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#51 Janizar

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Posted 13 June 2003 - 04:25 PM

But I like being a nerd 8O

#52 Kerrick

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Posted 14 June 2003 - 05:39 AM

Antrel: Estoy muy consado. No se por que.
all i gotta say is it's cansado.. also.. Durova.. do you have a Ph.D in English or something??

#53 Antrel

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Posted 15 June 2003 - 02:23 AM

Learn Espa

#54 Tyben

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Posted 15 June 2003 - 07:27 AM

You should've learned all of that in your high school English class.

#55 Redemption

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Posted 15 June 2003 - 07:43 AM

uhm,

I make the most mistakes with "than" and "then".
Please give me examples plus explanation.


P.S I had to look up the word "seminar" before I dared to post. I know what it is now!

#56 Tyben

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Posted 15 June 2003 - 10:22 PM

Chicken is better meat than beef.
If you eat a chicken, then you won't have to smell his bad breath.


Basically 'than' is used as a comparative word. It compares two things, in the example it compares Chicken to beef. The word 'then' is used to show cause and effect. In the example the cause is eating chicken, the effect is not having bad breath.

#57 Geobog

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Posted 16 June 2003 - 12:19 AM

I'm no grammar expert, but "than" is used in comparing (Alysa is crazier than Raistlin) and "then" is used regarding linear sequence of events (first I entered the tower then Tyben began visciously assaulting me with a bee stinger).

I'm pretty sure that's right, though there may be a few more details involved.

#58 Durova

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Posted 16 June 2003 - 02:06 PM

Moos to Tyben and Geobog.

Somebody asked about the semicolon. There's seldom a reason to use one unless you've had polyps removed.

Probably the best purpose for semicolons is to separate groups in a list with two types of element.

"Steve volunteered to bring soda to the party; Jodi, cups; Nikki, chips; and Eric, napkins."

Normally you'd use commas to list simple groups of three or more. You could still punctuate that way here if you were willing to repeat "...volunteered to bring..." again and again. That's a real mouthful. It's quicker to let commas indicate the missing words. Then we upgrade the usual grouping commas into semicolons so the reader doesn't get lost.


The other type of use for a semicolon is risky. Once in a while a writer wants to express two grammatically different sentences as one thought. It's basically gunning your way through a long yellow light and unless you really understand the intersection you'll probably get ticketed for a run-on sentence.

I'm not going to give an example of this because it's so easy to abuse. I've read Henry James and I'd like to shoot a few semicolons back into his carcass just to make sure he's dead.

#59 Geobog

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Posted 16 June 2003 - 02:14 PM

Heh, heh, heh Durova :D .

Semicolon, I believe, is also used to separate independant clauses; however, no conjunction should be used when utilizing the risky semicolon. This allows you to add another independant clause without starting a new sentance; normally the two independant clauses are very much related to each other.

Shoot me if I'm wrong, but I'm pretty sure that's how one can use semicolons.

#60 Cuddles

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Posted 16 June 2003 - 07:24 PM

Could you tell me where is this seminar located?
Is it simply on the boards, or at an actual ingame location?

#61 Yagami

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Posted 16 June 2003 - 08:30 PM

You'll have to spam Bortaz to find out!

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#62 Molo

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Posted 16 June 2003 - 11:02 PM

whee thanks durova/geobog :) crazy cats indeed. good instruction on semicolons

#63 Durova

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Posted 17 June 2003 - 09:46 AM

Yes, Geobog.

An independent clause is a grammatically complete sentence that refuses to leave its parents' nest. Mommy sentence keeps feeding it worms even though it's big enough to fly for itself.

#64 Bortaz

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Posted 21 June 2003 - 12:39 AM

My work here is done. At least 3 Materia Magica players are now smarter than they were when we started. Thanks to all who participated.