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During your writing sample... get into the habit of using the following words correctly:Their vs There vs They're and Your vs You're. Technically, I'm not even sure if this constitutes grammar. Its basically a spelling issue. Its a simple mistake, but it really sticks out like a sore thumb. :p

Every time I see one of these mixups, I cringe. Its like fingernails scratching a chalkboard. :eek:
 

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Terpskins99 said:
During your writing sample... get into the habit of using the following words correctly:Their vs There vs They're and Your vs You're. Technically, I'm not even sure if this constitutes grammar. Its basically a spelling issue. Its a simple mistake, but it really sticks out like a sore thumb. :p

Every time I see one of these mixups, I cringe. Its like fingernails scratching a chalkboard. :eek:
their, their, Terp.

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Terpskins99 said:
Every time I see one of these mixups, I cringe. Its like fingernails scratching a chalkboard. :eek:
Seriously, I think your overreacting.

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Terpskins99 said:
Their vs There vs They're and Your vs You're.
My eyes!!! MY EYES!!! :scared:

It's vs.

Please remember to place the dot next time you dare to abbreviate versus!
Terpskins99 said:
Technically, I'm not even sure if this constitutes grammar. Its basically a spelling issue. Its a simple mistake, but it really sticks out like a sore thumb. :p
Think about the children!!! You meant to write it's!
Terpskins99 said:
Every time I see one of these mixups, I cringe. Its like fingernails scratching a chalkboard. :eek:
NOT AGAIN!!! :scared:

YOUR* not a grammarian!!!










*improper usage deliberate. Also, don't take me too seriously. :D :p
 

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:laugh: at Phil. :laugh:

You can avoid that by NOT using contactions, which is proper, anyway. Even when I use contractions in writing, I say the long version in my head. I'll be writing "you're," but I'll be thinking, "you are."
 

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Phil Anthropist said:
It's vs.

Please remember to place the dot next time you dare to abbreviate versus!
Personally, I like "v." <-Ooo, so is that period ending my sentence, or abbreviating "versus"??? :laugh:

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A question about punctuation

Is it not true that if you put three periods at the end of a sentence it make it more offical???

I think it is....
(Very official)

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UNTlabrat said:
:laugh: at Phil. :laugh:

You can avoid that by NOT using contactions, which is proper, anyway. Even when I use contractions in writing, I say the long version in my head. I'll be writing "you're," but I'll be thinking, "you are."
Haha. Talk about a spelling error.
 

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Elements of Style by Strunk & White is an excellent 105 page book to read before writing your personal essay. Nicely written book on avoiding common grammatical errors.


ISBN: 020530902X
 
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Your all a buncha meanies. Theirs no need four sarcasms. Im just trying too be helpfull. Thats is all.
 

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Hey Terpskins,

Don't mind us we are all goobers!

That is a cool avatar... SNIPER KITTY...

Where did you get it?

:cool:

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VPDcurt said:
Haha. Talk about a spelling error.
:oops:

More like, lack of eye/hand coordination and typing skills. :oops: :laugh:


This thread is about grammar, anyway (not spelling). :p
 

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Another pet peeve that I have is:

"My friends and me went to the store"

and

"The kitty came to the store with my friends and I."

My eyes bleed when I see people type or hear people say either of ^ these.
 

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The most important section of the MCAT is undoubtedly the Writing Sample. MCAT studying should be spent only on the Writing Sample. It is the sole criterion that adcoms weigh in the admissions process. Do you want to go to med school? Study for the writing sample. Spend at least three hours working on six Writing Sample prompts every day from now until the MCAT. "Is it worth it?" you ask. A score of 14T is viewed much more favorably than a 36P. For every moment that you waste studying for the physical, biological, and verbal sections, somewhere in the country another premed is studying for that magical "T" on the Writing Sample. :eek:



:p :p :p



P.S. Hi labrat! :D

Edit: I want to apologize for not writing this message in Thesis-Antithesis-Synthesis format. :(
 

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Their they're, it will all be better soon. Its hard but soon you will become contented.
 

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Terpskins99 said:
Your all a buncha meanies. Theirs no need four sarcasms. Im just trying too be helpfull. Thats is all.
:laugh:

BTW, I looooove your avatar. Like someone else said, sniper kitty, LOL
 

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OK I realize that this is an MCAT forum, but given the nature of the thread, I think this will go over well.. It will also give you a break from your studying. Also, isn't there poetry on the test this year?? Maybe this will improve your verbal skills!! Enjoy :D



THE ENGLISH LESSON



We'll begin with box, and the plural is boxes;
But the plural of ox should be oxen, not oxes.
Then one fowl is goose, but two are called geese,
Yet the plural of moose should never be meese.

You may find a lone mouse or a whole lot of mice,
But the plural of house is houses, not hice.
If the plural of man is always called men,
When couldn't the plural of pan be called pen?

The cow in the plural may be cows or kine,
But the plural of vow is vows, not vine.
And I speak of a foot, and you show me your feet,
But I give a boot--would a pair be called beet?

If one is a tooth and a whole set are teeth,
Why shouldn't the plural of booth be called beeth?
If the singular is this and plural is these,
Why shouldn't the plural of kiss be called kese?

Then one may be that, and three may be those,
Yet the plural of hat would never be hose;
We speak of a brother, and also of brethren,
But though we say mother, we never say methren.

The masculine pronouns are he, his and him,
But imagine the feminine: she, shis and shim!
So our English, I think you will all agree,
Is the trickiest language you ever did see.

I take it you already know
Of tough and bough and cough and dough?
Others may stumble, but not you
On hiccough, thorough, slough, and through?

Well done! And now you wish, perhaps
To learn of less familiar traps?
Beware of heard, a dreadful word
That looks like beard and sounds like bird.

And dead; it's said like bed, not bead;
For goodness' sake, don't call it deed!
Watch out for meat and great and threat.
(They rhyme with suite and straight and debt.)

A moth is not a moth in mother,
Nor both in bother, broth in brother.
And here is not a match for there.
And dear and fear for bear and pear.

And then there's close and rose and lose--
Just look them up--and goose and choose.
And cork and work and card and ward,
And font and front and word and sword.

And do and go, then thwart and cart.
Come, come, I've hardly made a start.
A dreadful language? Why, man alive,
I'd learned to talk it when I was five,

And yet to write it, the more I tried,
I hadn't learned it at fifty-five!
--anonymous
 

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Man...their's no way your going to get away with this post...I'm pretty sure most of us no how to use the write grammer, thanks.

<snickers>
 

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:smuggrin: So far the best thread for this coming MCAT.