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    Default How prone are you to making grammatical errors?

    I constantly make grammatical errors, especially on my first 'draft' or attempt. And then of course, there's also typos, which is kind of a different subject. I'll still mess up the most basic shit, like "to" and "too". Furthermore, there's some "problem words" for me that I always have trouble spelling. If you think about it, it's ridiculous to have problems spelling a certain words over and over again, because you'd think all you need to do is look it up once. Or just look at it after spell check corrects it. Anyway, I've always been kind of curious what it's like for other people.
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    To be honest, I rarely make any grammatical errors and I notice them when anyone else makes them, though I'm prone to spelling equation as "equasion" when typing quickly. I initially make a few typos because my fingers are always cold and due to the elbow and wrist issues I have. But I proofread before I post. Anyone else OCD over perfect grammar?

    On a side note, Noodles has excellent grammar and punctuation skills. I think I've only spotted 2 or 3 errors/typos in all the tweets of his that I've read.
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    I try not to make any and proofread too but well shit happens ...
    But what really gives me a hard time sometimes is whenever I write something in English to make it sound "natural" ... German grammar and the structure of sentences are quite different from the English and I hate it when what I write doesn't sound correct and fluent.

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    Quote Originally Posted by samseby View Post
    I try not to make any and proofread too but well shit happens ...
    But what really gives me a hard time sometimes is whenever I write something in English to make it sound "natural" ... German grammar and the structure of sentences are quite different from the English and I hate it when what I write doesn't sound correct and fluent.
    Yeah, English and German grammar are different. They seem to be based on the same idea but have gone their own ways and changed. Knowing the correct infinitives, proper word order and knowing where commas go in sentences was always an issue for me in German class. However, we were not expected to get that correctly with only German I and German II available in my college. I'd like to get back to practicing it, but I don't know anyone who knows it to see if I am doing it correctly.
    By the way, what you wrote now sounds pretty natural to me. ^,^
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    I think I'm pretty confident in my grammatical skills.

    I remember recently looking at my 1st year college essays and being appalled at the quality of the writing (compared to it now. I know I have better grammar than some of my friends; you'd swear some of them were twelve by the way they write.

    I'm sure I still make mistakes if I'm not concentrating. And I'm sure there are those sentences that, although sounding right, are grammatically incorrect. A lot of those things are down to preferences though, I think. Different systems for American and British Universities.

    What really threw me off was the use of an apostrophe for, say, Thomas. I was told that instead of "Thomas' car", it should be "Thomas's car", after years of being taught the former (although the former applies for ancient historical figures). I know this is a preference, rather than a rule, so I'm never sure what to do in this case.

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    Quote Originally Posted by "Melyssa K" Kennedy View Post
    By the way, what you wrote now sounds pretty natural to me. ^,^
    Well, thanks
    So did you enjoy studying German? Honestly I think it's one of the hardest languages to study - besides Latin that is. French, Spanish and Italian are way easier as far as I'm concerned.
    Another thing that happens to me from time to time is that I mix up vocabulary i.e. I turn certain Spanish vocabulary into French or certain French vocabulary into English etc. and I tend to mix up BE and AE too.
    The usage of grammar and the right spelling also depend on what and when you are writing. On the internet people (including myself ) often don't pay that much attention to grammar and spelling ... if talking to someone it depends. I have problems finding the right words sometimes so I might actually use 'Um ...' a lot too. The usage of proper English punctuation is another one of my weak points.
    But all in all I guess I can make myself understood so ... it's all good.

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    I have ridiculously terrible spelling and grammar when I use my phone, unfortunately I post almost exclusively from that now days. I guess I could change that, but I don't typically have the time to proof read if I am posting from my phone, and I'm not that bothered by it either way. I certainly do not have perfect grammar, or even close to perfect, but a lot of my 'mistakes' are intentional. I use not real words a lot and feel like I use way more commas than any person should, then again, I'm not to up to date on grammatical rules, so I'm not entirely sure. I think I spell most words correctly and generally keep stuff like to, too, two, and you, your, you're straight. I believe Allison mentioned it, I always say 'Thomas' house' 'Thomas's house' looks so fucking weird and wrong to me, I believe I even do it with a name like Prince, when speaking and in writing.

    So, how do people feel about the oxford comma?
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    Quote Originally Posted by samseby View Post
    Well, thanks
    So did you enjoy studying German? Honestly I think it's one of the hardest languages to study - besides Latin that is. French, Spanish and Italian are way easier as far as I'm concerned.
    Another thing that happens to me from time to time is that I mix up vocabulary i.e. I turn certain Spanish vocabulary into French or certain French vocabulary into English etc. and I tend to mix up BE and AE too.
    The usage of grammar and the right spelling also depend on what and when you are writing. On the internet people (including myself ) often don't pay that much attention to grammar and spelling ... if talking to someone it depends. I have problems finding the right words sometimes so I might actually use 'Um ...' a lot too. The usage of proper English punctuation is another one of my weak points.
    But all in all I guess I can make myself understood so ... it's all good.
    I picked up the German vocabulary extremely quickly and easily. Learning to conjugate verbs and the modal verbs took a bit of practice and everyone had trouble pluralizing nouns because there are four (right?) different ways to do it with no concrete rules or patterns.
    I know what you mean. And I meant it's a crime using uhh's and stuff in public speeches. In everyday speech, it's perfectly acceptable unless you incorporate "like" into every phrase. See? I began a sentence with "and" and I don't give a shit. XP
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    I am such a horrible speller. If I'm having problems spelling a word I'll try spelling it out in sign language first, then if I still can't get it I'll try writting it out and if it still looks wrong to me I'll use spell check or I'll ask someone.

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    Every single post so far in this thread has at least one grammatical error I could point out. :P I've been teaching English as a foreign language to adults and teenagers in Europe for over three years, though, and thus have better grammar than nearly everyone* I know.

    *The only people I know who've got better grammar than I do are non-native speakers who've finished master's degrees or PhDs in English pedagogy. Native speakers almost always have worse grammar than non-natives with such education, which seems a bit counterintuitive.
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