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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They're there their
by aahjnnot on Thu 18th Mar 2010 20:00 UTC
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As a native English speaker, those three words sound identical to my Welsh ears. And, Thom, don't be tempted to lose your Dutchness - we English speakers delight in diversity. Just make sure you're able to understand and make quick-spoken jokes based around subtle inuendo. That's the true test of fluency and few foreigners ever pass it.

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RE: They're there their
by henderson101 on Fri 19th Mar 2010 10:24 in reply to "They're there their"
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As a native English speaker, those three words sound identical to my Welsh ears.

To my native British "south central" ears, they sound different. They're sounds like "vey-uh" (kind of rhymes with player) and their/there sounds like "vair" (to rhyme with hair/air.) Some people round here might even draw out "they're" to "vei-yuh" or "vei-yar".

Yes, v. Our accent sounds a bit like Cockney with a twang and was apparently influenced by Dockworkers migrating from London in the late 1800's and early 1900's.

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