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Tom Nally
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8/3/2012 | 12:35:45 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
A friend of mine used this example to illustrate a common grammatical mistake: "A presposition is the worst thing to end a sentence with."
Tom Nally
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8/3/2012 | 12:33:01 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
I'm not sure "Period." is a sentence, unless it is a one-word answer to an interrogation. Period.
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8/2/2012 | 11:01:59 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
Finally! I thought I was the only one annoyed by this.
msteinl
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8/2/2012 | 8:10:51 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
Goes along with the common misuse of "over" versus "more than." The car drove across the bridge over the water. Sales increased by more than 10 percent.
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8/2/2012 | 7:21:37 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
Consider this if you please...
The quoted item is mearly an "object" within a sentence with the general form noun-verb-object. As such, regardless of the form of the object, word, phrase or quote, the sentence itself should have a proper termination regardless of the possible termination of the quote.
For example:
---- He said "Are you talking to me?".
is a declarative sentence and as such, logically should be terminated with a period.
Likewise
---- He asked "Are you well?"?
is an interrogatory (sp?) sentence and, ahem, logically should terminate with a question mark regardless of what the Object of the sentence happens to be. Perhaps it looks odd, but the Object is a quoted question and the sentence itself is a question as well. Thus, 2 question marks separated with a quote.

Forgive my own diatribe, but as someone who is a programmer, proper termination of program lines, especially those with text, is very important.
We were taught as youngsters that periods, exclamation points and question marks ended sentences and that still seems like a proper thing to do.
ChrisDixon2012
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8/2/2012 | 2:04:54 AM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
Not a mistake exactly, but I would certainly not use the "Oxford comma" (another Lynn Truss obsession) after "Twitter" in the sentence, "I see it every day on Facebook, Twitter, and other social networks..." (But I see you use the Oxford comma later as well, so maybe it's a house rule.)

A bigger problem is "grammar-phobia". This term is intended as a standalone noun rather than an attributive noun, so should be
"grammar phobia" or "grammarphobia" (cf., "one ton" but "a one-ton beam"). Nowadays standalone words generally don't contain hyphens. "To-day" is antiquated and I think it's a just a matter of time before "e-mail" has been completely replaced by "email". This one was serious enough to force me back for another parsing on my first read.

Directly after that, "reason why" is considered redundant by schoolmarms who change it to "reason that".

Another schoolmarm one--"mistakes that I see most". Since "most" is an adjective not an adverb, I'm sure schoolmarms would want to add "often" at the end.

A consistency problem in the list of mistakes--Items 1 through 4 omit the double quotations around the problem words in question, while the rest of the items use the double quotations.

(Well, you did ask ...)
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8/1/2012 | 11:03:28 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
It's funny how you can read it and not really see the errors.
However, when typing it you're more a where.
My grammar , okay?
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8/1/2012 | 11:02:43 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
It's funny how you can read it and not really see the errors.
However, when typing it you're more a where.
My grammar , okay?
msteinl
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msteinl,
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8/1/2012 | 9:59:29 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
Thank you for a good done---oops, I mean well done---article. Avoiding word usage and grammatical errors is important to me, not just for the sake of being correct, but for clarity and ease of understanding. I always appreciate it when someone takes the time to write well. I'd like to note that there are instances where it makes sense for someone to intentionally break grammar rules to make a point, to adjust the rhythm and cadence of a paragraph or to give narrative a conversational feel. Your use of the single word, "period" as a sentence is an example of this.

I'd recommend reading a satirical piece written in the 1970s, "How to Write Good," by former Saturday Night Live writer Michael O'Donoghue. If you search for it you can find it online.
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msteinl,
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8/1/2012 | 8:31:31 PM
re: 11 Most Common Grammar Gaffes On Social Media
Good comments. In fact, sentences can end in quotation marks. Periods and commas always go inside the endquote. A question mark goes inside the endquote if it applies to the content of the quote and outside the endquote if it applies to the context of the quote. For example: He asked, "should we have pizza for dinner?" is correct. Also: Did they arrange to see each other late at night for the "meeting"? is also correct.
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