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Old 12-20-2010, 10:44 PM   #511
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... I realize it is the "TYPE" of sense humor that makes the difference.
Not so much the type of humour as needing to let the reader know the text is humorous when it is not obvious. Obvious to the writer may not be obvious to the reader!
 
Old 12-20-2010, 11:08 PM   #512
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...let the reader know the text is humorous when it is not obvious.
Any sane person would not put a non-obvious joke to the person with whom he's not been much in talks with/acquainted with/friendlier with...so letting the reader know the text is humorous makes little sense when you know to whom you are taking ... well, I have realized that this theory doesn't work in some exceptional cases and perhaps I am expecting too much!

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Old 12-21-2010, 05:42 AM   #513
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Any sane person would not put a non-obvious joke to the person with whom he's not been much in talks with/acquainted with/friendlier with...
That's a rather convoluted sentence, Anisha.
 
Old 12-21-2010, 08:32 AM   #514
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wow. a 35 page thread . thats a record for what I've seen

anyways , my question is :- why does the personal pronoun ( I ) need to be capitalized .. i mean why is it so important
 
Old 12-21-2010, 08:47 AM   #515
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why does the personal pronoun ( I ) need to be capitalized
I've always thought that "I" is regarded as a proper name (referring to oneself), and is therefore capitalized. I dunno if that's the actual reason, though.
 
Old 12-21-2010, 09:06 AM   #516
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I...I...I...have no Idea.
 
Old 12-21-2010, 09:14 AM   #517
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why does the personal pronoun ( I ) need to be capitalized .. i mean why is it so important
From Wikipedia: "English I originates from Old English (OE) ic. One explanation is that the capitalisation of the word began around the 14th century to clarify the single letter as constituting a full word: writers and copyists began to use a capital I because the lower-case letter was hard to read, and sometimes mistaken for part of the previous or succeeding word. This practice was already established by the introduction of movable type in the mid-15th century, and may have still been considered to improve readability".
 
Old 12-21-2010, 09:18 AM   #518
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I...I...I...have no Idea.
And you..you..you...you have nooo iddeeeeea no no no nono

hell we could make song ...

EDIT:
@catkin
oh now I see ... thanks.

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Old 12-21-2010, 09:41 AM   #519
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Thanks, catkin and that Fount of All Knowledge, the AWESOME WIKIPEDIA!!!
 
Old 12-21-2010, 02:22 PM   #520
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Few questions:

shall one write:
Code:
"The project costs will be significantly reduced by 2015."
or
Code:
"The project costs will significantly be reduced by 2015."

and shall we write either:

Code:
the current evaluation is positive for the A, B, and C cases.
or
Code:
the current evaluation is positive for the A, the B, and the C cases.
also

Quote:
The car and train are great mean of transportation
or
Quote:
The car and the train are great mean of transportation
Thanks in advance!!

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Old 12-21-2010, 09:36 PM   #521
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Code:
"The project costs will be significantly reduced by 2015."
or
Code:
"The project costs will significantly be reduced by 2015."
The first because it says the reduction is significant; the second says the being is significant.
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Code:
the current evaluation is positive for the A, B, and C cases.
or
Code:
the current evaluation is positive for the A, the B, and the C cases.
The first for brevity and the second if you are a politician making a speech (suitably delivered, the final is all but drowned in a storm of rapturous applause!). The choice is about emphasis and works a lot better when spoken when the emphasis can be brought out by pausing before the second "the" and the "and" and saying the B and C more loudly.

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Code:
The car and train are great mean of transportation
or
Code:
The car and the train are great mean of transportation
"mean" should be "means" because there are more than one of them. As for the A, B and C cases the second only works in speech unless you write something like "The car -- and the train -- are great mean of transportation".

Thank you for using CODE tags -- it make replying a lot easier.
 
Old 12-23-2010, 04:09 AM   #522
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Digressing and backtracking to this post. There is an Oldham in Nova Scotia (who do we know from there?), and one in South Dakota. Courtesy of Wikipedia (where would we be without it? )
 
Old 12-23-2010, 04:18 AM   #523
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Were you referring to post 499? since the post you have linked to doesn't seem to be of much relevance!
 
Old 12-23-2010, 04:24 AM   #524
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Yeah and American way would have been correct if Oldham were in America?
That, in bold, is the relevant bit. One Oldham in the US, another in Canada. See?
 
Old 12-23-2010, 04:28 AM   #525
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I did guess you were referring to that post of mine but somehow I didn't feel like pointing it out, but anyway the link in your post 522 is wrong.
 
  


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