English Language - Need Assistants?

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11 years 9 months ago #24559 by Toast
Saw this on a job seekers' website today:

Need Assistants? Click here to view our frequently asked questions.

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11 years 9 months ago #346477 by kate
I need an assistant, where do I click? :D :D Something tells me they should be advertising for a proof reader. Having said that, I'll no doubt make an error in this post.....

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11 years 9 months ago #346484 by Stikkibeek

Kate;335687 wrote: I need an assistant, where do I click? :D :D Something tells me they should be advertising for a proof reader. Having said that, I'll no doubt make an error in this post.....


Your error couldn't possibly be as bad as one on the front page of a rest home I recently looked at. They said they aim to make their residents as dependant as possible. I pointed this out to them and now they have, "We assist all residents to live as independant as possible."

Grammar is still somewhat lacking!

Did you know, that what you thought I said, was not what I meant :S

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11 years 9 months ago #346500 by beedee
Well as Paul on the breakfast show sez, its the home of the bewildered.. if you werent when you went there you soon will be!!

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11 years 9 months ago #346570 by Toast
Yes, they've been dropping the ly off for ages, fresh baked bread etc.

Big one coming through at the moment - I use to live in ..... Dropping of the d

Pity to see the AA magazine has contributers writing in the present tense about the places they visit. I thought that at least the AA would have been above that. The Americans write that way, but at least they stick to that same present tense throughout their article and that's how they do it. Some of the articles in the AA go from one tense to another almost alternating paragraphs. Sad.

Enough ..... I mustn't go on! But yes, Kate, I jumped for a split second thinking that Need Assistants? meant just that! Hope they don't put the candidates through a writing test!

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11 years 9 months ago #346586 by Organix
The most common mistake I see is the inreasing ignorance in the difference between of there/their/they're, where/were/we're and the use of apostrophes [:(!]

Generally it only takes a couple of such mistakes in a piece or post and I write it off and move onto something that makes more sense :confused:

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11 years 9 months ago #346594 by PeterNZ

Organix;335828 wrote: The most common mistake I see is the inreasing ignorance in the difference between of there/their/they're, where/were/we're and the use of apostrophes [:(!]

Generally it only takes a couple of such mistakes in a piece or post and I write it off and move onto something that makes more sense :confused:

Oh I am good with apostrophes since I read How To Use An Apostrophe . :D

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11 years 9 months ago #346630 by igor
There seems to be a widely held misconception that US Americans speak English. It is quite obvious that American is a language related to English in much the same way as the language of Mexico and the majority of South America is to Spanish.

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11 years 9 months ago #346742 by Toast
Agree, Organix. I just move on.

I also give a miss to places which offer accomodation. If they've got an m missing, one has to wonder what else might be missing!

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11 years 9 months ago #346749 by Organix
The same applies to texts. If the sender of the text can't be bothered using correct spelling 'because it takes less keystrokes' then my answer is "no" because that takes like keystrokes than "yes" :rolleyes:

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11 years 9 months ago #346753 by reggit
Also an issue with 'dependent' vs 'dependant' [;)] Just been through this with a friend's essay draft...

There is a sign down the road that I am very tempted to use a black marker on to correct. But wouldn't be appreciated [}:)]

Take a break...while I take care of your home, your block, your pets, your stock! [;)] PM me...

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11 years 9 months ago #346758 by igor
Near here there used to be a sign warning of "sheep on drive". I was sorely tempted to add "do not drive on sheep".

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11 years 9 months ago #346760 by OakhengeFarm
There is a local Irish pub here in town which has witty slogans painted on the outside. I counted 14 of them, and not one had no spelling, grammer or punctuation errors!

11 acres (4 in QEII Covenanted native bush), 15 sheep, 2 beefies, large vege gardens and a goat, and still no dog!:(

Oh, and uncountable wild birds - including fantails, swallows, yellowhammers, morepork, magpies, hawks, pukekos, and even quaill, pheasants and rainbow lorikeets [:D][:D] Not to mention possums, hares, rabbits, rats...

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11 years 9 months ago #346784 by Organix
In the same vein as this thread these guys are on a quest to irradicate typos across the US. Brilliant :D

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11 years 9 months ago #346804 by igor
Do you mean eradicate, Organix, or are you taking the piss?

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