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Date: 06/28/08 04:45 PM

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  1. Profile photo of Anyalazagna
    Anyalazagna Female 18-29
    254 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 10:06 am
    Link: The ``Is-Is`` Epidemic - What the problem is is that people say ``the problem is is your grammar stinks.`` Pretty funny grammatical observation.
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    matsch888 Male 18-29
    91 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 4:51 pm
    I think I understand it... The images at the end were weird.
  3. Profile photo of WHOISIT12345
    WHOISIT12345 Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 4:52 pm
    O.O What the problem is is i dont not get it

    just just playing

  4. Profile photo of Anish
    Anish Male 13-17
    511 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm
    "We`ve got other problems"

    Nice clip show at the end.

  5. Profile photo of kiddo
    kiddo Male 13-17
    255 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 4:56 pm
    so complicated. CANNOT COMPUTE.
  6. Profile photo of gance
    gance Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 4:57 pm
    Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
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    Liquidglass Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:01 pm
    There`s also no need to make a video about a simple grammatical thing.
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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:02 pm
    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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    The_Maddog Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:03 pm
    See...I did it with three and still makes perfect sense when applied correctly!

    Also..was he stoned?

  10. Profile photo of aznqtpie08
    aznqtpie08 Female 13-17
    66 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:07 pm
    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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    davymid Male 30-39
    12151 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:11 pm
    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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    gance Male 18-29
    68 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:14 pm
    Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
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    deaf_woman Male 30-39
    2721 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:17 pm

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    BrokenJohn Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:22 pm
    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?

  15. Profile photo of JeffHatesYou
    JeffHatesYou Male 18-29
    205 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:24 pm
    "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


  16. Profile photo of deaf_woman
    deaf_woman Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:24 pm

  17. Profile photo of JeffHatesYou
    JeffHatesYou Male 18-29
    205 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:25 pm
    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
  18. Profile photo of godamoungppl
    godamoungppl Male 13-17
    156 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:35 pm
    i dont speak english
  19. Profile photo of Anish
    Anish Male 13-17
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:38 pm
    @Dainty

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

  20. Profile photo of Dragonlord
    Dragonlord Male 18-29
    734 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:40 pm
    "You wouldn`t say that."

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

  21. Profile photo of dougsimpson
    dougsimpson Male 18-29
    230 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:41 pm
    The problem is, is that i`m confused...
  22. Profile photo of hehehenerd
    hehehenerd Male 13-17
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:45 pm
    WTF was up with the end of it? Subliminal messaging?
  23. Profile photo of ThursdayLark
    ThursdayLark Female 18-29
    657 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 5:46 pm
    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.
  24. Profile photo of Morbeh
    Morbeh Female 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:47 pm
    He looks really stoned.
  25. Profile photo of just17n8
    just17n8 Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 5:53 pm
    that was awesome!... i dig this kind of comedy
  26. Profile photo of eladrelkce
    eladrelkce Male 30-39
    528 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 6:05 pm
    The Mighty ISIS hahahahahahahahahahahahahaha
  27. Profile photo of Mouichi
    Mouichi Male 18-29
    637 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 6:07 pm
    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.
  28. Profile photo of u_dont_scare
    u_dont_scare Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm
    looks like he worked on the video for 3 days straight.
    i guess thats how much it bothered him (dude needs a life )
  29. Profile photo of ashwey
    ashwey Female 13-17
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    June 28, 2008 at 6:08 pm
    hahahah he must be very observant.
  30. Profile photo of kittyloaf
    kittyloaf Male 18-29
    214 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 6:18 pm
    I think he shouldve done a video on using the word "like".
  31. Profile photo of Aqua_Bird
    Aqua_Bird Female 13-17
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    June 28, 2008 at 6:24 pm
    This is a less than demi-epic epidemic. I`ve never even noticed it before.
  32. Profile photo of domisgood
    domisgood Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 6:28 pm
    video was kinda good

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

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    sifl Male 18-29
    121 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 6:36 pm
    I`m loaded so I don`t get this
  34. Profile photo of idontknow951
    idontknow951 Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 6:47 pm
    You know a simple comma would end it...

    What the problem is, is that this is stupid.

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    sup_dawg444 Male 18-29
    210 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 6:50 pm
    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.

  36. Profile photo of britt566
    britt566 Female 18-29
    2291 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 6:54 pm
    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.
  37. Profile photo of smartbomb314
    smartbomb314 Male 13-17
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    June 28, 2008 at 6:56 pm
    i`ve noticed that so much before and it really annoys the poop out of me
  38. Profile photo of QueenZira
    QueenZira Female 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 7:07 pm
    Isis is an egyptian Goddess, Is Is on the other hand is a bunch of words. Just thought i`d point out the ovbious.
  39. Profile photo of itsdrew
    itsdrew Male 13-17
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    June 28, 2008 at 7:16 pm
    what the problem is is that that video was confusing. not really, just wanted to put "is" and "that" twice.
  40. Profile photo of SparkleBabys
    SparkleBabys Male 18-29
    508 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 7:26 pm
    HE WAS SO STONED!
  41. Profile photo of gance
    gance Male 18-29
    68 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 7:40 pm
    Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
  42. Profile photo of WDanC
    WDanC Male 18-29
    410 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 7:45 pm
    I`ve never seen anybody use that out of context. Word.
  43. Profile photo of __carebear__
    __carebear__ Female 13-17
    688 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 7:49 pm
    he was cuteeee :]]
  44. Profile photo of gance
    gance Male 18-29
    68 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 7:53 pm
    Slightly educational, extremely unnecessary.
  45. Profile photo of klkl
    klkl Male 13-17
    1726 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 7:55 pm
    lol walmart IS a problem
  46. Profile photo of BillieBored
    BillieBored Female 13-17
    151 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 7:58 pm
    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
  47. Profile photo of Zoto
    Zoto Male 18-29
    273 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 8:03 pm
    AMEN! I`m a grammar nut. What`s a degree in linguistics gonna do for you? But lol @ itsdrew.
  48. Profile photo of digganob
    digganob Male 30-39
    135 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 8:31 pm
    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.

  49. Profile photo of ThursdayLark
    ThursdayLark Female 18-29
    657 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 8:46 pm
    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. =/
  50. Profile photo of White_Wolfos
    White_Wolfos Female 18-29
    1145 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 8:59 pm
    That guy is is has a point there. :|
  51. Profile photo of LemonTarte
    LemonTarte Female 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 9:04 pm
    Who says "what the problem is" anyway? I always just say "the problem is that..."
  52. Profile photo of GreenDay1039
    GreenDay1039 Female 18-29
    110 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 9:20 pm
    Thank God I`m not the only one who acknowledges the use of incorrect grammar. :]
  53. Profile photo of HaruHaru
    HaruHaru Female 13-17
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    June 28, 2008 at 10:03 pm
    What the problem is is he looks high.
    I don`t trust high people.
  54. Profile photo of marencolleen
    marencolleen Female 18-29
    533 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 10:07 pm
    anal much?
  55. Profile photo of Panthergal09
    Panthergal09 Female 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 10:23 pm
    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.
  56. Profile photo of SuperJesus
    SuperJesus Male 13-17
    388 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 10:30 pm
    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.

  57. Profile photo of sinistergrin
    sinistergrin Male 18-29
    24 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 10:36 pm
    "what I want -shifty eyes- Root beer"

    that part had me cracking up

  58. Profile photo of Big_Gay_Nob
    Big_Gay_Nob Male 50-59
    678 posts
    June 28, 2008 at 10:59 pm
    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

  59. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2008 at 11:00 pm
    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

  60. Profile photo of goaliejerry
    goaliejerry Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2008 at 11:01 pm
    you is an it. Every undefined person is an it. So call it it.
  61. Profile photo of primetimekin
    primetimekin Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 11:12 pm
    What the problem is, is that this guy, is an ass.
  62. Profile photo of SilverThread
    SilverThread Male 30-39
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    June 28, 2008 at 11:16 pm
    I personally believe that U.S. Americans need grammatical lessons because most people don`t have grammar.
  63. Profile photo of AndroidMetro
    AndroidMetro Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 11:19 pm
    I would like to punch him.
  64. Profile photo of Zoto
    Zoto Male 18-29
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    June 28, 2008 at 11:25 pm
    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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    Hansbo Male 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 12:32 am
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    manorrd Male 30-39
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    June 29, 2008 at 1:00 am
    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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    benjbenj Male 30-39
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    June 29, 2008 at 1:20 am
    Another funny thing is people writing `have went`, `have ate`, `have took` etc. Why is the past participle so much frowned upon these days?
  68. Profile photo of apimpds
    apimpds Male 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 3:02 am
    This "is" hilarious!
  69. Profile photo of protgod
    protgod Male 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 3:30 am
    STOP INDUCING NIGHTMARES
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    Bananahammoc Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 4:05 am
    That guy had chronis red eye. I knew this was going to be a weed fuelled rant.
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    LtFurpie Male 30-39
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    June 29, 2008 at 5:25 am
    stoned or drunk steve is is!
  72. Profile photo of goregina
    goregina Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 6:42 am
    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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    shiggin Female 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 7:31 am
    LOOL the blocks spelled "wtf"
    Man im soo high today
  74. Profile photo of Turnshroud
    Turnshroud Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 8:02 am
    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

  75. Profile photo of MrVage
    MrVage Male 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 8:09 am
    @primetimekin

    You shouldn`t have commas in that sentence.

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

  76. Profile photo of muffledduck
    muffledduck Male 40-49
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    June 29, 2008 at 8:19 am
    It is what it is.
  77. Profile photo of xxclichkexx
    xxclichkexx Female 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 8:53 am
    Maddog, that`s exactly what he said. Smartass.
  78. Profile photo of freddyferret
    freddyferret Male 40-49
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    June 29, 2008 at 9:03 am
    All of that to make a political statement at the end. Meh.
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    Freelop Male 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 10:49 am
    i keep saying "that, that" which annoys me so i change it
  80. Profile photo of Turnshroud
    Turnshroud Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 12:10 pm
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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.



  81. Profile photo of Turnshroud
    Turnshroud Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 12:11 pm
    No wait...

    woudn`t link?

    The opther clause would then be , no...that`s independednt, it can stand on it`s own...

  82. Profile photo of davymid
    davymid Male 30-39
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    June 29, 2008 at 12:57 pm
    ^^ Turnshroud, take the gloves off, love. And it`s "its", not "it`s". You know, seeing as we`re discussing grammar and stuff.
  83. Profile photo of Turnshroud
    Turnshroud Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 1:52 pm
    ^You`re right
  84. Profile photo of Xerxes860
    Xerxes860 Male 30-39
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    June 29, 2008 at 2:54 pm
    that`s funny deaf woman:-|
  85. Profile photo of MYCHEMGIRL
    MYCHEMGIRL Female 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 3:43 pm
    i think hes just being nit-picky...
    along with the rest of you *cough*dainty*cough*
  86. Profile photo of Foob
    Foob Male 40-49
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    June 29, 2008 at 4:22 pm
    Brilliant linguistic observation. And a nice sense of proportion at the end.
  87. Profile photo of OCgirl4ever
    OCgirl4ever Female 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 4:31 pm
    "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!

  88. Profile photo of wake_n_bake
    wake_n_bake Male 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 4:48 pm
    he needs more sleep
  89. Profile photo of opiebreath
    opiebreath Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 5:20 pm
    Deaf`s got the right idea.
  90. Profile photo of violingirl77
    violingirl77 Female 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 6:09 pm
    What the problem is is that people are too stupid and lazy to understand.
  91. Profile photo of togetec
    togetec Male 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 9:39 pm
    the interesting this is is that i liked the song
  92. Profile photo of Bekll
    Bekll Female 18-29
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    June 29, 2008 at 9:51 pm
    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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    neveryours Female 13-17
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    June 29, 2008 at 10:17 pm
    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
  94. Profile photo of SoCal
    SoCal Male 18-29
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    June 30, 2008 at 1:16 am
    what the problem is is that this video is is retarded is is.
  95. Profile photo of catbarf
    catbarf Male 18-29
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    June 30, 2008 at 6:33 am
    "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.

  96. Profile photo of Gerbear
    Gerbear Female 18-29
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    June 30, 2008 at 6:50 am
    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
  97. Profile photo of tp12
    tp12 Male 13-17
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    June 30, 2008 at 11:10 am
    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.
  98. Profile photo of SillyChica
    SillyChica Female 13-17
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    June 30, 2008 at 1:28 pm
    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
  99. Profile photo of GVP
    GVP Female 18-29
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    June 30, 2008 at 4:35 pm
    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 >_<
  100. Profile photo of Yoma4
    Yoma4 Female 13-17
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    August 7, 2008 at 12:24 pm
    "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."
    -

    I`M!! Or I AM!

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