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To always be surprised to see too and to used incorrectly!

(21 Posts)
cantpooinpeace Sat 03-Sep-11 15:52:15

I'm not one for a grammatically correct post but it totally messes with my mojo.

worraliberty Sat 03-Sep-11 15:54:45

It messes with mine too

Yet I did use it incorrectly on here today...something I very rarely do

Oh the shame blush

Still, it's not as bad as the usual 'advice'/'advise' that people constantly mix up

ThatsNotMyBabyBelly Sat 03-Sep-11 15:59:20

YABU as I sometimes have to think which to use, and only realise I have used the wrong one when I read back. And I have an English degree blush

AurraSing Sat 03-Sep-11 16:11:43

To be fair, I think most people do know when to use too and to. They are just typos.

ThatsNotMyBabyBelly Sat 03-Sep-11 16:13:08

Yes aurrasing that was what I meant to say grin

upahill Sat 03-Sep-11 16:14:25

I've made the mistake a couple of times as typos.
I know the difference but sometimes mistakes are made.

Not worth bothering about tbh.

usualsuspect Sat 03-Sep-11 16:17:56

I do it all the time

nickelbabe Sat 03-Sep-11 16:22:10

yanbu, however, threads regarding grammar and spelling shoudl be in Pedants' Corner, not aibu.
smile

ChippingIn Sat 03-Sep-11 16:23:14

I know which to use, I'd never make a mistake hand writing it - but I have seen times when I've made a mistake on here - with that and other things such as typing 'our' when I mean 'are' - occasionally I read one of my posts later on and think 'bloody hell, it's full of mistakes and barely makes sense' blush <probably the only reason I don't think it more often is that I don't usually read my own posts!>... I'm generally watching TV, dealing with little people or otherwise distracted when posting on here - I assume most of us are... no big deal.

Also, some people really struggle with things like that and spelling etc - it doesn't make their post any less worthwhile reading. My very best friend is funny, clever, smart, loving, caring - generally wonderful, but can't spell for toffee - she stopped posting on here due to the hard time she got sad

cantpooinpeace Sat 03-Sep-11 16:24:09

I've never thought they could just be mistakes!!! blush

<<changes mindset>>

cantpooinpeace Sat 03-Sep-11 16:26:16

I think I just thought it was an easy thing to remember!!!

It wouldn't make me stop reading their post chipping, just messes with my mojo!

AgentZigzag Sat 03-Sep-11 17:38:11

Can I do a small hijack on your uptight thread please cantpoo?

I'm fine with my it's/who's etc, but even after googling it loads of times I've never found a way of remembering the plural when you use apostrophes.

-when don't you need to use one? I know when it's 'its' instead of 'it is' becoming 'it's', but not other times.
-when is it a plural when you have 'sally's'? Is that when sally has more than one cakes, they become 'sally's cakes'?
-and when is it 'sallys'' (apostrophe after the s) is that when it's something that belongs to sally, so it's 'sallys' cake'? confused

No matter if nobody can be arsed answering, I usually just leave it off if I'm not sure grin

purpleknittingmum Sat 03-Sep-11 17:41:01

I typed it wrong on here earlier, didn't notice it before I hit 'post message' only when I was back on the thread reading comments after mine

spookshowangellovesit Sat 03-Sep-11 17:41:04

i have absolutely no idea no idea where too or to are suppose to its generally a wild stab in the dark for me.

Popbiscuit Sat 03-Sep-11 17:41:36

Agree with Chipping. I think they are mostly typos. We're all busy/distracted/typing quickly before the children reappear.

whackamole Sat 03-Sep-11 17:41:48

It annoys me more to see 'loose' instead of 'lose' tbh.

Rarely see to or too incorrectly.

Nickelbabe - did you mean to make a spelling error in your post??!?!? grin

FlabbyGleek Sat 03-Sep-11 18:30:33

Your not being unreasonable. wink

People should proof read they're posts
double wink

Lorelai Sat 03-Sep-11 18:39:17

The one that really annoys me is affect/effect - people often get them wrong and it isn't generally a typo.

AgentZigzag - to make something plural (ie more than one) you just add an s. Adding an apostrophe makes it possesive. So:

Sally's cake - one cake, which belongs to Sally
Sally's cakes - 2 or more cakes, all belonging to Sally

Where it gets confusing is with plural possesives:

The girl's cake - the cake belongs to one girl
The girls' cakes - the cakes belong to more than one girl

Apostropes can also be used to show that words have been contracted (letters left out) - this is where you get isn't from is not, doesn't from does not etc.

HTH

PaigeTurner Sat 03-Sep-11 18:41:12

YANBU

I read to when used incorrectly as toe and it's very annoying.

usualsuspect Sat 03-Sep-11 18:42:26

Bugger off to pedants' corner then

AgentZigzag Sat 03-Sep-11 18:52:42

Thank you Lorelei smile

I remember it when I see it written down, I'm just going to have to learn it and get DD1 to test me on it <<groan>> grin

Are you feeling refreshed and calm after your thread yesterday usual? grin And after it's kept me awake ALL night were you joking?

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