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Jacob's grammar list

Discussion in 'Personal' started by smoothnewt, Jul 27, 2019.

  1. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

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  2. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    Thank goodness he's not in charge of education. Even Gove didn't suggest going back to Imperial measurements. Now how many pecks do make a bushel?
  3. colpee

    colpee Star commenter

    This is his latest advice:

  4. anotherauntsally

    anotherauntsally Lead commenter

    I was taught not to use a comma after ‘and’ and stuck to that religiously until recently when a post here persuaded me that there are times when using one does aid clarity (I also confess to using commas a bit too freely, though).
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  5. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    One of his banned phrases is "no longer fit for purpose". Perhaps he's worried it might be applied to himself.
  6. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Has the pomous overbearing nineteenth century gasbag got nothing better to do? Does he not understand that we are in the 21st century and that language evolves? I mean, like, I get Shakespeare, innit, but he is totes a plonker, LOL.
  7. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    I also use double spacing after a full stop but I've noticed on TES that the double spacing is removed when I post.
    SundaeTrifle and smoothnewt like this.
  8. lunarita

    lunarita Senior commenter

    This is what they call a dead cat.
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  9. Bedlam3

    Bedlam3 Star commenter

    Stuck up snob.
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  10. peter12171

    peter12171 Star commenter

    I wonder about his thinking on this. If the writer is adding information after the and, which is not uncommon, then a comma at that point is correct. I wonder if he actually means before the and, but as an Oxford man he should be in favour of the ‘Oxford comma’.

    Most of his style guide is only good grammar, along with a desire to avoid cliches. He should, however, be focussed on more important things.
    monicabilongame likes this.
  11. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Don't you mean "cattus mortuus est"? (For the Mogg-one.)
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  12. Ivartheboneless

    Ivartheboneless Star commenter

    Is he going to clamp down on statistics and mathematics use by the government for them to use those correctly. HMG has not used percentages correctly for years. (Mind you his own party's figures do not add up!)
  13. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Apologies. That was my mistake. I should have posted "comma before and", which is what is stated on his list.
  14. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    As for the Rees-Moggian rules below, I think it's been quite a while since I last received a letter addressed to me with "Esq." printed after my name. And why is "Mr" proscribed when "Miss" and "Ms" are permitted?
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  15. gainly

    gainly Lead commenter

    The calculations are going to be much more difficult using Roman numerals.
  16. Dodros

    Dodros Star commenter

    Oh, and I was brought up to believe that "full stop" was written as two words.
  17. magic surf bus

    magic surf bus Star commenter

    I understand he'll be upgrading The House's information technology too:

  18. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    Actually, the list does stipulate no comma after “and”, which is something I would not normally do. Why would you? I had instinctively interpreted it as “no comma before and”, which I do feel sometimes adds clarity.
    peter12171 likes this.
  19. smoothnewt

    smoothnewt Star commenter

    How about:
    We went to the coast and, in spite of the best efforts of the weather to spoil our day, we had a good time.

    The comma after “and” sits well, I feel.
  20. lanokia

    lanokia Star commenter

    I disagree with the Imperial measurements bit...

    No issue with anything else.
    JL48 likes this.

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