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post #16 of 31 (permalink) Old 01-19-2020, 06:26 PM
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Re: Punctuation and grammar

I don't skip them but I despise finding stupid typos or grammatical errors in my own posts. I can't help but fix them even if they've already been quoted with the mistakes intact.

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Re: Punctuation and grammar

The wall of text is definitely a bigger problem for me.

We have members from different countries; so, I try to bear that in mind when it seems that English may not be their primary language. You know members who say 'maths' and spell certain words funny i.e. stick a 'u' in when it isn't necessary (colour).

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Too many of those posts, unfortunately, resemble first drafts of precomputer/word processor sophomore research papers where manual paragraph organization, spell-check, and punctuation have not been done, way back when everything was typed out with a Smith-Corona!

Now if I can make sense of what it is that they're saying or trying to duly convey, I'll make a concerted effort to read it; but if I cannot, much like my academic professors/lecturers of yesteryear, I just won't even try to make much of an effort in that endeavor and will just go on to the next one!

Remembering why so many of them were staying pi$$ed off all of the time at both our lack of academic acumen and how to duly attempt to communicate!

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There’s one going on right now that inspired my post. For the life of me, I don’t know what’s going on. He never comes up for air. He does seem to have one person hooked that speaks his language though, so maybe he will get help. Maybe they will help each other? Maybe they will take a business writing course together? Endless possibilities...
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I can't stand it when people put question marks after statements (not questions). I have sometimes not read those threads because I am so peeved by that in general communication today.

Example: My wife doesn't want sex with me anymore?
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I try not to focus on grammar and punctuation too much, though I do notice it. Some people who need real help just write badly. How sad to choose not to help someone due to their writing skills.
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I try not to focus on grammar and punctuation too much, though I do notice it. Some people who need real help just write badly. How sad to choose not to help someone due to their writing skills.
This forum is an online social group. Online. Social. Group. How very ****ed up to suggest negative judgment against anyone re what threads they choose to participate in or not participate in and for what reasons!
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I try not to focus on grammar and punctuation too much, though I do notice it. Some people who need real help just write badly. How sad to choose not to help someone due to their writing skills.
This forum is an online social group. Online. Social. Group. How very ****ed up to suggest negative judgment against anyone re what threads they choose to participate in or not participate in and for what reasons!
LOL, no need to get defensive. If you decide not to help a woman who is being betrayed because she spelled adultery wrong, it's no skin off my nose.

We all have things that bug us. I know I do.

I tend not to want to help angry, reactive people.

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I don’t usually pay much attention unless it’s absolutely horrible. Correct punctuation, grammar, and spelling certainly enhance clarity when reading passages, however, the average person should still be able to interpret the passages fairly easily even with mistakes.

I’ve been on other forums where posters really get picky and like to point out someone’s poorly constructed passages as a sign of their own intelligence. For example, they act as though when attempting to read it, they can only comprehend it if it’s written one hundred percent correctly; there is no way they could know a sentence is a question if it didn’t end with a question mark, or they can’t comprehend it due to some spelling errors.

Using spelling as an example, research shows that most people can read words in a passage as long as the first and last letters are in place. It doesn’t matter how jumbled the others are because the human mind doesn’t read every letter individually but the word as a whole. Context clues also plays a part.

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I used to be more of a putzy snob about it until I worked at an organization that dealt with abuse victims. The ones who were very rural had atrocious grammar, but the bruises were real, if you catch my meaning.
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An incorrect word, misspelling, etc I can take. When you have one long paragraph with no structured sentences, punctuations or thoughts, I just can't read it. Multiple thoughts, jumping all over the place and leaving the reader to try to decode what the OP is saying? I'll pass...

If it wasn't for spell check, I'd be sunk. That's not what I am trying to say though.

@hilariouslaughter, how sad that you choose not to help angry, reactive people.
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An incorrect word, misspelling, etc I can take. When you have one long paragraph with no structured sentences, punctuations or thoughts, I just can't read it. Multiple thoughts, jumping all over the place and leaving the reader to try to decode what the OP is saying? I'll pass...

If it wasn't for spell check, I'd be sunk. That's not what I am trying to say though.

@hilariouslaughter, how sad that you choose not to help angry, reactive people.
I definitely understand this. When it's just a long walk of text I can't follow, it makes it almost impossible to help. That's definitely different from "He used a semicolon incorrectly! No wonder his wife cheated!" That is tongue in cheek btw

Angry, reactive people generally don't want constructive help. They want commiseration and/or someone to attack. They also tend to hate mirrors.
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My pet peeve is length. I appreciate details but try not to emulate Leo Tolstoy.
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