Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 4th Aug 2009 16:32 UTC
Humor Since I think we haven't been having enough fun lately on OSNews, I decided it's time we do something fun for a change. We all have our little pet annoyances when it comes to other people's comments. Fixed expressions or comment styles that annoy the living daylights out of you. Here are mine.
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RE: First!
by merkoth on Tue 4th Aug 2009 17:25 UTC in reply to "First!"
merkoth
Member since:
2006-09-22

Know the difference between your and you're.


True. Also, most of the internet seems to have forgotten the difference between then and than. Windows doesn't have a bigger marketshare then anything. It probably has a bigger marketshare than OSX or Linux, though.

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RE[2]: First!
by daev on Tue 4th Aug 2009 20:16 in reply to "RE: First!"
daev Member since:
2009-01-24

The one that annoys me most often is when people don't correctly differentiate between it's and its.

Your, your; than, then; it's, its - they all sound similar but have totally different meanings. People who make these errors, please take a few seconds to read over what you've just written. Using the correct word will not only prevent you from looking foolish, it will also make it much easier for other people to figure out what your saying.

Edited 2009-08-04 20:17 UTC

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RE[3]: First!
by daev on Wed 5th Aug 2009 03:22 in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
daev Member since:
2009-01-24

Hahahaha I just realised I typed your by accident, and now I can't edit or delete the comment. Maybe I should be more understanding with other people's typos.

Edited 2009-08-05 03:23 UTC

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RE[2]: First!
by siride on Wed 5th Aug 2009 00:50 in reply to "RE: First!"
siride Member since:
2006-01-02

Which is okay in my book because those words were in origin the same, generally have been pronounced the same through history and have often been spelled the same. We get by with just one "when" instead of also have "whan", so why do we need "than"?

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RE[3]: First!
by joshv on Wed 5th Aug 2009 01:27 in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
joshv Member since:
2006-03-18

Which is okay in my book because those words were in origin the same, generally have been pronounced the same through history and have often been spelled the same. We get by with just one "when" instead of also have "whan", so why do we need "than"?


If you think than and then are pronounced the same... you might be a redneck.

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RE[2]: First!
by Nalle on Wed 5th Aug 2009 05:39 in reply to "RE: First!"
Nalle Member since:
2005-07-06

As a Norwegian, I get frustrated when people use all their energy correcting spelling errors and wrong use of then/than and it's/its and such.

We're not native English! We do not necessarily know the difference between then and than - nobody has taught us! That doesn't make us stupid - just uninformed. If the writer is uninformed of the topic, I can understand you reacting. But it's the finer points in English writing and grammar we are bad at (and the spell check do not help us with errors like that), not the topic at hand, and come on! You are smart enough to correct in your mind while reading, aren't you?

Now, what I find annoying is when I read a forum that cannot be threaded and a writer entire comment is:

«@RoundTree: YES!»
Without any quote of RoundTree's comment. Of cause there is a few hundred comments and only ten on each page. Then I have to go backwards and look for the comment made of RoundTree to find out what the writer is shouting YES to. Takes a bit of time that.

Now that's annoying!


Nalle Berg
./nalle.

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RE[3]: First!
by boofar on Wed 5th Aug 2009 09:25 in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
boofar Member since:
2008-04-23

I'm Norwegian too, and I believe we were thought the difference between it's and its in fourth grade. I'm sure then/than was mentioned at some point too. ;)

That being said, if people keep correcting your small mistakes, you should probably take it as a compliment. They probably do not realize they're talking someone whom native language isn't English. From what I've seen, people who obviously don't speak English very well don't usually get the same "grammar nit-picking" replies.

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RE[3]: First!
by merkoth on Wed 5th Aug 2009 12:29 in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
merkoth Member since:
2006-09-22

Just FYI, English isn't my native tongue, either. Why do people take stuff like personal attacks? I said it's annoying, that's all.

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RE[3]: First!
by Creap on Wed 5th Aug 2009 14:25 in reply to "RE[2]: First!"
Creap Member since:
2009-08-05

My experience as a Swede is that more Americans than Scandinavians confuse "their" and "they're".

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