bazza Posted January 2, 2010 Share Posted January 2, 2010 Whilst (or "while") reading the "Your(sic) John Williams" thread, I saw the posts quoted below and wondered if we should have a discussion and English language topic to help those of us learn more about the use of words in our language. Some of you may think it's not important; others get exasperated when they see bad use of the language. Personally I think that English is an extremely difficult language to write if you speak it, and to speak and understand it if it is not your native language. I have the greatest admiration for those whose first language is not English who learn English because of:- 1) the many words that sound the same, yet are written differently and have different meanings 2) the different ways there are of saying the same thing 3) the different sounds of words spelt the same such as the "ough" family 4) the poor diction of people or local pronunciation or dialect. So........ To all the people on this board who type 'where' instead of 'were'(and there are many), here is the past tense of the verb to be:- I was You were He/she/it was We were You were They were 'Where' should be used in these situations......... Where is my Rovers scarf? Where did I put my season ticket? Where can I buy a ticket for the next match? 'Were' should be used in these situations......... What would people do if they were John Williams now? We were sat in the Blackburn End. You were a season ticket holder before me. What about these.........? They were where you left them! Where were you last week? Were we where we said we were? ....and these..........? We're where we said we'd be. Where we are is where we were last season. Easy Who can spot the mistake? 47er did (see below) The where/were, they're/their/there and your/you're mistakes are bad enough, but the worst ones are the could/should of (instead of HAVE) mistakes. "I should of" sounds like "I should have"; used a lot on this board and is very poor grammar. We were sitting in the Blackburn End---not "sat"! "We were sat" seems to be a Lancashire expression as I found out when I went to live abroad and was corrected to say "We were sitting". Most people up here, even those on radio say "sat". I get mixed up with "should" and "would" and "shall" and "will". Over to you Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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