Another Grammar Question?

  Bing.alau 18:54 05 Feb 2013

I am beginning to think that maybe it is me. But every time I see the word "as" instead of "Has" I get a little niggle in my mind.

"He as just gone over to the shops" instead of "He has just gone over to the shops". why a little thing upsets me I do not know. Do other people get these feelings?

I know I am not really in to grammar myself, I winced at school when my teacher used the phrase "Subject and Predicate" at the beginning of an English lesson. I still do not know what it means. So why does this irritate me?

  Forum Editor 23:38 05 Feb 2013

"There is a regular user of these forums who always misses the H in has"

and one who liberally sprinkles his posts with incorrectly used apostrophes

and another who calls a screen a screan

and so on,and so on, but so what?

We could all spend our time criticising others for their lack of grammatical knowledge, or their inability to spell correctly, but that person who doesn't know an adjective from a preposition might leave most of us standing when it comes to Windows7 problems.

We're a virtual community, and we probably represent a reasonable cross-section of society. It takes all sorts, as they say, and perhaps we should exhibit a degree of tolerance and understanding to those who, for one reason or another, don't always do things as we would like them done.

Here endeth the lecture.

  Bing.alau 10:45 06 Feb 2013

"Amen" ...Is that pronounced with an "A" as in the alphabet, or with an "AR"?

I know I am guilty of sprinkling my posts with pars (parentheses may be the correct word) and quotation marks and probably lots of other annoying habits. So "I can't talk" as the saying goes.

I have never heard the saying "Go down the primrose path" but it sounds like a good idea right now.

  morddwyd 16:16 06 Feb 2013

"I have never heard the saying "Go down the primrose path""

That's because you're thick and uneducated, as you've just admitted, not learned and erudite like what us ex-RAF types are!

  Bing.alau 16:32 06 Feb 2013

morddwyd. Very true of course. I bet you have been dying to say that to somebody for years. At least I am aware of my limitations.

  john bunyan 16:43 06 Feb 2013


I think we should be tolerant of our RAF friends (my father and mother were both in it, in Bomber and Coastal Command respectively). We ex RM's know the truth, and to quote from another Shakespeare play, we should not "Cry "Havoc" and let slip the dogs of war" - at least, not yet. (Although I remember being bitten by an RAF police dog once whilst testing the security of an RAF base).Mostly the RAF dropped us in the right place - not always though!

  csqwared 19:29 06 Feb 2013

Taking this a stage further I see on the news tonight (can't find a link) that a school in the North East (Newcastle??) has sent letters home to parents requesting the children don't use slang (i.e. 'nowt'). Personally I have a problem deciding what is 'slang' and what is 'dialect'. Here in GOC, (Yorkshire), 'nowt' would be considered part of the dialect I think, I believe that would go for most of the North East too.

  VCR97 19:50 06 Feb 2013


Agreed. "Nowt" is definitely dialect and not slang.

  flycatcher1 20:25 06 Feb 2013

John Bunyan. I am loathe to correct an ex RM but I doubt that your Mother served in the RAF. Jumping out of perfectly serviceable aircraft has possibly knocked you on the head a few times and you have forgotten that your Mother served in the WAAF.

Incidentally I have just been reading, in the Daily Mail, a pieces about the RM Commandoes in the Korean battle of the Choisen reservoir. What a story, bravery par excellence.

  SillBill 20:37 06 Feb 2013

Not quite, flycatcher1 - this from Wikipedia

"On 1 February 1949, the name was revived when the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, which had been founded in 1939, was renamed the Women's Royal Air Force. The WRAF and the RAF grew closer over the following decades, with increasing numbers of trades opened to women, and the two services formally merged in 1994, marking the full assimilation of women into the British military and the end of the Women's Royal Air Force." Kinda depends on how old John Bunyan is, don'tcha think! lol

  Bing.alau 20:42 06 Feb 2013

flycatcher1. Yes that's because I was there, well somebody had to help our American friends out I suppose.

Incidentally, I always thought that the WRAF were part of the RAF. Just as the WRNS were part of the Royal Navy. Weren't the WAAF the auxiliary Air force? Did they have two separate arms or is it just the way the cookie crumbled?

I do know that the womens' branches of the services did and still do a marvellous job. But us plain other ranks were not allowed near them, Officers only seemed to be the order of the day. I talk to an ex-jenny WREN every week in our Navy club and we often have a laugh about that. She takes it in good humour.

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