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Grammar and Usage

Discussion in 'Off Topic [BG]' started by frederic b. hodshon, Feb 12, 2003.


  1. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    pretty good site.

    http://encarta.msn.com/column/grammarironic.asp


    my favorite, and biggest pet peeve:



    Be accurate, more or less

    There's a difference between less and fewer--and if you use these words correctly, you will really sound like you've got a high-powered brain sitting atop your shoulders.

    Use fewer when you're talking about things that can be counted, such as individual hairs and snowflakes. Use less when you're talking about things that refer to general quantities, such as hair and snow.

    f
     
  2. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    You could say 'less hair' -or- 'fewer hairs' :)
     
  3. Wrong Robot

    Wrong Robot Guest

    Apr 8, 2002
    Hmmm...would it be rude to make this a sticky and keep it on top?, for reference purposes.
     
  4. P. Aaron

    P. Aaron Supporting Member

    I marked that page as a favorite. I'll get back to it, after perusing TalkBass!
     
  5. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    "There are two words you should never use. One of them is swell and the other is lousy."

    "Well tell us the lousy one first."
     
  6. DanGouge

    DanGouge

    May 25, 2000
    Canada!
    My own pet peeve is the overuse of the words essentially and basically. 99.9% of the time they are not needed.
     
  7. PollyBass

    PollyBass ******

    Jun 25, 2001
    Shreveport, LA
    This thread is MORE BETTER than all the rest, ALL'S IT IS is a reminder to not sounds like an idiot.
     
  8. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Essentially, that should be the case; but basically people write how they talk! :)
     
  9. temp5897

    temp5897 Guest

    No one recognizes what I said yet...
     
  10. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Damn, you got in there first!! :D
     
  11. Bruce Lindfield

    Bruce Lindfield Unprofessional TalkBass Contributor Gold Supporting Member

    Essentially-speaking, of course!! ;)
     
  12. moley

    moley

    Sep 5, 2002
    Hampshire, UK
    Yeah, basically! :)
     
  13. frederic b. hodshon

    frederic b. hodshon Supporting Member

    May 10, 2000
    Lake Forest, CA
    None.
    i used to work with an engineer that used bassically, to begin essentially every sentence.

    f
     
  14. FunkySpoo

    FunkySpoo Supporting Member

    Feb 6, 2002
    Yeah we did.
    It's an old Abbot and Costello bit