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The Chicago Manual of Style calls for a final comma, e.g., "a, b, and c." However, the Associated Press Stylebook does not, e.g., "a, b and c."
I prefer to use the final comma because 1) I don`t write for a newspaper, and 2) it makes the sentence more clear, especially when there are compound elements in the list, e.g., "profit and loss," or "shipping and receiving." The AP form, though, is technically correct.
another grammatical error is the lack of commas in lists. in a list, even the last item before the "and" gets a comma.
Also did anyone else find it funny that they spelled baloney wrong? It`s bologna."
well Mr "Journalism Major" maybe you should realise the difference between slang terms and food. (if you do not agree check the wiki page redirect from balogna)
btw I read the comments also.
Then you havn`t seen many teens or adults writing things by hand. Start reading them, and make sure you look for the errors. You may find yourself a little surprised when you start meeting new people.
Also did anyone else find it funny that they spelled baloney wrong? It`s bologna.
GF America, I`m leaving.
That`s fine, but it doesn`t change the fact that you look like a retard when you misspell words you learned in elementary school. Like I always like to say...I`m not a grammar nazi, I`m a basic second grade spelling nazi.
btw, this is junior high maybe freshman year english maybe even some elemenary; many people need to go over these rules in college as well which shows how much people pay attention in high school.
might as well throw in which and witch or blue and blew...
I just giggled.
We need a better list.
*quietly celebrates* =3
My spelling is terrible... Thankfully I have spell check.
As for grammar and the proper usage of possessive vs. contracted apostrophes, come on guys, it really isn`t that hard.
@readme08, strength of language actually does indicate intelligence to a large extent. You may have some of the most revolutionary ideas, but if you can not explain them properly, you might as well never have had them. Also, even if you are strong in math, you will still need to know how to write properly for practical application. There are not very many career fields in which you won`t have to write.
If you are over the age of 13, you should not be making these mistakes.
I believe you meant to say "...the basics now and then!"
Still congratulating us? :-P
Perhaps this post should be renamed "Eight spelling mistakes that will make you look like an uneducated fool."
(1) a teenager who uses terminologies such as "u" for the word "you"
well if i come up with some other possible explanation i`ll let you know.
ignorance blows XD
There are so many talking marks and commas in this comment section my brain xD
seriously look at all the people bothering here to finsih with a full stop compared to other comment sections
Wow! Your kid must be a genius! My 5 year old is learning her letters and how to spell her name and your kid is already dabbling in grammar?!
One that is not on the list I see a lot:then and than
Also "it`s" doesn`t represent possession.
If it helps, think of it any of these ways:1) Its is its own word. It`s its own word. It`s not it is, it`s its.
2) It`s is only used when it could be replaced with "it is". If the sentence stops making sense if you replace it with it is, it should be its.
Example: "That`s it`s mommy" is wrong because you can`t say "That`s it is mommy".
3) He, She, It. His, her its. Its is a word on its own like his or her. "His bike" "Her bike" "Its bike". Not "Hi`s bike" "Her`s bike" or "It`s bike".
Also, I still screw it up occasionally.... okay alot. ;)
I give up. My kids are screwed.
A-frikken-men bro! It`s not hard to work out people. "I have a small penis" "How small is it?" "It is so small, it COULDN`T be any smaller". "Wow, that`s the smallest possible size!"
When you say "I COULD care less", you`re saying that you have SOME interest in that thing, that your interest level is NOT zero. Just THINK.
That`s called having a different accent.
Peace and love
Does that mean I`m not smart, since it`s smart people who make those mistakes?
Oooh that`s another one. Except and accept.
Also, "I could care less" REALLY irritates me. It means the opposite of what the speaker wants it to mean.
There are so many people out there who make these mistakes daily. The thing that really gets me is that most of them have graduated high school. How, HOW can teachers justify a passing grade to someone who doesn`t know basic (and I mean elementary school basic) spelling and grammar? If I had turned in a paper full of the said common mistakes there is no way in hell I would have passed.
Seeing as this is a spelling topic, I thought I would point out the correct spelling......apostrophe.
Another one that bugs me is spelt and spelled, you can not have spelt something, you could have only spelled something.
Christ on a bike, that gets right on my tits. It`s "couldn`t care less". COULDN`T, FFS!
I`m assuming people with much bigger fish to fry make mistakes here and there because grammar and spelling errors aren`t at the top of their list of priorities.
As well as people using the word `addicting`. Addicting? Wtf?
Get your pretentious ass the f*ck out of here. I was expecting some non-obvious errors.
Frick... I always thought it was spelled "judgement"Good call.
Try "guerrilla", "accidentally", and "judgment" for words that are commonly misspelled, even by intelligent people.
I have a degree in news writing and editing journalism. I`m allowed to be a snob.
Oh God... please tell me you meant to do that. If not, it`s hilarious.
Sweet, I never make those mistakes :-)
its a hard job.
You`re kidding! You`re all "losing it" over some mistakes which are made by a lot of smart people. It`s not such a big deal!
I assume you were deliberately playing dumb to make a point - 10+ mistakes is not a bad score!
My pet peeve is when people use adjectives instead of adverbs. Like if a football announcer talks about a player who "plays aggressive" I shout back at the TV "plays aggressively!"
It makes me really mad when people tell my little kid that he "did good" - they`re teaching him poor grammar and it is going to sound correct to him if he gets used to it. He "did well!"
I think you mean "irregardless". Nothing wrong with irrational...
It`s not like it is difficult to remember.
It said, "Your on camera."
I wanted to be like, "I DON`T HAVE AN `ON CAMERA, SO F*CK YOU VERY MUCH." But instead I just scoffed and walked away...
I felt it was appropriate.