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Old 8th July 2014, 21:16   #2101
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.... is what they do at see too. ...
There are age limitations in the use of the English language.
There are certain mistakes that are simply not permitted past a certain age!
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Another American expression that left me puzzled was 'he is based out of Hyderabad' . When I heard it first, my immediate reaction was 'hey, he is indeed based at Hyderabad, not out of it'!
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Oh, I see! Sea! Right! [Blush]

I'm all at sea.

(I blame the keyboard )

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There are certain mistakes that are simply not permitted past a certain age!
We could discuss that if we meat. Perhaps over a sweat!

Look, ea/ee is difficult!

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We could discuss that if we meat. Perhaps over a sweat!
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Ha ha, a lot can be overlooked if we can meat for a wee drop!
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I am shocked to see the number of members on this forum who spell 'brakes' as 'breaks'.
Me shocked as well. I am seeing more instances nowadays!
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I'm shocked that I do it!

Taking a brake...

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"On the same boat" vs "in the same boat".
It's all over the forum.
I suppose it does make a difference, even though nobody's underwater.
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I guess they get confused between "On the same page" vs "in the same boat"
Although, I don't know how anyone can confuse the two!
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Word crimes? That was a music crime!

Most of what is wrong is because people do not think about what they write.

Being in or on the same boat might be a little tough, because both make sense, and, if the boat is big enough, one might be on it. So thinking, for that one, might not help: only actually knowing the correct English-language saying helps.

But will people who think that that they could care less, please think about what that means? Sadly, though, I think it has become an accepted idiom in American English, so it is a lost cause.
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"On the same boat" vs "in the same boat".
It's all over the forum.
I suppose it does make a difference, even though nobody's underwater.
'nobody's underwater'? It's confusing.
Did you mean 'nobody is under water?'
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'nobody's underwater'? It's confusing.
Did you mean 'nobody is under water?'
Pefectly valid usage. The apostrophe S is used to abbreviate is or has, as in "Johny's a good boy" or "Mayank's done a good job".
Also "underwater" is one word.
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Pefectly valid usage. The apostrophe S is used to abbreviate is or has, as in "Johny's a good boy" or "Mayank's done a good job".
Also "underwater" is one word.
Thanks.
I know it's is used for it is etc.But this created confusion for me.

Johny's a good boy = Johny is a good boy. No confusion.

But if i write "Johny's good boy" (without the 'a') does it mean
a) Johny is good boy (saying Johny is good)
b) Johny's good boy (Johny has a boy who is good and we are talking about him)

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Thanks.
I know it's is used for it is etc.But this created confusion for me.

Johny's a good boy = Johny is a good boy. No confusion.

But if i write "Johny's good boy" (without the 'a') does it mean
a) Johny is good boy (saying Johny is good)
b) Johny's good boy (Johny has a boy who is good and we are talking about him)
Option "a" is incorrect English, and if you interpret "Johny's good boy" as that, you will get zero marks.
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Thanks.

But if i write "Johny's good boy" (without the 'a') does it mean
a) Johny is good boy (saying Johny is good)
b) Johny's good boy (Johny has a boy who is good and we are talking about him)
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Option "a" is incorrect English, and if you interpret "Johny's good boy" as that, you will get zero marks.
Yes, option A is plain wrong. English is one of those languages where dropping an article can cause the meaning of a sentence to change drastically:

e.g.
1. Few people appreciate my music.
2. A few people appreciate my music.

The sense of (1) is that NOBODY digs my stuff: I must be terrible!
Whereas (2) implies that there are a discerning few who get what I dish out.

"Johny's good boy" (option B in your example) sounds like a derisive usage, as in "Oh that Mayankk; he'll always be Johny's good boy!"

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