The ``Is-Is`` Epidemic

Submitted by: Anyalazagna 9 years ago in

What the problem is is that people say ""the problem is is your grammar stinks."" Pretty funny grammatical observation.
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Female 486
"I hate it when people try to correct my grammar. Like dude... you have other things to do with your life other than to just waste your time with me when you know im not going to listen."
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I`M!! Or I AM!

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Female 507
When people are talking they don`t really think about being grammatically correct because that would make them talk pretty slow. They have to think about what they want to say combined with how to say it properly. If they make that is-is mistake, just forgive them. If they were typing or writing a letter or something, then you can give them a lesson on grammar. *reads this over so that I`m as grammatically correct as I can be* Meh, I probably made a mistake too >_<
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Female 85
He`s Cool
I like the video... kinda creative in a simplistic sort of way
and stop doing the corny "Is-Is" jokes
funny at first then it was stupid
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Male 107
in the montage, how come he did a longer hang and a
zoom effect on bush?... doesnt he like him?
not like he started a war or something.
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Female 1,186
aw crap grammar
OUTSIDE school ><
the end montage was kinda hilarious tho
well parts of it were
the starving kids nd war stuff not so much
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Male 1,455
"Coma`s people. They have a purpose and "is, is" is perfectly acceptable grammer when used correctly!"

Way to fail. You used is-is in the one situation in which it is acceptable, and then claimed that it`s an exception and the guy is wrong. I bet you didn`t even watch the video.

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Male 650
what the problem is is that this video is is retarded is is.
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Female 1,269
as was stated before he does look very stoned lol
i thought it was funny and i can honestly say i never noticed that before....*durdurduuuur*
yeah
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Female 1,984
I like this guy. Finally someone who cares about proper English grammar!

"What the problem is, is that kids are on they`re summer break...this guy is probably an english teacher or some kinda of education freak...something to bug my english teacher about when i start school lol"
It`s "their" not "they`re". This `freak` should help you with your spelling and probably even your grammar.

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Male 608
the interesting this is is that i liked the song
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Female 1,426
What the problem is is that people are too stupid and lazy to understand.
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Female 15,763
Deaf`s got the right idea.
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Male 663
he needs more sleep
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Female 4
"I hate it when people try to correct my grammar. Like dude... you have other things to do with your life other than to just waste your time with me when you know im not going to listen."

Yeah, you could for example google your own name instead. Or be here!

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Male 382
Brilliant linguistic observation. And a nice sense of proportion at the end.
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Female 1,287
i think hes just being nit-picky...
along with the rest of you *cough*dainty*cough*
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Male 68
that`s funny deaf woman:-|
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Female 4,225
^You`re right
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Male 12,138
^^ Turnshroud, take the gloves off, love. And it`s "its", not "it`s". You know, seeing as we`re discussing grammar and stuff.
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Female 4,225
No wait...

woudn`t [is that] link?

The opther clause would then be [that guy is an 8diot], no...that`s independednt, it can stand on it`s own...

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Female 4,225
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MrVage
Male, 18-29, Eastern US
1 Posts Sunday, June 29, 2008 8:09:26 AM
@primetimekin
You shouldn`t have commas in that sentence.

It should read:
What the problem is is that this guy is an ass.

Shoudn`t it read-
what the problem is, is that this guy is an ass.

Two dependednt clauses.

[What the problem is]
[is that this guy is an ass]

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Male 442
i keep saying "that, that" which annoys me so i change it
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Male 11,739
All of that to make a political statement at the end. Meh.
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Female 192
Maddog, that`s exactly what he said. Smartass.
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Male 32
It is what it is.
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Male 9
@primetimekin

You shouldn`t have commas in that sentence.

It should read:
What the problem is is that this guy is an ass.

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Female 4,225
The promlem is devrivede fom the intern3t. Because ppl frequently perposely klike like using bad grammer and spelling It is annoying

I don`t care if you occasionally and approprietly say WTF, PPL, OMG etc, and I don`t blame you for the occasional typo, but PLEASE, presewrve the the sacred rites of Stndard English

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Female 1,470
LOOL the blocks spelled "wtf"
Man im soo high today
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Female 70
ive been saying is is for years. but then again, i never say `the` in a sentence. :] i love my accent/dialect.
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Male 1,013
stoned or drunk steve is is!
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Female 309
That guy had chronis red eye. I knew this was going to be a weed fuelled rant.
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Male 18
STOP INDUCING NIGHTMARES
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Male 31
This "is" hilarious!
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Male 916
Another funny thing is people writing `have went`, `have ate`, `have took` etc. Why is the past participle so much frowned upon these days?
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Male 2,372
Full marks to Steve.

Full marks, as well, to goaliejerry. It`s incorrect to say, "Everyone should bring their lunch." That just makes you sound like a 12 year old crack whore. The correct way is to say, "Everyone should bring his lunch" or "Everyone should bring his or her lunch."

...and what`s with people starting to say "Where are you at" all of a sudden?

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Male 901
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Male 273
I think that the "they/them/their" pronoun declensions are in fact some kind of informal gender-neutral third-person singular pronoun. My question is, why can`t "When a person goes to the store, they pay with a credit card" be correct? I`m talking about the evolution of a "mistake" into a standardized grammar rule. All uses of "singular" they are understood, semantically/morphologically/syntactically correct uses. I`m just talking about the words themselves becoming used and accepted by their semantic value, regardless of their (lol) other meaning. Any thoughts?
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Male 807
I would like to punch him.
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Male 3,431
I personally believe that U.S. Americans need grammatical lessons because most people don`t have grammar.
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Male 7,933
What the problem is, is that this guy, is an ass.
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Male 4,014
you is an it. Every undefined person is an it. So call it it.
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Male 4,014
Here is my pet peeve.
The problem is the use of "they" when referring to an undefined singular person. People often say something like this: "When a person goes to the store, they pay with a credit card."
Now, intuition seems to cause this - "person" could be a man or a woman, multiple possible people, so "they" seems appropriate. But, English teachers will say that instead of using "they," which is inappropriate to refer to a single "person," we should say either "he," or "she," or both "he or she."

I WANT TO say IT instead. "When a person goes to the store, it pays with a credit card." Since I am referring to an undefined singular person, "it" is perfectly proper. That is all I am saying. Impersonal, yes, but correct.

English is weird because it forces us to do the whole “he or she” thing.

Screw it, ITS IT. A person is an it. I am an it. Each one of

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Male 678
reminds me of the guy who wanted more space on his "The Wagon and Horses" sign

he asked the painter to leave a bigger gap between Wagon and and and and and Horses

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Male 24
"what I want -shifty eyes- Root beer"

that part had me cracking up

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Male 386
His voice was airy. However, if he confused you, try saying the following:

WRONG: The problem is is money.
RIGHT: The problem is money.

WRONG: What the problem is money.
RIGHT: What the problem is is money.

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Female 69
I agree with the statement that we have much more pressing grammatical problems in the world. For example, people use apostrophes in words that don`t require them. Also, people misuse your and you`re and they`re, their, and there; and what about all of the superflous "likes" in everyday conversation?
However, I believe that those of us who enjoy good grammar should just overlook the minor grammatical errors on the internet. It saves us time and energy.
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Female 531
anal much?
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Female 1,065
What the problem is is he looks high.
I don`t trust high people.
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Female 110
Thank God I`m not the only one who acknowledges the use of incorrect grammar. :]
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Female 1,441
Who says "what the problem is" anyway? I always just say "the problem is that..."
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Female 1,142
That guy is is has a point there. :|
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Female 657
I`m also one to correct grammar. I just don`t like the idea that the person I`m dedicating my attention to has the grammatical skills of a 2nd grader. =/
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Male 135
What the problem is, is blah blah something.
The problem is blah blah something.

Choose one, don`t mix them.

It`s similar to the "Irregardless" thing. "Regardless" or "irrespective", choose one. Don`t try to mash them together. `Ir` and `less` are both negatives, and thus cancel each other. "Irregardless" means they didn`t not have regard, which of course means they did have regard. It`s like saying "non regard-free".

Why do I care about your grammar? The reason we care about other people`s grammar is that we like to be able to read (or listen to) something and understand it the first time. We don`t like having to go over something fifteen times to work out what someone is trying to say.

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Male 273
AMEN! I`m a grammar nut. What`s a degree in linguistics gonna do for you? But lol @ itsdrew.
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Female 151
Why so many negative comments:/? I though this was pretty great:)...
but maybe I`m just a grammar nut...
^^and yes carebear, I agree:D
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Male 1,725
lol walmart IS a problem
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Male 68
Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
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Female 687
he was cuteeee :]]
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Male 410
I`ve never seen anybody use that out of context. Word.
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Male 68
Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
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Male 505
HE WAS SO STONED!
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Male 1,109
what the problem is is that that video was confusing. not really, just wanted to put "is" and "that" twice.
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Female 2,228
Isis is an egyptian Goddess, Is Is on the other hand is a bunch of words. Just thought i`d point out the ovbious.
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Male 1,220
i`ve noticed that so much before and it really annoys the poop out of me
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Female 2,289
I hate it when people try to correct my grammar. Like dude... you have other things to do with your life other than to just waste your time with me when you know im not going to listen.
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Male 210
no, see, the problem is is that you guys are listening to him, when he is is clearly trying to make it more complicated than it really is is.

just try thinking about it. you`ll see it is is not as complicated as he says it is is.

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Male 907
You know a simple comma would end it...

What the problem is, is that this is stupid.

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Male 121
I`m loaded so I don`t get this
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Male 4,867
video was kinda good

the problem is is is is that this aint an epidemic, its a gramatical fudgeing error

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Female 532
This is a less than demi-epic epidemic. I`ve never even noticed it before.
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Male 213
I think he shouldve done a video on using the word "like".
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Female 943
hahahah he must be very observant.
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Male 32
looks like he worked on the video for 3 days straight.
i guess thats how much it bothered him (dude needs a life )
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Male 637
The thing is simply that you can`t say, "What the problem is that I fail at grammar." because that would make absolutely no sense. The second `is` is required, but not required in something like, "The problem is that I fail at grammar." so using it without a clause like, "What the problem is..." just makes you look like you`re trying to be smart, and failing at it. Also, ThursdayLark, while that would be pretty nifty of him, I wouldn`t personally bet on it. While I like grammar, I`m not an ass about it to other people. This guy seemed too condescending, in my opinion.
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Male 528
The Mighty ISIS hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
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Male 45
that was awesome!... i dig this kind of comedy
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Female 179
He looks really stoned.
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Female 657
This was pretty fantastic, I must say.
Do you think he might have just used this as a launching pad to try and highlight the other problems in the world and was satirizing other people who are so nit-picky about poo like this? HMMMMM.
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Male 5,970
WTF was up with the end of it? Subliminal messaging?
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Male 230
The problem is, is that i`m confused...
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Male 734
"You wouldn`t say that."

Yes. Yes I would. And I do. Now go away.

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Male 509
@Dainty

You`re arguing semantics really, when people say Americans they generally mean a person from the United States.

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Male 155
i dont speak english
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Male 205
Also I`m not saying you`re all too dumb to understand the difference... Don`t wanna turn this into another "hate America" thing.
No I`m kidding, I love those discussions. I just don`t want to get started right now
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Male 2,720

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Male 205
"What the problem is, is that kids are on they`re summer break"

THEIR summer break.

What the problem is, is that most Americans don`t know their own language. "There", "their", "they`re" is a far too common mistake and i read it more than once on this site every day.

Go see for yourself in other comments :P


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Male 464
The problem is people putting "quotes" around words which aren`t quotes. People ending a statement with a question mark? People abusing apostrophe`s e.g. Chris` DVD`s Coma`s

Those are some problems, how many times would you hear "is is" in normal conversation?

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Male 68
Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
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Male 12,138
What the problem is, is that this guy needs to get laid. And maybe some fresh air. Or he could just get laid outdoors, 2 birds 1 stone.
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Female 66
What the problem is, is that kids are on they`re summer break...this guy is probably an english teacher or some kinda of education freak...something to bug my english teacher about when i start school lol
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Male 3,369
See...I did it with three and still makes perfect sense when applied correctly!

Also..was he stoned?

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Male 3,369
What the problem is, is that he`s talking out of his ass!

Coma`s people. They have a purpose and "is, is" is perfectly acceptable grammer when used correctly!

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Male 1,111
There`s also no need to make a video about a simple grammatical thing.
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Male 68
Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
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Male 254
so complicated. CANNOT COMPUTE.
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Male 509
"We`ve got other problems"

Nice clip show at the end.

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Male 4,393
O.O What the problem is is i dont not get it

just just playing

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Male 91
I think I understand it... The images at the end were weird.
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Female 254
Link: The ``Is-Is`` Epidemic [Rate Link] - What the problem is is that people say ``the problem is is your grammar stinks.`` Pretty funny grammatical observation.
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