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Show Of Hands March 19th, 2015 1:04pm

If using bad grammar were punishable by jail time, which crime should carry the greater sentence: the use of "there" instead of "they're", or the use of "your" instead of "you're"?

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PresJon South Dakota
03/25/15 7:55 am

I don't think they should go to jail for it! But. They had to it would have to be: there.

Bagreen Texas
03/24/15 9:51 pm

Both answers are driving me crazy!

kenzbt New York
03/22/15 7:30 pm

They're both equally repugnant...... You're welcome!

caboose2050 Blood Gulch
03/22/15 12:20 pm

I can never get your and you're straight. But I'd probably be in trouble either way.

LibertarianPug Texas
03/22/15 9:41 am

You should not use contractions in formal writing.

jimmythebass
03/22/15 9:19 am

Eye is disappointment inn you're gramar

trafficjam89
03/21/15 8:40 am

I thought the FBI was going to break down my door as soon as I touched the answer.

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kanji401 SoCal
03/21/15 12:35 am

Neither. It would be about then and than.

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smulawyer
03/20/15 6:54 pm

What about the people who think every time you add an 's' to something that it requires an apostrophe?

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Danieldeeday VA
03/20/15 12:11 pm

Proper grammar is your duty as a civilized citizen.

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jamjay Atlanta, Ga
03/20/15 8:22 am

Crazy Language and Spelling of words seem so Random.

turtlez a place in Georgia
03/20/15 8:10 am

20 lashings for incorrect spelling and 10 for grammar.

ladyniner81 no hope for humanity
03/20/15 7:40 am

You're forgetting allowed/aloud, good/gud (is gud a word?) That drives me nuts too.

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Shazam Scaramouche, OH
03/19/15 9:29 pm

Gotta go with "There/They're." Your and You're are at least directed at the same subject (you). "There" and "they are" are nothing similar from a language point of view.

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mcsteveroxxx
03/19/15 9:24 pm

You're and your. Until 4th grade, I thought they were the same for some reason... I'm in middle school now.

kealad1
03/20/15 3:24 pm

Your silly
;DDDDDD

kealad1
03/20/15 3:25 pm

Also before someone is dumb and tries to correct that, I did it on purpose.

MaxineL New Jersey
03/19/15 8:40 pm

Double negatives drive me nuts!

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kealad1
03/20/15 3:26 pm

That ain't no issue in my mind.
;)

MaxineL New Jersey
03/20/15 5:27 pm

So I guess they drive you crazy too!

eradicator JC
03/19/15 7:34 pm

"Your" is way more widespread and somewhat understandable. "There" is egregious and stops me in my tracks every time. Unforgivable!

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hoosierwisdom inner voice
03/19/15 7:12 pm

Those are petty crimes. Screw up "I" and "me"? Off with your head!

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moonshot More often I know nothing
03/20/15 9:29 pm

The truly illiterate use me when I should be used; the misguided use I when me should be used.

MissN The Experiment
03/19/15 4:21 pm

I can see the your/you're mixup, but 'there' and 'they're? More like 'there' and 'their,' much more common.

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Arkansas123 Neoconservative
03/19/15 3:31 pm

If the use of bad grammar WERE punishable...

(the question's grammar error)

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JennaAwesome Book Lover
03/19/15 3:18 pm

It hurt me to read the answers

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HPNerd Hogwarts
03/19/15 2:53 pm

They both make me grit my teeth.

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Sloth Grand Rapids, MN
03/19/15 2:36 pm

Your all a bunch of idiots if you voted blue. There trying to get you to vote blue bcuz that's the color of those evil Democrats.

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chance Sirnotappearinginthisfilm
03/19/15 4:26 pm

Spoken like a true Democrat. Excellent work.

scooterman3 Casey, IL
03/19/15 7:00 pm

Didn't know grammatical errors were related to politics...

kittylover2003 Austin tx
03/21/15 8:24 am

Stupid what I we like blue. Your a extreme idiot

BamaGirl ROLL TIDE from Arizona
03/19/15 2:21 pm

Both of those irk me equally...I picked there...not sure why.

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typetype level 2 pretty
03/19/15 2:19 pm

But c'mon. We all know if we were typing on actual keys or writing things out on pen and paper, at least half of all mistakes for those two examples would disappear. So really? Is it really poor grammar or user error? Sounds like bad software imo.

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Maj Worth Economist
03/19/15 4:41 pm

I've actually been a lot more understanding of grammatical errors because of autocorrect. Its, for example, is always autocorrected. You have to break the typing flow to hit the little tag that pops up. It's stupid.

RINOTom Peoria, IL
03/19/15 1:34 pm

Your/you're. At LEAST there are three there/their/they're types ... if you screw up your/you're, you are really dumb, LOL.

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MBachmann John 3.16
03/19/15 1:34 pm

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 12:49 pm

Definitely the misused possessive "your." It is more confusing to readers, and therefore more egregious.

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DerekWills Lone Star Gun Rights
03/19/15 4:54 pm

But Officer Tom, theyir're are three "there's" Versus only two "your's."

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 10:16 pm

True, Derek, but I'm talking about the effect of the incorrect choice on the innocent reader, not the potential frequency of errors.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 10:16 pm

Thanks, Bama!

tblazer01
03/19/15 12:26 pm

When grading college papers, I take extra points off for using the wrong homonym.

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typetype level 2 pretty
03/19/15 2:26 pm

Eewwww.... That's only legit for English, Communications, or an upper level course required for a writing intensive major. 😬But I guess that also means students aren't proof reading, or have trouble proof reading. 😕

orgblu10 Shamerica
03/19/15 12:10 pm

Using apostrophes in plurals should carry an even greater penalty.

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TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 12:51 pm

Absolutely! Death.

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orgblu10 Shamerica
03/19/15 12:53 pm

Seriously, if you made it through elementary school, you have no excuse.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 1:27 pm

Your TEACHERS have no excuse for socially promoting you without mastery of the material. I fought this all the time teaching high school English to students who shouldn't have left third grade.

mim formerly 97123
03/19/15 12:07 pm

👆Grammar Police… not ashamed to say it.

Congressman Louisiana
03/19/15 12:11 pm

You should write yourself a ticket then. That second sentence after the ellipsis should have started with a capital letter.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
03/19/15 12:32 pm

And there's a space. I probably shouldn't have started a question with 'and'. Fuck!

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 12:54 pm

Officer 97123 — Welcome aboard!

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orgblu10 Shamerica
03/19/15 3:24 pm

"Second sentence"? Mr. Congressman, I don't believe "Grammar Police" constitutes a sentence. Another ticket? 😃

Congressman Louisiana
03/19/15 3:33 pm

It's technically a complete sentence. Length is irrelevant.

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 10:31 pm

97123 wrote an "implied sentence," which would be contextually understood as, "I'm in the Grammar Police." Experts would differ as to its legitimacy, but it's becoming more common in contemporary usage, so I'm OK with it. :o)

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/19/15 10:35 pm

We should note that it's not MUCH different from the second implied (or incomplete, if you prefer) sentence, which lacks the implied subject/verb contraction "I'm".

orgblu10 Shamerica
03/19/15 10:38 pm

Thanks for the ruling, your honor!

TomLaney1 Jesus is Lord
03/20/15 2:02 am

Jist doin' mah job, pilgrim! :^D

Zod Above Pugetropolis
03/19/15 10:40 am

The misuse of there/they're seems more obvious and less common, so that one. Pretty much nobody wouldn't see a problem with "Don't forget your books, there right over they're."

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Christian1459 Cookin Trouble
03/19/15 10:30 am

I didn't want to pick either. You're is on right side and left is they're. XD But yes, be sentenced to jail for bad grammar. 😎

Christian1459 Cookin Trouble
03/19/15 10:33 am

I want to say the you're, because I see it constantly as "your". Ex- No, your the man.

Spiritof76 USA 1776
03/19/15 10:28 am

There, because there are three possible infractions here, there, their, and they're.

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DuckAndCower
03/19/15 11:11 am

Your, you're, and yore?

Spiritof76 USA 1776
03/19/15 12:57 pm

Ha, forgot that one, but who uses it.

DuckAndCower
03/19/15 2:37 pm

Pretty much just the kind of people who use the phrase "days of yore," I think. Well, that and the kind of people who like to get nitpicky in grammar threads.

malibog 12309
03/19/15 10:11 am

Both deserve equal punishment because it is so easy to test.

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Congressman Louisiana
03/19/15 10:09 am

Both should be punishable by death.

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CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
03/19/15 12:03 pm

Death is too good for these people. 5 years of torture first

Wooperth Blue Dog Democrat
03/19/15 12:25 pm

Nothing should be punished by death.

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
03/19/15 12:32 pm

Woopert your name should be Wooosh-pert

Wooperth Blue Dog Democrat
03/19/15 9:40 am

The biggest error that no one realizes this the difference of "their" and "him or her."

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Wooperth Blue Dog Democrat
03/19/15 9:40 am

Whoops, meant to say "is" instead of "this."

sirLongStride
03/19/15 9:18 am

Republicans all like; "I dun get it.."

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sirLongStride
03/19/15 9:43 am

"It a libtard conspersee. Off with there heds!"

DuckAndCower
03/19/15 11:11 am

Guessing someone doesn't follow tlaney...

KAnne Atlantic City, NJ
03/19/15 8:55 am

Your/you're should be easier, I think

fifeSymington Rose City
03/19/15 8:53 am

Hahaha, if the use of bad grammar *were*...

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JJJSchmidt San Marcos
03/19/15 8:37 am

Those are both annoying, but the far worse crime would be using "to" when you mean "too" or "two".

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EarlyBird Portland
03/19/15 8:52 am

Over their is two far!

JJJSchmidt San Marcos
03/19/15 9:14 am

Actually, two↔️too is not quite as bad. At least those are actually pronounced the same.

DuckAndCower
03/19/15 11:24 am

You don't pronounce the others the same way?

JJJSchmidt San Marcos
03/19/15 2:06 pm

No. Too and two are always pronounced /tu/. To on the other hand (unless you're referring to the word itself) is always unstressed and thus pronounced /tə/.

DuckAndCower
03/19/15 2:34 pm

Weird, you're right. I never noticed that.

professorwho Madness and Genius
03/19/15 8:37 am

The grammar nazi army shall be arriving soon.

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jlong105 Indiana
03/19/15 8:28 am

There and they're aren't related it should carry the stronger punishment. Your and you're punishment should be equal to their and they're.

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voc I am...what I am
03/19/15 8:26 am

I love this pole. Youse guys make me laugh. Your right. Their should be jail time for all that. Pacificly, the use of thar in place of thayr.

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berniefreex44 Elsmere, KY
03/19/15 8:38 am

I hate you. 😲

CoffeeNow Powderpuff Leftist
03/19/15 8:49 am

Urge to kill rising....rising...

voc I am...what I am
03/19/15 9:26 am

Glad I kan make alls you're days.

NotHomeYet formerly fgw0369
03/19/15 8:22 am

I find them eligible of equal punishment.

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unforgivnn
03/19/15 8:11 am

They're definitely shouldn't be grammar police, even if people get things wrong and your annoyed by mistakes there making. You shouldn't judge, sitting over their on you're high horse.

(That should get me life without parole!)

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Sarahbelle2494
03/19/15 7:50 am

Uggghhhh, hate both!!

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