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This game has the following rules:
1. Post a statement or paragraph that is grammatically incorrect in one or several ways.
2. Let someone figure out its errors.
3. Alternatively, post the error(s) yourself.
4. If there are arguments, get ready to cite a source.
5. Serial commas and sentences ending in prepositions aren't wrong, just for the sake of diminishing arguments.
6. Incorrect punctuation counts as an error.
7. Have fun! With grammar?


I doubt that this is going to be exceedingly (fixed; kudos to The Stew Boy) popular. But let me start:

quote:
I know the man that invented the cucumber.

quote:

The attorney generals stayed in the finer of Connecticut's and Massachusett’s hotels.

I've added quotes to make the sentences stand out more.

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01-15-2006 at 10:36 PM
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Firstly, its exceedingly popular, not exceeding popular.

Secondly, I know the man who invented the cucumber.

Ain't got no idea about them generals...
01-15-2006 at 11:10 PM
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Are you sure that "firstly" is a word? But joking aside, thanks for catching that. I'm usually pickier about adj/adv mix-ups...

Wait, what am I saying? It was counter-intuitive! I was using Socratic irony!

Feel free post your own sentences, even if the previous ones have not been solved.

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01-15-2006 at 11:32 PM
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If I was king, I would fix this country in a snap.


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01-16-2006 at 02:12 AM
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For swivel's 2nd quote: The correct plural for "attorney general" is "attorneys general." They're not generals, they're attorneys. Also, to form the possessive for "Massachusetts" you add "apostrophe s" just like you would for any other singular noun, even if you think that "Massachusetts's" looks funny. Even with these corrections, the sentence seems to indicate that Connecticut and Massachusetts each have a single hotel, and that the attorneys general stayed in the finer of the two. I think the preferred solution would be to use "finest" instead of "finer" and to omit the "apostrophe s" from "Connecticut's" to indicate joint possession. I think that is what the sentence means to say: that out of all the hotels in either state, they stayed in the finest. Thus, I correct the sentence to
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or possibly
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For Chaco's quote: For the past subjunctive mood in English (used when setting up a hypothetical state), you only need to know one verb. Use "were" for all combinations of person, number, and gender. So change the sentence to
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unless there are further errors....

Here's one for you to consider
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I are the square root of 1.
(This has at least two very different corrections!)

Edit-Oh, I just noticed. I'm pretty sure the cucumber was discovered, not invented ;)

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Well, there are the mathematical corrections:

"i is the square root of minus 1" (although a preferred correction would be "i squared is minus 1" because that is how it is defined).

Alternatively, "1 is the square root of 1".

You may even prefer "I am the square root of one." Grammatically sound, although it makes no sense...

Now here's one:
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Fred lost twenty matches in the 1960's, despite him being the world number one.


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Fred lost twenty matches in the 1960's, despite him being the world number one.

I don't think there should be an apostrophe in "1960's", though I could be wrong. Also, "despite him being the world number one" sounds a bit off, etc. Suggested correction:
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For some reason, that really hit my funny bone. :lol
I sure hope I didn't completely miss the point. ;) Anyway, here's my sentence.

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A honorable judge made a poor sentence's today.

01-18-2006 at 08:10 PM
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Well, typically, you use an instead of a when the first letter of the next word is a vowel. Most people extend this rule to words that start with a vowel sound (such as honerable - you don't pronounce the h... or at least I don't). Although its a bit awkward, I guess you could interpret the rest of this sentence like Dirty Harry's line "Go ahead, make my day."
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Or maybe:
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This sentence I heard while out one day:

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Where's you all going for dinner at?



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perhaps you would prefer:

Whence dineth thou this night?

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Ah, but "whence" means "from where" or "from which place" so doesn't work in the sentence you propose.

"Time fly's like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."
01-18-2006 at 10:40 PM
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quote:
Chris wrote:
"Time fly's like an arrow; fruit flies like a banana."

Ah, my friend, time flies! I don't trust anything that fly's.

quote:
He lays down whenever he feels as though he's flying.


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01-20-2006 at 05:28 PM
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"He lay down whenever he felt as though he was flying."

or

"He lies down whenever he feels as though he is flying."

or

"He lays down his head whenever he feels as though he is flying."

but not

"He lays down".

I wouldnt of known this if I hadn't of payed so much attention in skool.
01-20-2006 at 07:01 PM
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Chris wrote:
"He lay down whenever he felt as though he was flying."

Actually, it should be "as though he were flying". Subjunctive and all that.


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