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Demonstone's and Flaubert's English Grammar for Demonlanders 101


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5 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

"Tom Hawkins has run out of super-laxatives for his mate Joel Selwood".  I assume, and I hope, she meant to say "superlatives". 

I dont....

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On 8/3/2022 at 3:08 PM, faultydet said:

Americans.

 

They have alot to answer for.

 

😉

Are we back on the footy topic of that Collingwood ruckman 😎assaulting our Max?

On 8/3/2022 at 3:24 PM, Demonstone said:

It's a challenge not to be condescending to Collingwood supporters.

On the off chance any Magpie fans are reading this thread, "condescending" means to talk down to.

I thought that condescending was a Greek paratrooper 

On 8/3/2022 at 4:38 PM, Demonstone said:

Inspired by adonski:

Disinterested:  Unbiased.

Uninterested:  Don't care.

Disinterested surely is more like having no pecuniary or other interest . 

On 8/3/2022 at 9:34 PM, Mel Bourne said:

Indeed it is. Another word in that sentence is “sentence”. 

Sentence is another word that strikes fear into the little minds of Collingwood folk, though they hold out hope that it will be a short or even a suspended one. 
 

 

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On 8/1/2022 at 4:30 PM, mauriesy said:

I am hearing many people saying "bought" when they mean "brought". For example: "what has he bought to the team"? I've often heard commentators use it.

"Bought" is the past tense and past participle of the verb to buy.
"Brought" is the past tense and past participle of the verb to bring.

 

Perhaps you have accidentally logged on to th cwood big footy site?

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On 8/2/2022 at 2:34 PM, monoccular said:

Trivea??  Is that like trivia?

So should youse of said, brung??

My autocorrect software was designed by a disgruntled Pies fan who managed to convince Samsung he could do the job.

Actually I would usually just blame it on the alcohol, but in this case I was sober.

I will try harder, Mr Monoccular.

Promise.

 

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Three English and grammar tuition.

Normally i'd say thanks very much, but I really don't need it.

Keep up the good work guys. You always add more class and sophistication to this site.

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On 8/3/2022 at 9:03 PM, WalkingCivilWar said:

Yeah nah, not getting it. What is the correct answer? Is it that there is no misspelled word in the sentence? If so, that’s not really a riddle. It’s basically just a lie.  😁

Oh, I just got it! But technically the word “misspelled” should be in quotation marks. 

Single quotation marks, not double. 

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On 8/5/2022 at 1:45 PM, monoccular said:

Are we back on the footy topic of that Collingwood ruckman 😎assaulting our Max?

I thought that condescending was a Greek paratrooper 

Disinterested surely is more like having no pecuniary or other interest . 

Sentence is another word that strikes fear into the little minds of Collingwood folk, though they hold out hope that it will be a short or even a suspended one. 
 

 

Very, very good: that little bit about the Greek paratrooper. 

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50 minutes ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Single quotation marks, not double. 

Definitely the case for the majority of time. But double is also acceptable. 

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18 minutes ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I'm old enough to remember when the expression "quotation marks" was not allowed. They always had to be called "inverted commas". And they were always double, irrespective of their use.

I reckon the days of corporal punishment would have had a field day with that one!

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2 hours ago, La Dee-vina Comedia said:

I'm old enough to remember when the expression "quotation marks" was not allowed. They always had to be called "inverted commas". And they were always double, irrespective of their use.

Times changed, surprisingly, around 1980. The usage of quotes-within-quotes became a common trend and to compensate, the single was used with the internally doubles used within. For example, John just confirmed that he is 'going to the footy but Jim let me know that "...he cannot get off work for the match..."', so we will both see the match and report back to Jim later. 

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When writing, try to avoid ambiguity. This is from Peter Ryan in The Age today about Ross Lyon:

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So, is Brendon Goddard saying Ross Lyon would stop the Bombers from succeeding? Or fix the cultural issues which are stopping the Bombers from succeeding. Obviously, it's intended to be the second, but that's not what the reader interprets the phrase to mean on first reading.

(Second hint: I'm not an English teacher, but I would suggest that the sentence is also too long and should be cut into two.)  

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On 8/21/2022 at 2:21 PM, Queanbeyan Demon said:

Yous are all very funny.

(And I am willing to bet such a thread does not exist on any other AFL related site.)

It is all part of the ski season mentality - having sat in crowded football grounds across the winters surrounded by Filth supporters - amid the consistent bleatings that '"...Pendemberry" or "Day-Koz" done real good, like, at getting them frees!' One has to mentally interact with this language abomination whence the mind might otherwise be in full employment over a shiraz at Davenport estate between runs. With regret, so many times, the Dees didn't win the game so on the train back to Kooyong, one reflected on the overall negativities of the footy experience (over time) brought on by a reluctance to spend perfectly good Thursday afternoons climbing north-east with chains across the top of the Australian Geosyncline. 

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8 hours ago, Deemania since 56 said:

It is all part of the ski season mentality - having sat in crowded football grounds across the winters surrounded by Filth supporters - amid the consistent bleatings that '"...Pendemberry" or "Day-Koz" done real good, like, at getting them frees!' One has to mentally interact with this language abomination whence the mind might otherwise be in full employment over a shiraz at Davenport estate between runs. With regret, so many times, the Dees didn't win the game so on the train back to Kooyong, one reflected on the overall negativities of the footy experience (over time) brought on by a reluctance to spend perfectly good Thursday afternoons climbing north-east with chains across the top of the Australian Geosyncline. 

Absolutely phukking brilliant.

BTW, I got off at Glen Iris.

(After that, I alighted at the same place.)

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8 hours ago, Queanbeyan Demon said:

Absolutely phukking brilliant.

BTW, I got off at Glen Iris.

(After that, I alighted at the same place.)

Glad you enjoyed it. It is the absolute circumstance (of years ago) when one attempted to balance the scales of social interaction and pursuit by selecting either a weekend at Hotham or going to the footy. Leaving the 'G, a great fondness of the MFC was nurtured across the years in wintry conditions as the platform of Richmond Station approached, the throngs of rowdiness abated significantly for all travelling (from Platform 10?) to the SEastern suburbs on the Glen Waverley line whence, as the empty clouds of black and white diminished in a directional sense, dreams and visions of an eventual win for the Dees were nourished, scrutinised and confessed across what became incessant time. 

Glen Iris Station, hey? Its underpass footpath, Driver Bus Lines, the fish 'n chips shop, the tram terminus in High Street -  all memories. Stan Alves worked at the Real Estate Agents on the southern corner at the intersection of High St/Lower Malvern Rd. Good Demon ground ... a hive and breeding ground of discriminating footy supporters. 

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3 hours ago, Deemania since 56 said:

Glad you enjoyed it. It is the absolute circumstance (of years ago) when one attempted to balance the scales of social interaction and pursuit by selecting either a weekend at Hotham or going to the footy. Leaving the 'G, a great fondness of the MFC was nurtured across the years in wintry conditions as the platform of Richmond Station approached, the throngs of rowdiness abated significantly for all travelling (from Platform 10?) to the SEastern suburbs on the Glen Waverley line whence, as the empty clouds of black and white diminished in a directional sense, dreams and visions of an eventual win for the Dees were nourished, scrutinised and confessed across what became incessant time. 

Glen Iris Station, hey? Its underpass footpath, Driver Bus Lines, the fish 'n chips shop, the tram terminus in High Street -  all memories. Stan Alves worked at the Real Estate Agents on the southern corner at the intersection of High St/Lower Malvern Rd. Good Demon ground ... a hive and breeding ground of discriminating footy supporters. 

Sounds a lot like St Albans. Except the exact opposite in every single respect  🙃🙂

This conversation took place recently:

A girl in the DA told me she lives in Bentleigh. I said I wasn’t familiar with that area. She asked me where I live. I said, “St Albans, you’re sure to have heard of it, it’s on the news every second night for all the wrong reasons.” She said, “oh, it’s not that bad, we used to have a maid who lived in St Albans.” 😳

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