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  1. #16
    Arrrgh! It's not that difficult...
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    Er, potatoes and tomatoes do have an 'e'. But anything goes with a greengrocer.
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    Screen Shot 2016-03-11 at 23.08.46.png

    Another common mistake I'm afraid. The above should clarify things.
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    Who cares.


    http://www.wordhippo.com/what-is/the...of/potato.html


    http://www.elearnenglishlanguage.com...es-or-tomatos/

    What you have posted Sawday is incorrect - according to your reference and I quote:-


    Some say tomāto, some say tomăto, but when there is more than one, everyone has to add –es to make it plural. The English words tomato and potato are sometimes mistakenly made plural by simply adding an –s. But these two words, along with a few others, need –es in the plural.
    Last edited by harryb2448; 03-11-2016 at 09:55 PM.
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    This sort of thing was drummed into us by rote at school in the 50s and 60s (no apostrophe because it's plural, not possessive) and I appreciate that it probably isn't done the same way now. Interestingly, even our red top newspapers bide by the old rules on apostrophes and spelling. Proper use of apostrophes, etc, is the difference, and I quote: 'knowing the difference from your **** and you're ****'.

    The best, and funniest, modern usage guide to English (UK English, so there will be differences in spelling) is Eats, Shoots and Leaves by Lynne Truss.

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    Quote Originally Posted by neilf View Post
    I am sure you meant to type "colour"
    LOL. The only time I type "colour" is when I type "Any Colour You Like"...

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    Quote Originally Posted by XJ-linux View Post
    LOL. The only time I type "colour" is when I type "Any Colour You Like"...

    Wow... It's like rainbow cake

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    Cake? You must be looking through a different prism.

    By the way, on the subject matter of this thread: It did not have a positive effect. (Yes, I'm sure that's not "affect".) I can only try, but sometimes wonder if there's any reason to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by alonaa View Post
    Wow... It's like rainbow cake
    I feel very, very old now.
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    I still have one tiny item to bring up -- an exception, possibly? Consider the common phrase Mind your p's and q's. Talk to me about that.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BudVitoff View Post
    I still have one tiny item to bring up -- an exception, possibly? Consider the common phrase Mind your p's and q's. Talk to me about that.
    Wot about it? It's a valid english phrase (both American and English... possibly Australian )
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    You're kidding, right?

    Quote Originally Posted by toMACsh View Post
    Well, the trickiest one is using 's for plurals. (that would be plural's) It is a very common error, and the one that prompted this thread.
    Need I say more?

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    Quote Originally Posted by BudVitoff View Post
    I still have one tiny item to bring up -- an exception, possibly? Consider the common phrase Mind your p's and q's. Talk to me about that.
    I know that many "style books" (I think that's what they call them) for print medium companies (think newspapers, magazines) make that exception, also for acronyms. So a pdf document becomes pdf's when referring to two or more. Now, mind you, style books do not follow all the grammatical rules. For example, "rags" are full of sentence fragments. They tend to use a period where a comma should be to break up a long sentence, sometimes even beginning the next paragraph with the last phrase of such a sentence.

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    Oh, let's not get carried away into that world. That'll bring my grandkids into the picture and you don't want to do that.

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    Ala's, the problem persit's. I gue's's its a di'sea'se.

    A plural is still formed by adding an "s" or "es" and not an 's.

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