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How hard is it to use a capital letter at the beginning of a sentence and

some sort of punctuation at the end of the sentence? Your message is completely diluted when you fail to use the basic principles of grammar.

Tue. Jan 16, 10:37am

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I am by no means a spelling or grammer nazi, but basic punctuation and capitalization can really clarify the message.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 11:07 AM

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if you are educated it's a lot easier. give people a break. some people don't have the same backgrounds in education and schooling as those who are able to use proper grammar/punctuation. not everyone spent their childhood in school, some had to help provide for their families.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 11:12 AM

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In case there is anyone who does not know - in order to make a letter capital when typing, you have to hold down the "Shift" key while you type the letter that you want to be capitalized. The period (.) key is two to the right of the "m" key. The comma (,) key is one to the right of the "m" key.

As you are typing your thoughts, if you were speaking them and would naturally pause, that is where you'd put a comma or a period. After a period, the next letter should be capitalized. If you mix up where there should be commas or periods, it's not that hard to read. Generally, periods go at the end of a complete thought. Hopefully, some of my sentences I've just typed can serve as an example. This is good information for everyone to know.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 11:19 AM

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Above poster, love it, thanks!!! :)

Actually, on message boards and informail emails the punctuation doesn't necessarily bother me, but the spelling drives me nuts! (And I don't mean the occasional typo!) I know better than to bring up the LOSE weight so your pants are LOOSE argument again! I would love to ADVISE you on the grammar if you want the ADVICE!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 11:52 AM

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well, maybe you can control the circles you socialize in a bit better when not in cyberspace, but while here, maybe you should develop a little ettiquette with regard to complaining about how someone expresses themself. more and more there are threads about proper grammar & spelling and for those to whom these are difficult areas, these complaints may just drive them away. when you create a website, you can decide the rules of commenting. but i suggest that we exercise tolerance with things that are out of some peoples' control, like spelling, grammar, using a preposition to end a sentence, etc.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 12:06 PM

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I just want to say, that in general- online, I do not bother with capital letters. Spelling does bother me, but I'm a bad speller, so I just assume I will be assisted with spelling as much as I offer assistance. Yes, punctuation is helpful but I tend to use ellipses...

Honestly, although the defense of those who do not speak English as a first language is honorable, I am a college educated individual who was born and raised in the US. I simply choose to write more 'casually' when I am on a message board or thinking outloud. Sorry to offend.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 1:05 PM

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to save time-i don't use capital letters when i'm writing online (I tend to be a bit wordy), or in a casual e-mail to a friend. however, i am educated and know how and which arenas it is important to use proper capitalization, grammar, spelling, punctuation, etc. but i don't feel that my personal log on peertrainer is one that requires this. i can't speak for the others here that don't use capitalization, but that is my personal reason.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 1:36 PM

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ROFLMAO...are we be being graded also??

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 2:20 PM

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Report cards are due out next week.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 4:13 PM

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Do you ever wonder how many of these threads are about proper grammar?

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 5:33 PM

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