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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Thu, Jun. 2nd, 2005 09:44 pm
Grammarrific

I before E except after C (in digraphs), or when the word sounds like "neighbor" or "weigh."  (Exceptions)
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The expression is "Hear, hear!"  As shorthand for, "I hear what you are saying, and I agree with you."  It is not a reference to location, and therefore should not be "Here, here!"
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to
too

its
it's

your
you're
multiple usages
Usually another word for "also" or "in addition" (see other usages)

Possessive form of the pronoun it.
Contraction of it is or it has.

Possessive form of the pronoun you, used as a modifier
Contraction of you are.
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In the present tense, "lay" is a transitive verb, meaning it takes a direct object: you lay something down.  "Lie" doesn't take a direct object: something just lies there.  If you're tired of holding something, you should lay it down; if you're not feeling well, you should lie down. (See more)


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http://www.livejournal.com/support/faqbrowse.bml?faqid=75

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hellokitty138
hellokitty138
hellokitty138
Fri, Jun. 3rd, 2005 04:23 am (UTC)

I have to think a lot about lay and lie. The others are not a problem for me. Dr. CPM, my German teacher, would be so annoyed when she'd have to teach people English grammar before she could teach the German. She was all like, "What is the matter with your high schools?! You should already know this!" I can see where that would be frustrating. And I still can't use lay/lie or liegen/legen properly all the time.


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squealnakedcatj
squealnakedcatj
squealnakedcatj
Thu, Jun. 23rd, 2005 09:16 pm (UTC)
Liegen/Legen

Steve, I agree with kitty. I rolled my eyes at most of these "helpful hints," especially the contractions, but I do get lay and lie confused.

Ain't you gonna address swim/swam/swum? Or what about beginning a sentence with "or"? And what about starting with "and?" (Also, I know we've previosly discussed the usage preferences rather than hard and fast rules governing the placement of the question mark or other sentence-ending punctuation within the quote, versus outside of it.)

Am I total loser or what, since I really enjoy discussing this stuff? Next time I go to the store, I'm gonna have to ask them to put my pop in a sack ;)


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spk1121
spk1121
Steve K
Thu, Jun. 23rd, 2005 09:29 pm (UTC)
Re: Liegen/Legen

I rolled my eyes at most of these "helpful hints," especially the contractions, but I do get lay and lie confused.
I posted this at this time because I was coming across a lot of errors, especially related to contractions. I also think those shouldn't be that difficult, but I thought maybe people could use a refresher.

Next time I go to the store, I'm gonna have to ask them to put my pop in a sack ;)
AAAAAAAAAAAHHHHHHHHHHHHH!!!!!!!!! *runs away, vomits profusely*


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