Do you know what drives me crazy? People who write things like "your stupid" when posting comments on internet forums, youtube, digg, and anywhere else that has a comment box. As a lover of the English language, it pains me to see minor atrocities of this sort on a daily basis. This instructable is not meant as a panacea for the internet's grammatical difficulties, and as such it is by no means comprehensive, but every little bit helps.

If I am legitimately wrong on something, let me know and I will make every effort to correct my mistake. In such instances, I would appreciate it if you would quote me chapter and verse of The Bedford Handbook (6th Edition), or at least give me the error code; this is not necessary, but it would lay my mind to rest.

Again, this is by no means comprehensive, so cut me some slack.

Step 1: The "Shift" Key Is Your Friend

One of the things that bugs me is when I see sentences that do not start with a capital letter. Seriously, there is no good reason not to start your sentences with capital letters, and people won't immediately lose a little bit of respect for whatever it is you have to say if you use capital letters properly. If for some reason both of the shift keys on your keyboard are broken, the best thing you can do is to abandon the keyboard immediately; it is no good to you anymore. As a stopgap, you can use the "Caps Lock" key, but please remember to disable caps lock after the first letter, writing in "ALL CAPITALS" is just as bad as never using capital letters at all.

Another important thing to remember is that proper names and the first-person pronoun are capitalized; I do not care what Paris Hilton says, proper grammar is important.
Is it weird that on the label for step 3 I read it correctly and didn't realize it was spelled wrong before I looked at it closely?
<p>errrrmmm...: &quot;...spelled wrong...&quot; ?</p>
I must admit i am almost always guilty of neglecting the capital in social media, however i do use it in hand writing and on word documents, I think I've come to the conclusion that social media is less formal and so it's slightly less necessary, unlike commas which play a key role in the meaning of a sentence. another thing is full stops, which i tend to leave out at the ends of posts but use if there is more than one sentence, again, i think this a formality thing&gt;
Social media, in my opinion, appears to be ruining the entire concept of the English language. People use abbreviations, which sound rather inappropriate or in some cases, immature. So much so that these abbreviations have found their way into everyday life. It is annoying when your junior is talking to you like a hipster adding the terms lol, lmfao etc. into spoken English.
<p>ROFL - I am guilty of using THREE exclamation points to show uncontainable glee or excitement, the visual equivalent of a girlish squeal, but I have to agree that multiple (as in more than 3) so suggest the writer is not all there!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!</p>
<p>My hero!</p>
I painstakingly read your entire Instructable, looking for grammatical errors. <br><br>I just had this insane desire to tell you that I found only one, then refuse to tell you where it was, but then I realized that would be rather mean. <br><br>In other news, great work. Thanks for helping to make this site a better place.
....Although I did find one.
i Know i hate when ppl spell stuff rong on faceBook like waht are there thinkn
I completely understand. I'm the same way, but I disagree about one part. Spell check is overrated!
I must admit i am almost always guilty of neglecting the capital in social media, however i do use it in hand writing and on word documents, I think I've come to the conclusion that social media is less formal and so it's slightly less necessary, unlike commas which play a key role in the meaning of a sentence. another thing is full stops, which i tend to leave out at the ends of posts but use if there is more than one sentence, again, i think this a formality thing&gt;
Err. <br>I think your title is misleading. I think the community would benefit more if you wrote a grammar instructable for those who want to improve. Those who type badly aren't going to improve because *you* are bothered by it. I tend to have bad grammar and I also misspell words because I am dyslexic. The last thing I want is some random stranger butting into my conversation to correct my grammar because instead of focusing on others, she has to &quot;fix&quot; me. I already know my brain doesn't work right and it's pretty embarrassing to have people point that out to me. Now I also know that you probably don't mean it that way at all or have a desire to be mean. But I do know that a lot of &quot;grammar Nazi's&quot; lose respect on the internet. It's a form of bullying. <br> <br>Now I like to try to improve my grammar. But I wouldn't learn it from someone who starts off saying that grammar issues drives them crazy. It's just weird that people will let something little bother them by it. Not that it's little to you. I can tell it's very important and you have a gift for grammar. But on the life scale of things. It's not a matter of life or death. <br> <br>Basically I'm saying write grammar lessons on here where your skills can be put to real use instead of talking about how people's grammar bother you.
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Despite this instructable being rather boring, and over the top, I too can see your point, and it annoys me as much as you when everyone decides to use English incorrectly. Great guide to how to be grammatically correct, I only have one issue with it, and I don't know if it affects everyone (did you see that? I used one of those horrible affect/effect words...), but my Firefox tries to correct me so that I spell everything the American way... eg. 'centre' or 'center' Or 'Litre' or 'Liter'
In tools/options/content/choose languages and add whatever you like, you can add many different English choices including en-ca. sorry for the grammar but capitalizing is hard for me due to disability. plus I try to pick my battles and this isn't worth it. <br>Hope this helps Kazeem :)
I think one problem with the trolling thing is,<br /> They don't know what trolling is, so when they do troll, it's not on purpose.<br /> They're not trolling, or they think they do, so they continue thinking they're doing nothing wrong<br /> They are trolling, but they don't care if people ignore them or not.<br /> <br />
Abortions should be mandatory and free at Walmart.
*Shakes hand with shift key*
great googly moogly i caint spel rite or use commas
If a person's name ends with "s" and you wish to show possession, there is no "s" after the apostrophe. E.G.,if the person is named Bobs, it would be Bobs' paper, not Bobs's paper. Sorry, that just drives me CRAZY on the internet.
&nbsp;In other words one would say &quot;Chris' paper...&quot; instead of &quot;Chris's paper...&quot;??
You do that...
asome!<br /> <br /> Lol<br />
Right click (or ctrl click on a Mac) the subject bar and select &quot;Check Spelling.&quot;<br /> <br /> Also, some misspelling and abbreviations are usually ok in cases where typing fast is a boon, such as computer games.<br />
&nbsp;No doubt proper grammar, spelling is absolutely essential when it comes factual, legal, and technical writing. Having learned long ago not to sweat the small crap I don't. That doesn't mean I cut the&nbsp;pompous&nbsp;blogger the same slack I do the harried DIY trying to&nbsp;document&nbsp; projects&nbsp;between&nbsp;life's more important responsibilities. I use spell check whenever available, but there are times when the online, and my dictionary don't produce words that make the spell check happy, so I assume there is going to be someone unhappy with the spelling choice I end up forcing through. &nbsp;Spell checkers don't catch typos that result in a&nbsp;correctly&nbsp;spelled word that is not relevant at all. :) Online and print grammar&nbsp;guides&nbsp;are confusing as hell. One result being, if the&nbsp;initial&nbsp;consolation&nbsp;results in a&nbsp;grammatical&nbsp;error, the person may be doomed to repeat that error&nbsp;from&nbsp;here on out.
"To put it another way, don't use contractions." There is a distinct irony here. ;) And you know, even though I've always had a talent for spelling and grammar, to this day (I'm 24), I have trouble with "it's" and "its." I know the rule, but when I'm writing/typing, I always use the wrong one.
Yeah, I do the same from time to time, though I&nbsp;usually manage to catch it and correct it. Half of what I&nbsp;type is probably riddled with grammatical errors, but then again, often the reply I receive is worse...<br />
I'm not sure you're right about the "single quote" in British English, I think it's the same as American English. You could very well be right but I'm pretty sure when I was at school they taught us to use "double quotes" for speech.
In Canadian English, we were always taught to use the &quot;double quote&quot; to indicate speech...<br />
its "double quotes " and single for nameing something such as a movie or a play 'The Truman Show'
The most frequent mistake that I spot on the 'net is the improper usage of "there", "their", and "they're". This is so fundamental to proper English usage! Do they no longer teach the difference in school? I have seen others who point out a person's grammatical errors, sometimes helpfully and sometimes not. They are usually called "language police", or much worse!
Grammar Nazi: My Grammar is gooder.
I don't care if anyone is a grammar Nazi your just pissing me off. Maybe its your avatar usually I misjudge the way people are talking because of the emotion of their avatar... If so I'm sorry but still its annoying... Lol i love how everyone is using capitals and better grammar in these comments. coinkeeding perhaps i think not! sorry, L.O.L. >.< JK
Who made your cartoon?
This -ible is pure win because it includes a comic from xkcd.
Well this I where i fail. I over use commas, alot. I still (even after reading your lesson) don't know where to put them.
another one to add to the list: "a lot" are two words... ;-)
Do you mean ' Another one to add to the list; "a lot" is two words' per chance? To reaffirm: Capital letter. Is replaces are. Semicolon replaces colon. Own.
Um, no.<br/><br/>1) A semicolon would be absurd there. Are they two independent clauses? Is it a list with internal punctuation? No. Try not to use semicolons arbitrarily -- it makes writing look less educated, not more.<br/><br/>2) &quot;A&quot; and &quot;lot&quot; are two words. Count them. Two. So they don't use a singular. They aren't &quot;<em>is</em> two words,&quot; that's not grammatical.<br/><br/>3) &quot;Perchance&quot; is one word, not two. It's a common mistake, much like &quot;a lot&quot; is commonly mistaken as being one word. Reread Hamlet.<br/><br/>3) &quot;Own&quot; isn't a complete sentence, unless you are using it in the imperative form. Are you telling me to own something?<br/>
Very well-explained use of the semi-colon here, but I must take issue with point 2. Since the previous poster was referring to a single phrase, the singular is correct.
I know where you are coming from. "A lot" is commonly misspelled, magically transforming into "Alot", through a persons willpower. (Was there supposed to be an apostrophe in "persons"?) In fact, so many children were misspelling this back in school, (In the sixth grade), that the teacher came up with a whole lesson on which is misspelled. They still seem unwary of their actions, though I have realized this common spelling error since the second grade. It makes you wonder who will actually be successful in the future. Oh, and thank you for the instructable, when I read it, I said, "Finally! Someone who cares about spelling and grammar as much as me!" out loud. I applaud you for presenting this to the public, and shame on those who disrespect it. May you have a nice day.
Also, much like the difference between "their", "there", and "they're", you could explain the difference between the phrases "A lot", "Alott", and "Alot". The first being one of two correct "word-ings", the second meaning "to hand out; distribute", and the last being an incorrect, but commonly used "un-word". I apologize for the many quotation marks and commas in this paragraph. Also, is there a reason why the spell check indicated "alott" and "apologize" as being incorrect? I believe this is how they are spelled, and at this moment, I am quite puzzled. Another thing to add, if you hadn't yet: How "I" must always be capatilized. I am not sure if this goes along with proper nouns, but it is a suggestion for you to ponder. Have a nice day.
yea it said that alot isn't a word but I have been using for 14 years so now it's kinda burnt into by brain.
How about saying "a whole lot"?
"a lot", two words, is absolutely fine. "I over-use commas a lot" is fine. It just sounds like one word to many people because it's said very fast. You don't have to change how you use it, just be sure to put a space in there! :-)
yea there's the problem. I don't know why when when i type or write a lot it just doesn't seem right (to me). when it is written like that all i can think of is a lot of land for sale.
I was taught to "Treat 'lot' and 'got' like a poker red hot". Those two words are often incorrectly or over used.
hmmm, what else could I use instead of alot?

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