...I disagree with this effort to categorize various forms of laziness.To my way of thinking, there is a much simpler way to categorize speaking and writing than trying to divide-up everything into arbitrary groups. It basically boils down to this: some people make an effort to speak and write correctly, while most people don't, and that's pretty much it. "Informal speech" is merely a term we use to describe our own laziness when we don't try as hard to speak well as we would in a more formal setting. One should not try to dignify the sloppiness of informal speech by calling it "correct within its context"; rather, informal speech is merely the causal, sloppy speaking we do when we're not trying so hard to be formal...
That's so arbitrary.Parsimony, especially with words, is a virtue. I would rather read 'incorrect' text that gets to the point than 'correct' text that goes on and on and on and on and on and on and on ...
Robert, I would say this "school of thought" needs to be educated
When I use a word, Humpty Dumpty said, in rather a scornful tone, it means just what I choose it to mean, neither more nor less. The question is, said Alice, whether you can make words mean so many different things. The question is, said Humpty Dumpty, which is to be master; thats all.
Uh huh. See what I mean? Yes it was.
Regarding this other matter, Jeremy, I do not believe the word "advertising" is a gerund in the sentence I used....Therefore, the word "advertising" was a present participle in my sentence.
Oh... you mean we were supposed to be taking this seriously?
Bravo Eric, a tip of the hat to you .
...Grammar's, but both of them has been ded for menny year's.
The hat's tip?
Unrelated to photography (but still allowed in this section I read!) but It's important that I get this right. I have a design that I'm doing currently and am unsure if I need an apostrophe or not in the text. I have a line which for example reads "Ikeas top of the line..."Am I right in thinking I don't need an apostrophe anywhere in the word Ikea?Many thanks!
... I have a line which for example reads "Ikeas top of the line..."Am I right in thinking I don't need an apostrophe anywhere in the word Ikea?...
Well... Strictly speaking, you are right, you do not need an apostrophe "anywhere in the word Ikea"... but you do need it outside the word, i.e., Ikea's.P.S. I assume the level of the debate so far allows me this level of pedantry?
Gerunds are verbs ening in "ing"
Misspelling, especially in light of the availability of a spell check function provided automatically in all posts, is very lazy.
"Now that is the type of arrant pedantry up with which I shall not put."~ Sir Winston Churchill