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    rant mode on:

    Did I miss something? Have the use of these 2 words interchanged with each other?

    I see it all the time on forum posts and not just from one area of the Country and not just here, but everywhere.

    for example:

    "I have one for sell" should be sale

    or

    "I want to sale mine." should be sell

    Do people really not hear how odd that sounds?

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    dude i'm with you on that one! its so simple, yet to some people its so complex! lol i mean SRSLY! one is a noun and the other a verb. two totally different words!

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    Don't even get me started on "to," "two," and "too"

    Its rediculous sometimes... Really not that hard to remember the different meanings of the words.

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    Quote Originally Posted by YFZsandrider View Post
    Don't even get me started on "to," "two," and "too"

    Its rediculous sometimes... Really not that hard to remember the different meanings of the words.
    Since we're on grammatical errors on the forum, I have to say YFZ, rediculous?

    ridicuous

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    I am right there with you. Also there their are big ones for me. But the worst is "your" instead of "you're" that kills me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by rccola712 View Post
    Since we're on grammatical errors on the forum, I have to say YFZ, rediculous?

    ridicuous
    oh... yeah, your rite.

    must be becuase the 'e' and the 'i' are right next to each other on the keyb.... oh, wait.

    Well, that's a spelling mistake, anyway... not a grammatical error

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    The one that gets me is the mix up with "then" and "than".

    Oh yeah, the mag vs. clip annoys me the most.

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    Let's not forget their, there, and they're.

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    effect, affect...

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    On one of my rifle forums it must be against the law to use the term "brake" to describe a recoil/blast reducing device attached to the end of a rifle barrel! Every !**&$^&$& on there uses "break". Makes me think they must all be from Gaston County! lol

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    Having flashbacks to English class.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bruce333 View Post
    rant mode on:

    Did I miss something? Have the use of these 2 words interchanged with each other?

    I see it all the time on forum posts and not just from one area of the Country and not just here, but everywhere.

    for example:

    "I have one for sell" should be sale

    or

    "I want to sale mine." should be sell

    Do people really not hear how odd that sounds?

    ...How 'bout if I want to sale my boat?

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    Quote Originally Posted by tropicmaster View Post
    On one of my rifle forums it must be against the law to use the term "brake" to describe a recoil/blast reducing device attached to the end of a rifle barrel! Every !**&$^&$& on there uses "break". Makes me think they must all be from Gaston County! lol
    I've noticed a lot of people will talk about brake in of there guns.

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    ...Not to mention the famous muzzle break.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    ...Not to mention the famous muzzle break.
    Thats what I mean! Every one of them use what you said. Grrrrrr

    Makes me want to break a muzzle brake over their head!

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    My big one, which comes out this time of the year in the north... SLEDDING. how the !@## DO YOU GET A VERB OUT OF A NOUN. Yes I use Sliding or sleigh riding, everyone i know looks at me like i have @ heads on my shoulders, but hey, my mom was a remedial reading and math teacher.

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    I try but I know I make mistakes especially if there's alcohol involved.

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    Quote Originally Posted by niadhf View Post
    My big one, which comes out this time of the year in the north... SLEDDING. how the !@## DO YOU GET A VERB OUT OF A NOUN. Yes I use Sliding or sleigh riding, everyone i know looks at me like i have @ heads on my shoulders, but hey, my mom was a remedial reading and math teacher.
    You're right: It should be "sled riding," or something like that.

    However, "sledding" isn't a verb. It's a noun.
    Speaking very exactly, it's a gerund, which is a noun formed from a verb by adding "ing." This is perfectly proper usage in English.
    But most probably the verb "to sled" is a very old back formation from the noun "sled."
    (A "back formation" is something that never existed before—and shouldn't exist now—made by taking a proper usage and, by seeming to go back in time, using it improperly in another way. For instance, one might believe that the pseudo-verb "to sled" came before the noun "sled.")

    My bugaboo in this matter is "parenting," from the pseudo-verb "to parent."
    This back formation results from assuming that the noun "parent" comes from the non-existent verb (actually a verb phrase) "to be a parent."
    I believe that people who "parent" are incapable of being parents.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Steve M1911A1 View Post
    You're right: It should be "sled riding," or something like that.

    However, "sledding" isn't a verb. It's a noun.
    Speaking very exactly, it's a gerund, which is a noun formed from a verb by adding "ing." This is perfectly proper usage in English.
    But most probably the verb "to sled" is a very old back formation from the noun "sled."
    (A "back formation" is something that never existed before—and shouldn't exist now—made by taking a proper usage and, by seeming to go back in time, using it improperly in another way. For instance, one might believe that the pseudo-verb "to sled" came before the noun "sled.")

    My bugaboo in this matter is "parenting," from the pseudo-verb "to parent."
    This back formation results from assuming that the noun "parent" comes from the non-existent verb (actually a verb phrase) "to be a parent."
    I believe that people who "parent" are incapable of being parents.

    then

    I hated English studies.

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    While we're here in English class, I've never understood the use of "an" with "historic"; is there a problem with the more common "a historic"?

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