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suckerforred

Chilla Wilson (44)
I am guessing that the Media no longer have positions called Proof Readers. Although English is not my strongest discipline, (hard to believe I know), I see errors every day in print that make me think that the work is just not being checked before it is published. If the mistakes are being made because of ignorance rather than carelessness then our educaton system is in a worse position then I thought.
 

Swat

Chilla Wilson (44)
I don't know if it's been said before but what really shits me is people using the acronym LOL in speech. If something causes you to laugh out loud you would laugh not say LOL, and pretending you're trendy and using it in an ironic sense only makes you seem like a douche.

I'm not really a fan of it in it's written form either, where 'ha' would suffice. It is a pointless acronym.
 

Inside Shoulder

Nathan Sharpe (72)
In an article about eduction the following:
He was puzzled by the extent to which his friends were focused on where they were sending their children to.

Now some will say that there is no absolute rule against ending a sentence with a preposition. Even accepting that proposition doesnt it remain a rather a clumsy way of expressing what was intended? The other things is that it is further proof that journalists do not proof read what they post: the sentence conveys the same meaning with the word "to" removed from its end. Thus it is superfluous.​
 

Cutter

Nicholas Shehadie (39)
All grammar pedants, check out this piece:
http://litreactor.com/columns/20-common-grammar-mistakes-that-almost-everyone-gets-wrong
I was good on most of them but stand corrected on a couple.
The author uses some good examples, such as: "Because I quit drinking I no longer wake up in my own vomit" and "I was nauseated after falling into that dumpster behind the Planned Parenthood."

A good read generally, but particularly so for this gem:

My new computer effected a much-needed transition from magazines to Web porn.
 

Cutter

Nicholas Shehadie (39)
I couldn't define a pronoun or an adverb and, when people explain grammar in those terms, I'm completely lost (a product of my era and of a poor school). However, I'm usually able to identify what is grammatically correct even if I can't explain why it is so.

As to ending a sentence with a preposition:

Texan: Where are you from?
Yale student: I come from a place where we don't end our sentences with prepositions.
Texan: Okay. Where are you from, jackass?
 

cyclopath

Stirling Mortlock (74)
Staff member
I couldn't define a pronoun or an adverb and, when people explain grammar in those terms, I'm completely lost (a product of my era and of a poor school). However, I'm usually able to identify what is grammatically correct even if I can't explain why it is so.

As to ending a sentence with a preposition:
Texan: Where are you from?
Yale student: I come from a place where we don't end our sentences with prepositions.
Texan: Okay. Where are you from, jackass?

The correct response from Texan would be " How about I punch you in the head?", hence ending the sentence, and conversation, with a proposition. ;)
 

lincoln

Bob Loudon (25)
In an article about eduction the following:


Now some will say that there is no absolute rule against ending a sentence with a preposition. Even accepting that proposition doesnt it remain a rather a clumsy way of expressing what was intended? The other things is that it is further proof that journalists do not proof read what they post: the sentence conveys the same meaning with the word "to" removed from its end. Thus it is superfluous.​

Possibly replace "on" with "as to" may make for a better structure and read. One of my pet hates when editing is either the preposition at sentence end or indeed the superfluous preposition.
 

lincoln

Bob Loudon (25)
"Our motto here is back to the future." Jake White. Is he is trying to say "We are going back to our past in order to ensure our future" or is he just a brainless twit that likes Michael J Fox movies?
 

It is what it is

John Solomon (38)
I couldn't define a pronoun or an adverb and, when people explain grammar in those terms, I'm completely lost (a product of my era and of a poor school). However, I'm usually able to identify what is grammatically correct even if I can't explain why it is so.

As to ending a sentence with a preposition:
It was OK for Shakespeare - "We are such stuff as dreams are made on"
 

barbarian

Phil Kearns (64)
Staff member
A shout-out to the Briars club in Sydney, who recently made quite an important decision for the future of their club. According to the club website's announcement, in 2013:

Briars top tier players will be renumerated

Which I take to mean their top players will be wearing different numbers on their jersey?
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