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    I am not afraid of death threats, but I am appalled that so many people are capable of so much wrong spelling and fractured grammar!

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    I couldn't possibly have sex with someone with such a slender grasp on grammar!

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    I really like grammar. And spelling. I was a spelling-bee kid. I'm hard-core about grammar.

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    I never made a mistake in grammar but one in my life and as soon as I done it I seen it.

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    I suppose you could switch grammars once you've seen 'use strict subs'.

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    I studied at a grammar school and later at the University of Vienna in the Faculty of Medicine.

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    It is possible to produce something that is grammatical either by chance or under the supervision of another. To be proficient in grammar, then, one must both produce what is grammatical and produce it grammatically, that is, in accord with knowledge of grammar in oneself.

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    people who understand grammar always have a keen sense of the ridiculous.

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    Not meddling with Divinity, Metaphysicks, Moralls, Politicks, Grammar, Rhetorick, or Logick.

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    I write in the most distressingly slow way in terms of punctuation and grammar.

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    Mr Robert Montgomery's genius [is] far too free and aspiring to be shackled by the rules of syntax? [His] readers must take such grammar as they can get and be thankful.

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    Once the grammar has been learned, writing is simply talking on paper and in time learning what not to say.

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    Proverbs, words, and grammar inflections convey the public sense with more purity and precision, than the wisest individual.

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    photographs alter and enlarge our notions of what is worth looking at and what we have a right to observe. They are a grammar and, even more importantly, an ethics of seeing.

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    Plurality of languages: [...] It is crucial 1. that there are many languages and that they differ not only in vocabulary, but also in grammar, and so in mode of thought and 2. that all languages are learnable.

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    Quite naturally, scholars assumed that Latin grammar was not merely Latin grammar, but that it was grammar itself. They borrowed it and made the most of it.

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    The rules of grammar exist in large part to permit readers and writers to operate from a shared set of expectations.

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    Social criticism begins with grammar and the re-establishing of meanings.

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    Speakers who have grown up in the American community unconsciously know its rules about taking turns in conversations-in the same way that they know the rules of grammar and the rules about appropriate speech in various situations.

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    Statistics is the grammar of science.

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    The grammar of a language is simply the way it combines smaller elements (such as words) into larger elements (such as sentences).

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    The Hindus have cultivated the power of analysis and abstraction. No nation has yet produced a grammar like that of Panini.

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    There is a satisfactory boniness about grammar which the flesh of sheer vocabulary requires before it can become a vertebrate and walk the earth.

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    The rules of grammar are mere human statutes, which is why when he speaks out of the possessed the Devil himself speaks bad Latin.

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    The syntactic component of a grammar must specify, for each sentence, a deep structure that determines its semantic interpretationand a surface structure that determines its phonetic interpretation.

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    Those who think that metaphysics is just misunderstood grammar will react to my giving metaphysics some place or another in the system of knowledge.

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    When I split an infinitive, God damn it, I split it so it stays split.

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    Thou hast most traitorously corrupted the youth of the realm in erecting a grammar school.

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    We hurt most who we love the most. Bad grammar, painful truth.

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    Your grammar is a reflection of your image. Good or bad, you have made an impression. And like all impressions, you are in total control.

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    Why are they going to disappear him?' I don't know.' It doesn't make sense. It isn't even good grammar.

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    And the stains would never wash out. That's what Lukas was saying. She would always have hurt her father. Was that the way to phrase it? Always have had. It was immortal tense. A new rule of grammar.

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    A man's grammar, like Caesar's wife, should not only be pure, but above suspicion of impurity.

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    Although I don't use it nearly so much anymore, I've decided, five years down the line, that Mr. Treadstone's verdict on 'kind of' was kind of unjust. Obviously, this phrase can be redundant or reductive, or just plain stupid in some sentences, but not in all sentences. I wouldn't, for example, use a sentence like 'Antarctica is kind of cold', or 'Hitler was kind of evil'. But sometimes, things aren't black and white. And sometimes 'kind of' expresses this better than any other phrase. For example, when I tell you that my mother was kind of peculiar, I can think of no better way of putting this.

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    Books in the YA genre, in particular, should use proper grammar because they're more of an example to young people than adults books are.

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    An imperfect creative expression is much more sensible and creative than a grammatically perfect expression without an iota of sense and value in it.

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    Being skilled in Catsism is like being a ninja only deadlier and not so silent. The only bad thing is the sickening grammar you have to use.

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    Apparently, my hopes, dreams and aspirations were no match against my poor spelling, punctuation and grammar.

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    Grammar, n. A system of pitfalls thoughtfully prepared for the feet of the self-made man, along the path by which he advances to distinction.

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    But after the war, when editors like Martin Durk came to prominence by trumpeting the timely death of the novel, Parish opted for a reflective silence. He stopped taking on projects and watched with quiet reserve as his authors died off one by one--at peace with the notion that he would join them soon enough in that circle of Elysium reserved for plot and substance and the judicious use of the semicolon.

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    But doesn't add something to what has come before; but takes something away. At its most daring, it can feel like a Bat Turn, a 180-degree spin int the Batmobile. Make that a But Turn.

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    Creoles tend to express variations in time by having a string of helping verbs rather than by having complicated word formation rules. In other words, they are more like English in this respect than like a language such as Italian: English: I thought she might have been sleeping. Italian: Pensavo che dormisse. The idea of potential (in the English "might"), completed or whole action (in the English "have"), and stretched-out activity (in the English "been") that go with "sleeping" are all expressed in the ending on the Italian verb dormisse. (Dorm is the root for "sleep"; isse is the ending that carries all the meaning about the time frame.)

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    Cheers,' she said as I left, 'and don't forget you're seeing Matt and I on Monday.' I thought for a moment she'd said 'matineye', an East End pronunciation of 'matinee'. Was I meant to review it? Then I remembered Matt was the production editor. 'Me won't forget,' me muttered as me went downstairs.

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    Do not use semicolons. They are transvestite hermaphrodites, representing nothing. All they do is show you've been to college.

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    Cynthia had been on friendly terms with an eccentric librarian called Porlock who in the last years of his dusty life had been engaged in examining old books for miraculous misprints such as the substitution of "1" for the second "h" in the word "hither." Contrary to Cynthia, he cared nothing for the thrill of obscure predictions; all he sought was the freak itself, the chance that mimics choice, the flaw that looks like a flower; and Cynthia, a much more perverse amateur of misshapen or illicitly connected words, puns, logogriphs, and so on, had helped the poor crank to pursue a quest that in the light of the example she cited struck me as statistically insane. ("The Vane Sisters")

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    Diagramming made language seem friendly, like a dog who doesn't bark, but, instead, trots over to greet you, wagging its tail.

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    Deleuze and Guattari have been totally misunderstood because the following has been wrenched from context: "Forming grammatically correct sentences is for the normal individual the prerequisite for any submission to social laws. No one is supposed to be ignorant of grammaticality; those who are belong in special institutions. The unity of language is fundamentally political." (112) They are NOT advocating for this sort of prescriptive approach to language; rather, they are describing the social system around language--how language is a political tool. Why persist in quoting them as though they are promoting some sort of linguistic purity?

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    Don't belittle people. If you're hung up on grammar & spelling read a book, not facebook. Honest expression is beautiful, mean comments are not.

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    Don’t cross out. (That is editing as you write. Even if you write something you didn’t mean to write, leave it.) Don’t worry about spelling, punctuation, grammar. (Don’t even care about staying within the margins and lines on the page.) Lose control. Don’t think. Don’t get logical. Go for the jugular. (If something comes up in your writing that is scary or naked, dive right into it. It probably has lots of energy.)

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    Evolution did not design us to believe only true facts, nor to buy only useful products, nor to say only meaningful sentences