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Klepted from ashtur You are a GRAMMAR GOD! If your mission… - The Phantom Librarian
Spewing out too many words since November 2003
Klepted from ashtur
Grammar God!
You are a GRAMMAR GOD!

If your mission in life is not already to
preserve the English tongue, it should be.
Congratulations and thank you!

How grammatically sound are you?
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Hey! I got the lay/lie thing right! In all the tenses! Yay, me.

And heaven bless the quizmaker--s/he remembered to put one on about the possessive pronoun properly following the subject noun "Everybody." (My favorite pet peeve, grammatically speaking.)

I feel a bit...: pleased pleased
Soundtrack: Landlady's grandkids playing outside my window

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malabud From: malabud Date: May 9th, 2004 12:46 pm (UTC) (Link)
Hey, you got the same result I did! Of course, I haven't posted it in my journal since I'm lazy that way. I knew there was a reason I liked your stories: they're all grammatically correct! Well, it's also possible your characters are interesting and realistic and your plots are well-developed and intriguing, but that's all secondary to the grammar. But you know this, for you are a grammar god! (Heh.)
volandum From: volandum Date: May 9th, 2004 02:36 pm (UTC) (Link)
Indeed; I too received that result. I do note, however, that in your last sentence you may have misused a possessive. No, my noting was incorrect. I would, however, have used "had been" instead of "were" in that conditional clause.
myf From: myf Date: May 9th, 2004 03:45 pm (UTC) (Link)
It may just be because I only scored Master status, but I didn't like that test. Too many questions with more than one answer. I believe that either Chris's or Chris' is correct - either that, or my education so far has been a farce.

And woe betide anyone who thinks that splitting infinitives is a sign of bad grammar! Nothing wrong with splitting infinitives, we're not speaking Latin here. Personally, I make a point of splitting infinitives all over the place, just to make a point. It's really a case of a half-arsed rule being made gospel just through repetition.
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 9th, 2004 03:54 pm (UTC) (Link)
I think the thing is that you're supposed to demonstrate knowledge of the rule...

As to Chris' vs. Chris's, I'm guessing the quizmaker is a Strunk and White fan.
myf From: myf Date: May 9th, 2004 06:21 pm (UTC) (Link)
I see what you mean, but my rebellious streak tells me not to propagate such a pointless rule. So I answered 'to boldly go' in stark defiance, knowing I would lose marks. Same with Chris'.

Strunk and White? Who?
fernwithy From: fernwithy Date: May 9th, 2004 06:41 pm (UTC) (Link)
E.B. White and... somebody or other Strunk. The Elements of Style, otherwise known as "that little gray book my English teacher told me to get." It's all for making things simple--Chris's as opposed to Chris', don't use unnecessary words (Eschew surplusage, as the book puts it), etc.
volandum From: volandum Date: May 10th, 2004 11:10 am (UTC) (Link)
I'd like to see you split infinitives in Latin. Last I checked, it was practically impossible ... ah, but it is quite possible and in fact relatively common practice.
matril From: matril Date: May 10th, 2004 07:38 am (UTC) (Link)
Humph. I'm more concerned with descriptive grammar than prescriptive grammar - ie, how do people actually talk and make themselves clearly understood, not what rules have been arbitrality applied to English with no concern for actual usage. People don't need to be taught a language they've been fluent in since age three. Oh, don't get me wrong - I passed the quiz easily. I know the rules, but I "break" them when I disagree with what they call "correct." Like splitting infintives, as others have mentioned. That has never been a practiced rule in English; some stuffy grammarians borrowed it from Latin because they had some ridiculous idea that all languages ought to be patterned after Latin. Hogwash. English and Latin come from two entirely different language families. You can't split infintives in Latin because they're only one word! Why shove that rule onto English, whose two-word infinitives allow the wonderful variety of inserting words between the two parts?

Whew! Pardon me for slipping into full-fledged linguist mode. I despise poor grammar just as much as any self-respecting writer...I just define it differently. :)
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