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    I write in the most distressingly slow way in terms of punctuation and 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 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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    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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    people who understand grammar always have a keen sense of the ridiculous.

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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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 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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    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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    Every language has a grammar, a set of rules that govern usage and meaning, and literary language is no different. It’s all more or less arbitrary of course, just like language itself.

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    - Excuse me, where is the library at? - At Harward we don't end the sentence with preposition - Excuse me, where is the library at, jerk!?

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    Getting Pretty Panties Ripped Requires Real Damn Initiative. Or--general, personal, possessive, reflexive, reciprocal, relative, demonstrative, and interrogative!

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    Grammar is the breathing power for the life of language

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    Grammar is like a strive for perfection. It's useless really.

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    I actually intentially have poor spelling and grammar in my books. I feel that spelling and grammar shoudn't reflect inteltect. I beleive not everyone has the same recorses. Not everyone can aford to be taught the same grammar. Some people like me have learning dissabilites. Some people have dissorders or mental dissabilites. Some people never went to school. So when your judging someones writing, or reviewing, it. Please I ask of you this, don't take the grammar and spelling into acount. Because lets face it. Not everyone is as privleged as you.

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    I come from the sort of family in which, at the age of ten, I was told I must always say hoi polloi, never "the hoi polloi," because hoi meant "the," and two "the's" were redundant -- indeed something only hoi polloi would say.

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    Each other refers to two nouns; one another refers to three or more, a distinction that careful writers generally observe.

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    I felt mildly peculiar to be treasuring love letters for their grammar, but there was nothing else I could treasure them for.

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    If Language is a Flower then without Grammar it will not smell.

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    If plain run is good enough for I, you, we, they, why isn't it good enough for he, she, it? Because we have no choice in the matter. The decision was made by those who fixed our grammar at a certain stage of its evolution, and their decision will probably stand forever.

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    If rhetoric study was the military, grammar teachers would be the drill sergeants.

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    If the components of the body were organs and veins and cells, then the components of thought and language were words and grammar.