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Feel free to join a society with the aim of collectively correcting Instructables users' spelling mistakes.

But, please, correct spellings constructively.

Be nice about it.
:D

Grammar Police

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Labot2001
Labot2001

11 years ago

Dewd. Chyeahh.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

11 years ago

(Clears throat)

Feel free to join a society with the aim of collectively correcting Instructables users' spelling mistakes.

But, please, correct spellings constructively.

Be nice about it.

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 11 years ago

Didn't your teacher explain that sentences shouldn't start with but or because?

Because mine didn't.

But it's OK.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Apparently, English is an evolving language.

But we all know what American education has to say about evolution... ;-)

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 11 years ago

But we all know what American education has to say about evolution... ;-)

I think you're confusing America with the Bible Belt...

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

It was a joke - I put a significant pause and a winking thing on the end of it and everything.

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Labot2001
Labot2001

Reply 11 years ago

So was mine - I just didn't throw in a "winking thing".

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Evolution is only a theory remember Kiteman, it should not be taught as fact. I do believe that the english curriculum explains teaching it as a theory as well.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, I do hope you had your tongue in your cheek when you typed "only a theory"...

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

not at all, natural selection is a proven fact, however evolution remains a theory.

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n8man
n8man

Reply 11 years ago

natural selection is a form of evolution, I just learned it two years ago. If you really want me to throughly explain it, reply to this comment.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

It ok n8man, surprisingly i did learn about this at school, and then in further education, aswell as studiying it somewhat off my own back. I think you will find that natural selection is key to evolution, not a form of. natural selection is what it is.

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, I know it's a theory, it's the "only" bit - that's the sort of dismissive semantic trick that YECs try and use to demote the status of evolution from a solid scientific basis, supported by millions of pieces of evidence gathered through the application of countless thousands of man-years of labour.

In science, an idea that might explain a phenomenon or process is only promoted to a theory after huge amounts of work; data-collection and analysis.

Technically, evolution is a theory, and "creation science" is an unsupported hypothesis.

Evolution is only a theory in the same way that gravity is only a theory.

Yes, I know it's a rant, you might have noticed I'm sensitive about this.

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

i dont kno what a YEC is, but i understand the problems within religion. I am a religious person, but i hate it when people dismiss science, and treat the bible too literally. eg - creation stories. Personally, ive only founds the answers when using both religion and science. Not just the one, i mean think about it, if someones believes in God, then they have to believe in the laws he made! eg gravity physics, etc..

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

YEC = Young Earth Creationist - they take the whole Bible as literal truth, including the Genesis story, and believe that the Bible's timeline is complete and accurate, which means the entire universe is a touch over 6000 years old.

If I drew maps with the same level of accuracy and fidelity, New York would be closer to me than the back of my chair, and the whole of the United States would fit in my school's yard.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

I hope he was joking.

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

Was...uh...was that a joke?

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killerjackalope
killerjackalope

Reply 11 years ago

It's all going to be OK, the English language is composed of words that Chuck Norris let live.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Don't use contractions.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

Do not* :D

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Yeah...that was the whole point...kinda like KJL's joke above mine...it's humor, you wouldn't understand... ;D

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

Suuuure. :D

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

*screams* I'M TELLING THE TRUTH!!! IT'S TOO DUMB A MISTAKE TO MAKE!!

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

"..too dumb of a mistake.."* :P

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Oh, whatever. :D

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gmjhowe
gmjhowe

Reply 11 years ago

Sure is only one u bumpus.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 11 years ago

You can, you just have to have 2 dependant clauses that you're connecting.

But without the pen, we could not write; with it, we can fight.

Feel free to correct my grammar on that... but I'd consider it to be correct.

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 11 years ago

What exactly did you change?

Also, just curious, is it Instructables users or Instructables' users? On one hand, you have a compound noun of sorts, and on the other users of Instructables

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Compare bumpus' original post and my italicised version.

The apostrophe goes on the end of users, vis: "the spelling mistakes belonging to those who use Instructables".

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 11 years ago

I did compare them, and couldn't find a difference...

I'm not arguing the users' part, I'm wondering about the phrase "Instructables(') users"

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Pardon me whilst I slap myself on the forehead, then hunt down bumpus and do the same to him, but more violently.

He has, of course, edited his original post to match my corrected version.

Subtle little rat, isn't he?

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zachninme
zachninme

Reply 11 years ago

*gasp*

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

:-)

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

>slap<

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

So it ISN'T my brain playing tricks on me! I stared at the two posts for the better part of five minutes, trying to figure out what the difference was. I even compared them letter for letter!

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whatsisface
whatsisface

Reply 11 years ago

Hyper-win.

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jessyratfink
jessyratfink

11 years ago

Oh dear. So this is where it started. :P I've given up on the internets in regards to spelling and grammar. When I was a mod on IGN I'd edit posts so they were correct. Now I don't care anymore. I can't wait to see a member of this group tell someone "your a idiot, you spelled K'NEX wrong!!" :D

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

Hahah, true that.

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zachninme
zachninme

11 years ago

I believe this is pretty pointless. The entire point of spelling correctly is to get your meaning across. If you could understand it fairly easy, then its fine.

Spelling & grammar also provide a benchmark for the intelligence of a person... if they're too lazy to hit "check spelling", so be it. I'm in this group :D

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

A native English speaker can garner the correct intended meaning from quite atrocious spelling, and even the complete transplantation of homophones.

However, readers lacking in fluency, especially those using automatic translators, will find their attempts at understanding completely flummoxed by those same mistakes.

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skunkbait
skunkbait

Reply 11 years ago

You're just being homophonophobic!

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Is there an emoticon for "rolling eyes"?

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Kiteman
Kiteman

Reply 11 years ago

Thanks!

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Heh.

I wonder if anyone will notice I just made that up...I maybe just made internet history...

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DJ Radio
DJ Radio

11 years ago

this is pretty much a bad idea, there are a ton of members living in non-english countries

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xACIDITYx
xACIDITYx

Reply 11 years ago

That's no excuse for poor Grammar.

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Lithium Rain
Lithium Rain

Reply 11 years ago

Yes, but many people are still learning the language, so we can't expect them to speak flawless english.

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bumpus
bumpus

Reply 11 years ago

No, but we can help them learn English in a constructive manner