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Re: Electrical English Department
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:55:07 PM
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@betajet: ...so that I can get to my myriad obligations...

Like ironing your Hawaiian shirt in preparation for EE Live! LOL

 

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Re: Electrical English Department
betajet   3/21/2014 4:49:29 PM
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Well, I obviously could care a lot less about English usage :-)  If fact, it would be a good idea for me to care less so that I can get to my myriad obligations :-)

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Re: Ici on parle français
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:47:26 PM
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@jjulian: But that reminds me of the koala who "eats shoots and leaves" :)

I think that was the first book on punctuation I've ever read that made me laugh out loud ... and taught me a lot of stuff along the way.

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Re: Electrical English Department
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:45:25 PM
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@betajet: Sorry, Max, I can't resist...

Dang -- hoisted by my own thingamabob.

I'll give you the "a myriad" one -- however, in the case of could vs. couldn't care less, although you are obviously technically correct, my version would also be accepted by many members of today's readership.

 

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Re: Ici on parle français
jjulian274   3/21/2014 4:42:43 PM
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in these days with a trend toward minimilist punctuation, you could miss them all out

But that reminds me of the koala who "eats shoots and leaves" :)

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Re: Ici on parle français
jjulian274   3/21/2014 4:40:57 PM
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Re: Ici on parle français
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:40:24 PM
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@Jullian: It was the other two...

You could even go with just one comma: Thank you for your kind offer, but unfortunately I won't be attending.

As far as that goes, in these days with a trend toward minimilist punctuation, you could miss them all out and the reader would still get the gist: Thank you for your kind offer but unfortunately I won't be attending.


When I was a kid thsi would have bored me to death -- now I love this stuff LOL

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Re: Electrical English Department
betajet   3/21/2014 4:38:03 PM
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Sorry, Max, I can't resist...

< pedantry >

Because engineers could couldn't care less -- if they really wanted to learn, there are  a  myriad books out there already...

"myriad" doesn't take the article.

< /pedantry>

Update: Seriously, many students go into engineering because they think they won't ever have to write anything.  A typical undergrad curriculum enforces this notion, because most Ugrad engineering courses are all math and diagrams, with no writing.

Then they graduate and hit the real world... and they're completely unprepared for the necessity of clear, unambiguous writing in design specs and data sheets and program comments and technical articles, etc.

Solution?  Hire PhDs.  After writing a dissertation, the rest of those documents are easy.

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Re: Ici on parle français
Max The Magnificent   3/21/2014 4:36:05 PM
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@jjulian: Things should come out as "me friend.  Good talk"

Or "Me friend. You want beer?" LOL

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Re: Ici on parle français
jjulian274   3/21/2014 4:29:36 PM
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But a lot depends on how you would pause when saying it ..

I agree.  And because of that, the first comma wasn't the one I was bothered about.  It was the other two.  I was think of removing the last one to:


Thank you for your kind offer, but, unfortunately I won't be attending.


but that didn't seem to convey what I was thinking.  I think I want to simplify it all.  Things should come out as "me friend.  Good talk"  (LOL)

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