English Lesson

Posted in 'I like to complain.',Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Jun 7, 2007

One of my pet peeves is when people use the English language incorrectly. This (to me) includes things such as punctuation, word choice, etc. I don’t ask for perfection, but there are some mistakes that really get on my nerves. Here are a few of them:

Lesson 1

Their, They’re, and There
THEIR refers to a group’s possession. THEY’RE refers to a group’s action/status (what are THEY doing?). THERE refers to a place in space (it’s over there!). Pretty simple.

It’s vs. Its
Apostrophes indicate one of two things: possession, or a contraction (i.e. two words joined together/shortened). With “it’s”, however, it ONLY indicates a contraction. So when you’re talking about your dog, and you refer to ITS bone, there’s no apostrophe. When you’re referring to how the dog is eating ITS food, you say IT’S eating. By the way, the apostrophe goes where the missing letters are!

Too, To, and Two
Another easy one! Two is the number (duh). TOO refers to sort of an amount of something, like too much candy, or too many cows. It can also mean also, TOO. Get it? TO is for the rest.

TV’s, DVD’s, PC’s
Wrong, wrong, wrong. There shouldn’t be apostrophes in these! They are NOT possessive and they are NOT contractions. They are plural nouns. TVs, DVDs, PCs…thumbs up.

Then vs Than
THEN is used to describe a sequence or order. THAN is used to compare or contrast. First I said blue is better THAN yellow, THEN I said I liked all colors.

Lesson 2 coming soon. Learn lesson 1 first. =)

One of my grammatical weaknesses: periods and commas in quotations.

Austin never liked the Grilled Stuft Burrito

Posted in Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Mar 19, 2006

See below:

L-Dawg: but what if you’re dying of hunger
L-Dawg: and i will revive you with a stuft burrito
L-Dawg: nothing more
Austin: dont bother reviving me then
L-Dawg: lol

My First Short Story

Posted in Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Feb 21, 2006

I’m taking a short story class in which you have to write two short stories throughout the term. My first one was terrible, admittedly, but I think my second one turned out a bit better. I actually put a little more effort into it, so I’m calling it my first instead. Feel free to read it and let me know how YOU think it turned out. I’d appreciate any comments you have regarding plot, characters, punctuation/grammar, etc.! Oh, by the way, I realize the formatting kinda got screwed up when I copy/pasted and I didn’t feel like going back to reformat it. You can download the .doc here if you’d prefer.
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Fire alarm!

Posted in 'I like to complain.',Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Feb 1, 2006

I have a night class on Tuesday nights from 7-10. You guys already knew that. So we’re doing “workshop” where we critique each others’ papers and my paper is getting critiqued. read more »

Technology isn’t “Bad”

Posted in Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Nov 14, 2005

After teaching my cs101 class today, I had a student approach me. He’s an older guy (like in his late 30’s) and was having sort of a difficult time catching up on some of the concepts we go over in class. But then he said something to me which I thought was interesting. read more »

So I’m Alive, but are you READING this?

Posted in Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Nov 7, 2005

I’m still alive. Just a quick update: that weird guy sat next to me again, and still smelled strange like mothballs. I’m sure he’s very nice, though.

Here’s Something You Should Know…

Posted in Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Aug 9, 2005

If you plan on crossing the street without using the crosswalk, you should be physically capable of running if things get hairy. read more »

Bathroom Rituals: The Men’s Room

Posted in Random Writings by L-Dawg @ Aug 7, 2005

This is something I’ve been meaning to write about for a while. It’s actually quite interesting – and true!

The men’s restroom is an interesting place. There are all sorts of rituals and unwritten laws that go on behind the scenes. One of the most interesting things about it is the fact that every man just sort of automatically knows most of these. read more »