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post #1 of (permalink) Old 09-05-2006, 12:05 PM Thread Starter
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Then/than & alot

I keep seeing the misuse of then for than in many posts. Just to clarify, then is a reference to time, than is used in comparisons.

There is no such word as alot. There is a word allot but that means to divide, distribute or appropriate.

You donít use alittle so you shouldnít use alot.
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Geeze wiz, you musta haved a betterish learner in skool the eye did. Eyed have neverest nowen their wast a diferience.
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Pet Peeve alert!

When I was in college I was ruthless with the use of the word that. It is used far too often and usually incorrectly. When I'd pour over other students papers I was amazed at the their lack of English skills. It made me feel like a virtual (a computer pun...get it?) genius.

Guilty as charged. I just searched through my posts, and I've used the bogus word alot only once. That's not really a lot, so I'll not allot myself punishment.
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I like this and that better now than then.

Words can be invented by almost anyone. If people weren't allowed to make up words, language wouldn't be near as much fun. A few years ago there was no such word as blog or intranet or nanotube. They were created by people who used them alot, before they were words! They caught on, now they are all in Websterís dictionary. Keep checking, alot may be there soon! And a lot more.
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When I'd pour over other students papers

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What were you pouring over the papers? Or were you really poring over them? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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...What were you pouring over the papers? Or were you really poring over them? [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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I was in a Computer Science for my BS, and an MBA/Information Systems program for my Masters. Papers were critical to our grades. The papers showed the extent of our research/experiments and general understanding to the instructors. We were always in the varied steps of paper writing in preparation for the end of the quarter, when the paper came due.

Peer review was a good way to judge if the paper would stand up to instructional critique. There were always four or five of us that would continually critique each other's work. It was also a good opportunity to pick up a tidbit we would otherwise never have know. It was an effort to not only critique, but multiply our knowledge base. More information is always good before you commit on paper to a defensible idea/thought/proposal.

And you thought I was being naughty! Nope... not this time! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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And you thought I was being naughty!

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Nope, I thought you were using the word "pour" when you really meant "pore" and I still do. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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If itís any consolation, Jim, I got it.
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And you thought I was being naughty!

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Nope, I thought you were using the word "pour" when you really meant "pore" and I still do. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]

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You could be correct in some instances, however in this case the word "pour" has a meaning of constant flow... and that's what was happening. We had to really do the critiques fast and furious. Had we the luxury of time then "pore" would have been correct.
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"Pour" as synonym for "swarm"? Well, OK. I'll buy that. Your off the hook! [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]








I'm just funnin'!

And I'm not surprised, Taz. You have a good grasp of the language I've noticed.
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