A few days ago
Anonymous

Why can’t people write in proper english anymore?

Lets face it, half the posts that go up here have terrible English,

Do people just not bother or are we actually losing the ability to use proper grammar and spelling because of texting and such?

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A few days ago
Weatherman

Favorite Answer

They can.

But are just too lazy to do it so write in horrible TXT SPEAK

It’s that bad that occasionally using TXT SPEAK in exams, other than actual English exams of course, in the UK is no longer marked down.

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A few days ago
Anonymous
When criticizing others you MUST be perfect, because there is ALWAYS someone who knows more than you…

1. “English” is ALWAYS capitalized.

This sentence… “Lets face it, half the posts that go up here have terrible English,”…. SHOULD have ended in a period, not a comma. Commas show pause, not complete stop.

This sentence… “Do people just not bother or are we actually losing the ability to use proper grammar and spelling because of texting and such?”…. SHOULD have been written like this:

{Do people just not bother? Or are we actually losing the ability to use proper grammar and spelling because of texting and such?}

Or you could have inserted a comma between “bother” and “or”.

So, write it properly yourself or SHUT THE H.ELL UP.

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A few days ago
quatt47
You should ask

Why can’t people write proper English any more?

Although use of ‘any more’ is really a redundant phrase since the question only need be

“Why can’t people write proper English now?”

But even that would be better asked

“Why can’t people write English correctly now?”

The answer is because of slipping standards in education and inherent laziness in younger people. Going back several years pupils then had fewer distractions such as mobile phones, DVD’s, Video’s, unlimited TV stations and so on. Reading was more of a hobby in those days thus promulgating the correct use of the language. Pity.

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4 years ago
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Ummm… once you’re gonna whine approximately others, perchance you ought to get it suitable your self… [Why will no longer be able to human beings write in suitable english anymore?] English is often capitalized, esp. once you’re criticizing others. [we could face it, a million/2 the posts that bypass up right here have undesirable English,] this ought to have led to a era. Commas are no longer sentence enders. [Do human beings in simple terms no longer worry or are we easily dropping the skill to apply suitable grammar and spelling because of the fact of texting and such?] Comma at the back of “worry”. added information 2 hours in the past [very nicely I agree all of us make blunders, there are youthful contributors or people who’s first language isn’t English in spite of the undeniable fact that it is the a million/2 assed stuff like plz and b4 that relatively cheapens written observe of any language.] This became one long-term-on sentence. There ought to have been a comma after “very nicely”; a era after “blunders”. “There” ought to have been a capital “T”. “who’s” is a contraction for “who’s” and that may not suitable… “Whose” could have been the suitable observe. Now, next time, think of earlier you whinge because of the fact there is often somebody who is conscious extra and could slap you down.
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A few days ago
ariel_okinawa
People are too lazy. You can’t say that they are ignorant, because they learn English in school. That is the only excuse. Texting and instant messaging have taken over, and they get into the habit of using the short hand versions of the word, and so they use it on here as well.
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A few days ago
Second Hand Rose
That’s exactly right. Text messaging, e-mails, etc. have encouraged improper writing skills and informal writing. It has much to do with rushing and not taking care in what’s being written. I had a college professor who did a study on it, and it goes back to e-mails, messengers, and text messaging as well as the rushing to get done and writing as we speak, and it’s actually making things harder on educators when they assign written projects such as essays and reports.
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A few days ago
Basang Sisiw
Let me rewrite your sentence, please.

“Let’s face it, half of the posts that come up here have terrible English.”

Many people don’t seem to know when to properly use “come” and “go.”

I always hear people say, “Are you coming with me?” when they should say, “Are you going with me?”

I don’t think texting has something to do with the inability to use correct grammar and spelling. You can use correct grammar while using shortcuts, abbreviations, acronyms, symbols, and the like when texting.

In my own observation and opinion, it’s really the lack of mastery of the correct grammar and correct spelling that has something to do with the problem.

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A few days ago
pseudonym
I don’t see what the huge problem is with shorthand. It’s the dialect of the internet community. It’s not so bad if ppl don’t proofread if you’r eonly on the webite for recreation. If you were doing it for a more imprtant reason, that’s a different situation. I say we just don’t bother, because there’s no reason to. If ppl want to put two i’s instead of a y, y stop them? It’s like moving from the US to the UK. YOu get used to it.
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A few days ago
WebXen
I blame laziness, rap, catch-phrases, and texting. The sad thing is watching a teacher text someone in the middle of a lecture.
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A few days ago
Anonymous
Well, some actually do this for a valid reason. e.g: in order to avoid violating others’ Trademark and copyright.

And to bypass keyword filters and search engines. etc. etc.

But then again; the correct answer to your question will depend on your definition of “here” since your question is in the “Words & Wordplay” catagory and not [email protected] or @nswerz. 😉

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