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Wed Sep 25, 2019 1:46 pm
Should the subject title of this topic, https://www.xeforums.co.uk/viewtopic.php?f=20&t=8307, not be in this one?
Not since I just fixed the main title...................
Plus, that was just a smelling mistake rather than using the wrong word or bad grammar.
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It sounds like quite a lot of this thread is about developments in the English language that people find annoying, and grammar mistakes, rather than true spelling mistakes.
Brake/Break, as mentioned a couple of times, is an error that annoys me in a motoring context. At work, I have to check a lot of letters written by colleagues and I despair sometimes at the quality of people's written English.
That said, I am surprised to see such dislike of "so" as a sentence opener. It has its uses, for example as a less formal-sounding substitute for "therefore". I would never have thought to do this after leaving full-time education, but my company's house style manual encourages it (as well as beginning sentences with "but" and "and"), and I've adopted it over time. I now think of it as a stylistic choice rather than something to be avoided, although I can't say the same for split infinitives.
If anyone is interested, there's an article discussing the subject here: https://www.quickanddirtytips.com/education/grammar/is-starting-a-sentence-with-so-condescending
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It may have been mentioned already, but I very often see in forums people talking about a "mute point". Just saw it again which prompted this. If it was truly a mute point then we wouldn't be talking about it, I suppose. But it is understandable, outside of law students no-one really has to deal with a moot.
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