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Old 06-04-2014, 03:58 PM   #41
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They're not that hard, I don't know what to think of the people who get it wrong, maybe English was not their first language, perhaps their home country is over there, across the ocean?

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No! English is not my mother tongue, and I've got my "it's" and "its" figured out long ago and remembered since the age of 12 (and English was not even the first foreign language I learned, or made to learn). And the people who get it wrong are native English speakers. As I said, I have noticed this in nearly every blog I have read on the Web. This includes blogs written by Americans, Canucks, and Brits. And many wrote better and more eloquently than I ever could. Hence, I just do not get it. Its is just a three-letter word!

Hmm... Just remember the Aussies and the Kiwis. I will look for their blogs and report on them later.
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I tell ya English is a weird language. As foreigner had a hard enough time figuring out that anything with 's meant some form of possessive. Then there are all these exceptions.

Let's learn Esperanto insead.
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Reminds me of the Dilbert carton - something along the lines of Dilbert quoting form the company report about how they have exceptional employees, and this is the key to their success. But Dilbert points out that at salary time, they say that their pay is 'competitive' with other companies. Shouldn't they be paying 'exceptional' salaries for all these exceptional people?

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I remember one of Jack Welch's (well-known former CEO of GE) management methods is to classify employees and fire the bottom 10% or so every year. Ranking employees is what all businesses do, but they usually use that list only when the economy is bad and layoffs become necessary.

I wonder if GE's salaries are above normal, or if that practice is still in effect.
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I had an friend who was an English teacher. He wanted to buy a used car for his son who was going to college. But, he refused to even call anybody who wrote that his car
"runs good".
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That is way too much pressure. We have 10 managers here and everyone is human. We really try our best, but everyone makes mistakes sometimes. I am the director and while it's frustrating to fix mistakes, I think you have to cut people some slack from time to time, so they will be willing to pitch in and help you when you need it.
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I tell ya English is a weird language. As foreigner had a hard enough time figuring out that anything with 's meant some form of possessive. Then there are all these exceptions.

Let's learn Esperanto insead.

Nonsense! Now please excuse me while I go drive my car on the parkway and then park it in the driveway.
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I tell ya English is a weird language. As foreigner had a hard enough time figuring out that anything with 's meant some form of possessive. Then there are all these exceptions.

Let's learn Esperanto instead.
English is, IMO, plenty hard for those of us who learned it as our first language.

I find that some who speak it as a second language are actually better at some of these rules than I am. I can rely on what 'sounds right' to me, they have to know the rules, because they don't really have that built in filter from decades of using the language.

I became totally disenchanted with Esperanto, when I learned that their word for 'antonym' is not spelled backwards from 'synonym'. What a lost opportunity to make it easy to remember!

I've read that there is no synonym for the word "synonym".

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I remember one of Jack Welch's (well-known former CEO of GE) management methods is to classify employees and fire the bottom 10% or so every year. Ranking employees is what all businesses do, but they usually use that list only when the economy is bad and layoffs become necessary.

I wonder if GE's salaries are above normal, or if that practice is still in effect.
We adopted Welch's system at MegaMotors and it lasted exactly two years. It was a disaster. And don't get me started on Welch's personal corporate kleptomania.
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I only knew a little bit about Welch, but I will say that I was not impressed.

And I am not going to ask you to chill out.
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Nonsense! Now please excuse me while I go drive my car on the parkway and then park it in the driveway.

And why do they call them buildings? Shouldn't they be "builts"?

And why does the alarm "go off"? Doesn't it "come on"?
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... and the plural of "mouse" is "mice"

... so why is not the plural of "house", "hice"?

Native (American) English speaker/writer hear and it makes no sense to me either.
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Go for it. I think you'll have a hard time surpassing the medical community.
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Surely, English has some quirks, but the same is true with French. Verb conjugating is tougher in French, plus you have to remember the sex of the words. For example, the word retirement is feminine, while the word travel is masculine. You need to know the sex of a word to use the matching article or adjective.

That applies to all words. How the hell would you know if the French consider Alaska masculine or feminine? Or the word America?

The first is masculine, while the second is feminine.
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That applies to all words. How the hell would you know if the French consider Alaska masculine or feminine? Or the word America?

The first is masculine, while the second is feminine.
States and countries have genders? How are those determined?
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1) Yes. All words, even those describing abstract concepts and ideas, must be either masculine or feminine. There's no neutral. Love is masculine, but friendship is feminine.

2) You don't! You have to ask a French about the gender of a word. Do the French all agree? I would hope so. Perhaps a French native speaker can explain.
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I believe that the Italian word for 'dress' is masculine.



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What's the most feminine US state? I say Vermont.
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