Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 18th Mar 2010 19:05 UTC
Features, Office Since everybody in the technology world is apparently having a vacation, and nobody told me about it, we're kind of low on news. As such, this seems like the perfect opportunity to gripe about something I've always wanted to gripe about: a number of common mistakes in English writing in the comments section. I'll also throw in some tidbits about my native language, Dutch, so you can compare and contrast between the two.
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by Nathan O. on Thu 18th Mar 2010 20:07 UTC
Nathan O.
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"There" in its use as a "pronoun," I believe, is still actually an indication of location. Much like you can say, "there he lay," you can say, "here he lay." Also, in my Northwest American accent, the three "thaers" (can I coin that term?) sound identical. And I totally agree; learning the difference between these three words can appear daunting but it actually VERY easy. I think it's low-hanging fruit that can make a person feel like a better English writer with so little effort.

I have to admit, Thom, that for some crazy reason, I love reading your language-related tirades :-)

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