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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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you guys are trippin! Chill out! You must not have anything better to do then complain. I see all the other threads where people are real about feelings and questions and then there is you? May God bless you and give you something in your life to keep you occupied.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 5:45 PM

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As a teacher (math, but nonetheless), I hope that you complainers are not parents, because it is going to be terrible for your childrens' teachers to convince them to do their homework and proofread their essays!!

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 5:57 PM

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This site is for positive encouragement

Dear Grammar-savy individual,
Please stop posting your grammar rants and raves. I use this site for positive encouragement for WEIGHT LOSS, EXERCISE, and HEALTH. Please find another venue to give grammatical advice. Perhaps try tutoring in a school to properly put your love of grammar to a more positive use.

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 6:06 PM

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Hey,5:45 poster at least they aren't eating. :)

Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 8:22 PM

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I'm one who is very conscious about how I present myself, so I try to be clear about my messages whenever possible...

I understand that if you are not college-educated, you may have problems with spelling and grammar.... However, keep in mind that even major newspapers are written for people with a 4th or 6th grade level of comprehension (I think USA Today is one of them)... Actually, if you have graduated from high school (or completed ANY high school, you SHOULD have had enough education to punctuate in a minimal manner....

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 11:57 PM

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Ever heard of "Don't sweat the little things?"

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 12:48 AM

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Your guys are kidding me right? Grammer,punctuation and spelling are all important, I think we all kinda know that by now. Did you ever think that perhaps most people may not give a shit about those things while contributing to a weight-loss blog?

Just a thought...

I truly wish for you many good things in this life, including something else for you to micro-manage that doesn't include patronizing and highlighting the "short comings" of others, especially via levels of one's education.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 1:21 AM

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Do me a favor, can you correct all the spelling, punctuation and grammar errors in the (my) last posting? Just curious if you can find them all-smart ass...

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 1:25 AM

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ouch! where is the love? throwing out such negative comments all because a few people don't write in the way a few others would like. this is a perfect example of why another forum for "Off-Topics" would be fitting. then those of us who need to rant about other issues but don't want to find another website that suits our topic can drift over to the other forum and let it all out.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 9:10 AM

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I think the OP had some valid concerns and so did those of you who responded. I have completed graduate school and still struggle with basic spelling mistakes. However, this site is primarily for weight loss support and I think we should focus back on that.

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 10:45 AM

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This is a truly funny thread-- :-)

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 6:03 PM

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give me a brake ( capitals, no punctuation and a misspelled word) how do ya like dat??

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 11:07 PM

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know, know.. its' gimme aye brake!

Moohaaahaa ha ha ha ha!!!!

Wednesday, January 17, 2007, 11:10 PM

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how easy is it not to stat with a capitol?

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 6:29 PM

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If you can't read a post....


I know, I know...I'm a genious!

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 6:38 PM

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Knot shore how easy is it too punctuate?

There's a book on that topic eye think its called:

eats shoots and leaves

Thursday, January 18, 2007, 11:30 PM

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You guys are funny! :)

Sunday, January 21, 2007, 10:58 AM

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whoever the grammer nazis are on this board- I hope your kids don't get beat up. Because kids have a good sense of who to ostracize. Know it all jerks who make life difficult for others tend to be high on that list. Kids tend to pick up habits from their parents.

Sunday, January 21, 2007, 4:24 PM

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At first glance I thought this thread was a joke. As I continued to read the postings I became quickly aware this is a serious thread. I desperately hope no one is taking themselves or others that seriously about grammar, spelling and punctuation. I can't imagine what their children are like with role models so critical and patronizing.
...I wish this thread was a joke.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 12:56 PM

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i think the way to look at is to EXPECT spelling, grammar & puncuation mistakes and when you don't come across any, then you should praise the writer instead of complaining every couple of weeks.

Tuesday, January 30, 2007, 1:02 PM

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Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:16 AM

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To OP--Give me a break!!!!

Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:26 AM

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I'm a bit of a grammar/spelling nazi when it comes to myself and friends or family, but I limit myself to those people. I think that to a degree proper grammar and spelling make communication much easier and more clear, but some people just don't care. Some lack the educational basis and have no desire to learn or don't pursue doing so. Some have forgotten what they used to know. It does make me cringe a little, but I'm not going to get upset about it. I think it's really important, but I can't make others agree.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 12:08 PM

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it's hard, i just can't bring myself to do it. pressing the shift key is too much work. i'm so lazy that clicking the return key is almost too daunting.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 1:05 PM

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ps- i even have a master's degree in mass communication, o it's so hard to capitalize letters sometimes.

seriously- does it really matter?

Friday, May 25, 2007, 1:07 PM

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I am very well educated; yet, while on the computer I find it so much easier just to type and not worry about puncuation. Come on people remember what we are all here for !!

Friday, May 25, 2007, 9:58 PM

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just becuz this is alwayz an issue i am no longer going 2 uz any grammER (ar):) when logging i will not let the man tell me how 2 type my wordz
stand hehehehehehe

Friday, May 25, 2007, 11:00 PM

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Are you kidding?

Calm down, Paco. How is that? I'm sure it was a accident. Relax, Ma.

Friday, May 25, 2007, 11:57 PM

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so lame--the whole thing

Wednesday, May 30, 2007, 5:55 PM

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Why it is important to use capitalization: It's the difference between helping your Uncle Jack off a horse and helping your uncle jack off a horse.

Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 8:43 AM

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Because it's easier to read.

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 12:19 PM

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here we go again

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 3:39 PM

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Oops - sorry for that...

Here we go again!

Thursday, July 14, 2011, 3:39 PM

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Tuesday, January 16, 2007, 11:19 AM

This entry is filled with grammar and syntax errors. You'd be better off just losing weight.

Friday, July 15, 2011, 1:02 AM

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@Wednesday, July 13, 2011, 8:43 AM

WOW that is hilarious.

Monday, July 18, 2011, 4:03 PM

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