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2013-05-14 06:20:11 AM
6/10- that evidently makes me a grammar guru
 
2013-05-14 06:45:57 AM
1/2 and then I got bored.
 
2013-05-14 07:10:12 AM
Alright guys, their ain't no reason your not gonna have alot of fun doing this. Its rediculously easy. Its even funner than those grammer thing's they do on Facebook.
 
2013-05-14 07:23:36 AM

whistleridge: Alright guys, their ain't no reason your not gonna have alot of fun doing this. Its rediculously easy. Its even funner than those grammer thing's they do on Facebook.


fingernails. chalkboard.
 
2013-05-14 07:26:49 AM
6/10.  I believe that places me within the Grammar Hitler Jugend.
 
2013-05-14 07:28:09 AM
8/10 and a bit disappointed
 
2013-05-14 07:28:37 AM

whistleridge: Alright guys, their ain't no reason your not gonna have alot of fun doing this. Its rediculously easy. Its even funner than those grammer thing's they do on Facebook.


Ya butt irregardless its kinda innerestingly different than the every day stuff u see sumtimes.
 
2013-05-14 07:28:47 AM
Ten questions on grammer that may sort out the Fark Grammer Nazi's from the wannabe's

FTFY Subby
 
2013-05-14 07:30:52 AM
3.bp.blogspot.com
 
2013-05-14 07:31:28 AM
I missed one, therefore I quit. I can only Nazi if I can be perfect.
 
2013-05-14 07:33:01 AM
9/10. I don't care if Hilary is a man or woman.
 
GBB
2013-05-14 07:33:07 AM

whistleridge: Alright guys, their ain't no reason your not gonna have alot of fun doing this. Its rediculously easy. Its even funner than those grammer thing's they do on Facebook.


You shouldn't half to try so hard.
 
2013-05-14 07:33:36 AM
If you don't score at least 80% like me, than your an moran.
 
2013-05-14 07:33:39 AM

YoOjo: Ten question's on grammer that might sort out the Fark Grammer Nazi's from the wannabe's


FTFYoOjo
 
2013-05-14 07:34:59 AM
It should read "...might sort...", actually.

//pet peeve
 
2013-05-14 07:37:05 AM
9/10. Thanks, Hilary.
 
PRS
2013-05-14 07:37:05 AM
4/10. Then again, English is only my third language.
 
2013-05-14 07:37:40 AM
6/10...but I completely guessed two of those correct answers.

*hangs head in shame*
 
2013-05-14 07:37:53 AM
7/10. Who names their son Hilary?  Misplaced modifier and gerund, you can suck it also.
 
2013-05-14 07:38:05 AM
I started, missed one then went to make a sammich.

2/4
 
2013-05-14 07:38:22 AM
8/10 and it should have been at least 9 but I'm half awake.

/eats shoots and leaves
 
2013-05-14 07:40:04 AM
Got 8/10. Missed questions 2&3, neither of which I knew.
 
2013-05-14 07:41:20 AM
10/10, but I only knew Hilary's gender because I've seen that question before, and I still don't get how the answer makes any sense.
 
2013-05-14 07:42:12 AM
8/10 - I'm apparently quite good at guessing.
 
2013-05-14 07:46:09 AM
Could "I was sat in a chair" be grammatical if the form  of 'sitting' is the transitive one?
Eg:
(An adult talking about a time he was 3 years old)
"At the cottage, my parents had a choice of how to seat us three kids. There was an orange chair, a blue chair, a stool, and a bench. Sister got the bench. Big brother was forced to takethe stool. As for me, I was sat on a chair, the blue one".
Or should it be  "I was seated"?
 
2013-05-14 07:46:19 AM

texmeth: 7/10. Who names their son Hilary?  Misplaced modifier and gerund, you can suck it also.


People who name their other boys Lindsay, Tracy, and Vivian, i.e. 19th century colonialists in safari dress.

9/10
 
2013-05-14 07:46:26 AM

mesmer242: 9/10. I don't care if Hilary is a man or woman.


I had the same score and it appears I missed the same question. I suspect Hilary is some freakish British hermaphrodite, some hideous Glen or Glennda drinking tea and wearing a tail-coat on one half and a frilly gown on the other. Revolting.
 
2013-05-14 07:46:41 AM

lammy: 8/10 and a bit disappointed


Same here
 
2013-05-14 07:47:10 AM

Millennium: 10/10, but I only knew Hilary's gender because I've seen that question before, and I still don't get how the answer makes any sense.


Comma placement for restrictive and non-restrictive relative clauses. I've taught this material on two continents and the question is a bunch of malarkey anyway. Nobody cares about that guy's sissy brother.
 
2013-05-14 07:48:05 AM

AlanSmithee: Could "I was sat in a chair" be grammatical if the form  of 'sitting' is the transitive one?
Eg:
(An adult talking about a time he was 3 years old)
"At the cottage, my parents had a choice of how to seat us three kids. There was an orange chair, a blue chair, a stool, and a bench. Sister got the bench. Big brother was forced to takethe stool. As for me, I was sat on a chair, the blue one".
Or should it be  "I was seated"?


The correct form would be, "I was ensat upon yon chair, blue, both in hue and mood."
 
2013-05-14 07:48:27 AM
9/10 with English as a second language.
 
2013-05-14 07:49:11 AM

AngryJailhouseFistfark: AlanSmithee: Could "I was sat in a chair" be grammatical if the form  of 'sitting' is the transitive one?
Eg:
(An adult talking about a time he was 3 years old)
"At the cottage, my parents had a choice of how to seat us three kids. There was an orange chair, a blue chair, a stool, and a bench. Sister got the bench. Big brother was forced to takethe stool. As for me, I was sat on a chair, the blue one".
Or should it be  "I was seated"?

The correct form would be, "I was ensat upon yon chair, blue, both in hue and mood."


OH MOTHERfarkINGshiatASSGODDAMMIT!!! I screwed that up. Should be: "I was ensat upon yon chair, blue, both in hue and humour."
 
2013-05-14 07:50:00 AM
Hilary Putman:

Hupload.wikimedia.org
 
2013-05-14 07:50:10 AM

Millennium: 10/10, but I only knew Hilary's gender because I've seen that question before, and I still don't get how the answer makes any sense.


It implies there is another brother who does live in Madrid.
 
2013-05-14 07:50:36 AM
Of course, there are no rules for English.  Everything that follows is debatable.

Which is why arguing about grammar is stupid.  Grammar is supposed to describe how language is used by a group of people, if they start using it differently, the "rules" of grammar change.
 
2013-05-14 07:50:58 AM
Most of them had no punctuation at the end of the sentences, so most were incorrect.
 
2013-05-14 07:55:38 AM
I don't see what's so hard to understand about "my brother who doesn't" meaning there's another brother who does.
 
2013-05-14 07:56:03 AM
11/10. I awarded myself a point of extra credit for noting how many words were misspelled with an extra u in them.
 
2013-05-14 07:56:06 AM
6 I gotted right.


/ Him: "Where you at?"
// Her: "Don't end a sentence with a preposition."
/// Him: "Where you at, biatch?"
 
2013-05-14 07:56:12 AM

Millennium: 10/10, but I only knew Hilary's gender because I've seen that question before, and I still don't get how the answer makes any sense.


"my brother who doesn't" implies a brother who does
"my brother, who doesn't" doesn't

obvious when spoken
 
2013-05-14 07:58:27 AM

manimal2878: Grammar is supposed to describe how language is used by a group of people, if they start using it differently, the "rules" of grammar change.


This is why we need grammar Nazis to round up those deviants who refuse to obey the current rules, and to stuff them into ovens and burn them.
 
2013-05-14 07:59:33 AM

mesmer242: 9/10. I don't care if Hilary is a man or woman.


Ditto.
 
2013-05-14 07:59:54 AM

grokca: Most of them had no punctuation at the end of the sentences, so most were incorrect.


Oh look, we've got an Obersturmbannführer in the thread.
 
2013-05-14 07:59:59 AM

manimal2878: Of course, there are no rules for English.  Everything that follows is debatable.

Which is why arguing about grammar is stupid.  Grammar is supposed to describe how language is used by a group of people, if they start using it differently, the "rules" of grammar change.


It doesn't work that way for all languages, some become quite incomprehensible if you get your grammars wrong. English has a ridiculously flexible structure in comparison to most languages, which makes it easy to learn. As a result of that, it absorbs words from other languages very easily, which means the spelling of various sounds is wildly inconsistent, making it hard to learn. As a result of that absorption, it also has about twice the vocabulary of most languages, giving it shades of meaning a lot of languages find it hard to express. Not many make the distinction between house and home, for example.
The lack of flexibility in pronunciation or structure is also why Chinese will never become the dominant global language. Pronounce it badly, and innocent phrases like, "grass mud horse" turn into, "fark your mother". That is an actual example, which is why, as a result of the Chinese blogosphere, you can buy plush grass mud horses.
 
2013-05-14 08:00:03 AM
8/10. Missed Hilary and the Churchill quote. I've heard the Chuchill story before and the source said it was his protest against a prohibition on split infinitives.
 
2013-05-14 08:00:53 AM
9/10, fark you Hilary.
 
2013-05-14 08:01:36 AM
upload.wikimedia.org

doesn't live in Madrid
 
2013-05-14 08:10:06 AM
I'm barely awake, but where (other than in the answer key) does it say that a singular neighbor owns the garden?
 
2013-05-14 08:13:57 AM

Millennium: 10/10, but I only knew Hilary's gender because I've seen that question before, and I still don't get how the answer makes any sense.


Same score with the exact same reason and level of understanding.
 
2013-05-14 08:16:51 AM

propasaurus: I'm barely awake, but where (other than in the answer key) does it say that a singular neighbor owns the garden?


Yeah, I agree. Poorly worded.
 
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