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32. Posted by samsara_ (Travel Guru 5353 posts) 11y

Hi Anne,

As you may or may not know, I hold a degree in English Literture and graduated from Trinity College, Dublin.

I don't see anything particularly incorrect in what you said. Perhaps, what Sue meant was that there were more appropriate adjectives that could have been applied in this instance. For example, "relevant question", "pertinent question", "appropriate question", etc....

Your intended meaning was quite apparent.

Not only do people phrase themselves awkwardly all the time, they also make grammatical errors frequently. I do so on a daily basis! Here are a number of examples that I have plucked from various threads.

Let's have an English lesson and see if you can spot the errors in each one.

"So, anyone who doesn't agree with your ignorant comments are branded sheeps?"

(Clue: There are 3 errors)

"Lawmakers most certainly have a place in many doctor/patient relationships, abortion being just one of them."

(Clue: There is 1 error)

"Oh, she also didn't notice that the sleek shape of the body board in it's cover...."

(Clue: There is 1 error)

I get annoyed at myself all the time for my lack of attention to my grammar and punctuation. Also, English is such a colourful language, and few of us fully embrace the range of words available to us. At least you, Anne, were trying to draw from your bank of vocabulary instead of merely saying "That is a good question".

Generally, people are slammed if they choose to use words longer than 2 or 3 syllables, as it tends to make other people feel less intelligent. This is a great pity, I think.

Also, thanks to Sue for highlighting the fact that a more appropriate word may have been suitable here. Anyone reading this thread now knows the dictionary definition for "impeccable". Sue, have you gotten involved with the Word Association threads in this forum? You may enjoy them!

Well, back to work. Lots of editing to do this morning. Groan.


33. Posted by Isadora (Travel Guru 13926 posts) 11y

Thank you Eve!! Your response will be greatly appreciated by many of the members and will serve as a reminder that none of us really has a right to criticize someone else's use of the English language. (How many mistakes did I just make there? heehee ;) ) For a vast number of TPers, English is their second, third or even tenth language and it is not an easy one to learn. We're not writing English course term papers in these forums - we're exchanging information, ideas and thoughts. Some members tend to be more precise about their use of grammar and vocabulary, while others write as though they were actually speaking the words. Ultimately, what is said is far more important than how it was said as long as the person's meaning is interpreted correctly.

Sue, maybe you should take a look at this thread:

Congratulations to the non-native English speakers of TP!!!

Sometimes one does have to clean out the friends closet. Good for you!! (Does that mean I'm off your Christmas card list??? )

34. Posted by tway (Travel Guru 7273 posts) 11y

Eve, you deserve a traditional two-cheek Montreal kiss for that. Mwaaah! Pure, accurate, and yet very polite genius.

And really, now, picking an argument for the sake of being unpleasant. That's beyond rude. It's... unstable.

35. Posted by Peter (Admin 5846 posts) 11y

Note: I've cleaned up several replies which became irrelevant after editing Sue's original comments.

Now, back to the topic at hand.

36. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Now...see what I miss when I am gone for more than 2 hours? All this commotion going on and I dont even know what happened. I can only assume that the comment posted by Sue was irrelevant, ignorant and out of place. Typically, I would have liked a chance to respond to her apparent extraneous comment but the renewed Anne has a better way to deal with this now: chuckle it off as pure ignorance and go on with my life. Thanks for SNIPPING the comment Peter! Back to real TP business...

37. Posted by areinstein (Travel Guru 2788 posts) 11y

Quoting isadora

Sometimes one does have to clean out the friends closet. Good for you!! (Does that mean I'm off your Christmas card list??? )

Of course not Isa! Most of you all people of TP that I care for so much and more because of the love that you show myself and more, in not so many You is always on my list! Now, is my sentence too long and full of errors? I am pretty sure you know what I meant, we are all smart enough...