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    Tweet Briefings For This Week.

    1. Don't never use no double negatives.
    2. Take the bull by the hand and avoid mixed metaphors.
    3. Never, never, ever use repetitive redundancies which repeatedly repeat themselves.
    4. Always avoid awkward and aimless, affected alliteration.
    5. Avoid cliches like the plague.
    6. Last, but most importantly, don't dangle your prepositions.

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    Don't lapse into the second person unless you know her well.

    See that, your punctuation doesn't embarrass you. It makes you look, stupid. So don't, be comatose.

    Thou shalt have no other first person, singular, objective case pronouns before me.

    Honor thy grammar.

    Pay thy syntax.

    See your doctor after a missed period

    Do you have a question, Mark?

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    What happened to the word "farther?" Everything, including distance, is "further."

    What happened to the first person objective case "me?" (as in between you and me.) Why is the word "Myself" replacing the word "I" as the subject of a sentence?

    Why are people afraid to say "should" or "must?" It's all Bowdlerized into awkwardly passive constructions such as "It needs to be."

    See last Sunday's comic of "One Big Happy"

    https://www.arcamax.com/thefunnies/o...appy/s-2102867

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    We are finally losing the old Latin accusative case (of which the English objective case was a last stand). I knew going slack on whom was a bad idea.

    Of course, everyone makes mistakes. There is nothing to be ashamed of as long as one learns from them. Unfortunately, my IPad doesn't get that. When I try to write the possessive pronoun its, Mr. Dumbbell's artificial stupidity changes it to the contraction it's. It also adds apostrophes to plurals and just can't master the adverb too. Worst of all, it insists on changing is to isn't. That's right: two and two isn't four; God isn't dead; All You Need Isn't Love. Sometimes I think it will drive me mad.

    Edit: Misspelled dumbbell, which has got to tell you something.
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    Is the present perfect, present tense or past tense? At the current juncture it seem to be classified as present tense based upon tradition.

    And yet how can we consider present perfect as a form of present tense if it uses the present tense of the auxiliary "have?"

    "If I have seen" were a present tense, then its negative equivalent might be "I don't have seen," and it's interrogative form would be "Do you have seen?" or perhaps "Have you got seen?" This actually ties in nicely with the pidgin English I encountered in Nigeria. Wonderful phrases like "Him done come" and "What em he done do?"

    Is there then an argument for making the present perfect a perfect present or a compound past?

    In any case, I've decided to continue all communications, either in the manner I acquired growing up in North London or in chance encounters with the inhabitants of Kaduna.

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    My past is imperfect not simple. But I'm not two tense about it.

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    The question is: the present tense or a tense present?
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    Once I gave my wife some beauty cream for her birthday. That was a tense present.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Pompey Bum View Post
    Once I gave my wife some beauty cream for her birthday. That was a tense present.
    omg. The old Vaudeville (which I didn't witness personally. I'm old, but I'm not THAT old.):

    Second banana: Say, I think I know that dame. Is that Hortense?
    First banana: Nah. She looks pretty relaxed to me!

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    Quote Originally Posted by AuntShecky View Post
    omg. The old Vaudeville (which I didn't witness personally. I'm old, but I'm not THAT old.):

    Second banana: Say, I think I know that dame. Is that Hortense?
    First banana: Nah. She looks pretty relaxed to me!
    I tell you, Aunty, I don't get no respect, no respect at all...

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    Ha ha ha … whatever happened to this thread?
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