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Old 30-06-11, 09:09 AM   #1
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Default Apostrophes, Commas, Spelling & Punctuation

To try and improve the readability of some posts, I do edit a fair bit of text on a daily basis, but to help our more literacy-challenged members, I am putting together a small guide on the most obvious bloopers that we seem to get on the forum.

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Apostrophes

These are normally used to indicate an abbreviated word, such as "I'm" instead of "I am", "There's" instead of "There is", "He's" instead of "He is".

Commas

Purely punctation, used to separate sentences in a paragraph. Often used incorrectly instead of an Apostrophe.

There / Their

THERE refers to a place or time as in "There and then"

THEIR is the possessive adjective, usually coupled with an article: "Their Boat", "Their Engine", or "It was Their fault".

Clique

Commonly referred to as "Click", a Clique is an exclusive group or gathering, generally kept apart from others. "Cliquey" is used to describe the behaviour of said group.

Sentence

The smallest collection of words in readable form. A collection of sentences is usually known as a paragraph.

Paragraph

Something sadly lacking in a lot of posts, it allows better readability in a block of text, and allows subject changing in a defined manner. Good text is always composed of medium length paragraphs.

Paragraphs are made up from two or more sentences.

Et cetera

Et cetera is a Latin expression that means "and other things", or "and so forth". Its abbreviation is "etc", followed by a full stop to be correct, but that can be omitted. Using "ect" is the most common error.

Trolly / Trolley

"Trolly" is incorrect, "trolley" is the correct spelling.

Capital Letters

ALL place and persons names start with a capital letter, no exceptions. Company names, ships names and so on all should have a capital letter, more if the name has more than one word.

ALL sentences begin with a capital letter.

David Edgington, Milton Keynes, Queen Elizabeth and so on.

Poor David gets more lower case spellings than almost anything or anyone else!

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Old 31-01-12, 02:25 PM   #2
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Blimey"!!!, they'll have you editing the daily mail soon, what ever next.
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Old 31-01-12, 11:02 PM   #3
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I am sure I was taught that a sentence had to have a capital letter to start and a full stop at the end.
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Old 05-06-13, 12:35 PM   #4
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My "edit button" seems to have disappeared.

dosnt inproef riedebilty.
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Old 05-06-13, 12:46 PM   #5
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Nothing to do with me, I haven't changed anything since before Nuenen.

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Old 05-06-13, 01:12 PM   #6
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Peter, how I wish you had taught English at my school.
It took my teacher years to get that into us.
You explain it very well.
I must admit my own foibles are often starting every word
with a capital letter and 3 page sentences!.

Text speak is my personal hate though.:banned:
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I have an edit button on the post above, but they are both missing in the following thread:

http://www.stationary-engine.net/for...t=33940&page=2

I have tried another browser, but no change.

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Old 05-06-13, 01:27 PM   #8
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Hubert:

I can only suggest a quick power-down on your PC and/or clear the browser cache.

It happens occasionally, but your user account DOES allow you to edit your own posts.

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