriate oin its own, and 'me' when that would work on its own - i.e.
it's goodbye from dermot and me (cos you would say 'its goodbye from me' not 'it's goodbye from i')but dermot and i went for a walk becuase you'd say i went for a walk.
am littering this with typos and lack of punctuation - ha ha (:

LaWeaselMys Fri 12-Nov-10 20:52:19

Since I and lots of others are currently at the mercy of Apple's autocorrect function, you'll probably just piss off people who are already annoyed!

stinkypants Fri 12-Nov-10 20:52:50

ooh you explained that loads better!!

Animation Fri 12-Nov-10 20:55:20

Not convinced they are pet hates OP.

You don't form proper sentences yourself, or use capital letters.

Mumcentreplus Fri 12-Nov-10 21:02:11

ahh.. Stinky, life is too short..personally my pet hates are people in RL that add extra s's to words that don't exist or others who use words they don't quite understand in the wrong context.. everything else is forgiveable..i rarely correct myself on MN ..I'm sure people can get the gist (or is that a j?) grin

GoingToBonnieDoon Fri 12-Nov-10 21:16:38

Despite getting an A* in English at school I have no idea about the use of the apostrophe.
Can someone give me the quick run down of where I am meant to use it? It always makes me blush when I'm not sure.

I do have some standards though, I always get my judgy pants out if someone puts 'your' instead of 'you're', that drives me mad!!

So is it...

'that's' or 'thats' when you are saying 'that is'?? I think its 'that's'

What about when you are talking about something that belongs to someone? eg. Claires pen? Is it Claire's pen??

What if you are talking about a pen belonging to Mrs Stephens, is it Mrs Stephens's pen??

My English teacher has a lot to answer for.

nigglewiggle Fri 12-Nov-10 21:26:30

Going - You are right about "that's" - the apostrophe replaces the missing letter and that is the case with lots of other apostrophes - "He is going" becomes "he's going".
One confusion here comes with the use of it - "it is" (it's) and the posessive (its).

Claire's pen is correct and (as I understand it, though I'm not an English teacher) you can use either Mrs Stephens' or Mrs Stephens's though the former is neater.

stinkypants Fri 12-Nov-10 21:35:37

also with ref to apostophes - when more than one person owns someething, the apostrophe is after the s - as in the ladies' hats.
and it is never needed for verbs or plurals - lots of people seem to add them everytime they add an 's' - so you'll see them in phrases like Jenny like's chocolate or 'i love potato's'!

nigglewiggle Fri 12-Nov-10 21:40:58

Stinky - I think these have become known as the "Grocers' apostrophe".

stinkypants Fri 12-Nov-10 21:45:51

scottishmummy Fri 12-Nov-10 21:48:56

online spelling pedantry=passive aggressive bullying

in the style of ah wis only sayin...

2shoes Fri 12-Nov-10 21:49:41

and if you correct mine I will tell you to go shag a sheep lol

GrimmaTheNome Fri 12-Nov-10 21:52:17


Take your gripes to Pedants' Corner, that's what it's there for.

But when you do, please remember to capitalize; 'i' rather than 'I' is doubtless some pedant's pet hate.grin

scottishmummy Fri 12-Nov-10 21:55:05

pedants corner,there's a place i never wish to visit

Mumcentreplus Fri 12-Nov-10 21:58:15

fuckin hell! sm me neither, they would pick my gramatically incorrect arse to pieces grin

GoingToBonnieDoon Fri 12-Nov-10 22:00:55

niggle and stinky many thanks, that made sense!

So it would be 'the cat played with its ball' because the ball belongs to the cat?

And in the sentence 'put it down, its the cats ball'

If the ball belonged to one cat it would be 'put it down, it's the cat's ball'

But if the ball was for two cats to play with it would be 'put it down, it's the cats' ball'

Have I got that right??

No idea why my teacher couldn't get me to understand it if its that simple, also how did I get an A*???

scottishmummy Fri 12-Nov-10 22:02:20

cant imagine ever visiting pedantland.all that well moot point scottishmummmy but really can we address your punctuation...

unless i wish to send em into apoplectic haze of indignation

thequimreaper Fri 12-Nov-10 22:05:06

YABU. It is basically saying "look - I know something you don't know - aren't I great" when actually it just means you're the kind of twat who likes everyone to know what you know and doesn't mind if they make someone else feel like shit in the process. And most of the correctors make loads of mistakes themselves and are not nearly as clever as they think they are.

scottishmummy Fri 12-Nov-10 22:06:51

bad manners and indicative of low self esteem

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