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    Default Is the grammar really atrocious?

    Hi there I wrote this on youtube:

    "Why do Youtube comments have to be so stupid...? I am just askin'?"

    Where I get told that my grammar is atrocious... I do not really see any grammatical flaws, so could you please help me?

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    I agree, it's not ungrammatical. However, there are mixed registers: formal and informal. We would write: "I'm just askin'" with the contraction in 'I am' along with the lazy "askin.'" Or, just eliminate the 'I'm":
    ....just askin'.

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    The puntuation is a mess though. Why the dots before the first question mark? And "I'm just asking" is a statement so it gets a period and not a question mark. And I think it's YouTube, isn't it? I can't open it from work to confirm that, so I may be nuts.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    The puntuation is a mess though. Why the dots before the first question mark? And "I'm just asking" is a statement so it gets a period and not a question mark. And I think it's YouTube, isn't it? I can't open it from work to confirm that, so I may be nuts.
    It's hard to tell whether it's YouTube or You Tube, to be honest. In the logo, "Tube" is encased in a red box but there's no clear space between it and "You".

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    Quote Originally Posted by lo2 View Post
    Hi there I wrote this on youtube:

    "Why do Youtube comments have to be so stupid...? I am just askin'?"

    Where I get told that my grammar is atrocious... I do not really see any grammatical flaws, so could you please help me?
    Was this a response from the person whose comment you called stupid? If so, you should feel lucky that your mother's grammar was not also disparaged.

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    Quote Originally Posted by lo2 View Post
    Hi there I wrote this on youtube:

    "Why do Youtube comments have to be so stupid...? I am just askin'?"

    Where I get told that my grammar is atrocious... I do not really see any grammatical flaws, so could you please help me?


    NOT A TEACHER


    (1) I agree with the other posters. Your grammar is not "atrocious" by a far shot.

    (2) I know no thing about YouTube (and I do not want to know anything about it),

    but I have a suspicion that many of the people who use it are in no position to

    admonish others for their "bad" grammar.

    (3) As the other posters suggested, maybe your sentences just needed a little

    cleaning up:

    Why do YouTube comments have to be so stupid? I am just asking.

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    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    It's hard to tell whether it's YouTube or You Tube, to be honest. In the logo, "Tube" is encased in a red box but there's no clear space between it and "You".
    They do have " 2011 YouTube, LLC" on the bottom of their home page. I guess it's YouTube.

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    YouTube can be useful, Parser.

    I just used it to upload some videos of my daughter in a fencing competition, in a way that is not viewable by anyone other than people who have the links, and send the links to my father so he could watch his granddaughter fence. It would have been very difficult to send him such large files any other way.

    You certainly don't have to spend hours and hours on it, looking at cute kitten videos (although I have) or other people acting stupid (which I have not), but it your comment "and I don't want to" was a little sad, in my opinon, because it can be a useful tool.
    I'm not a teacher, but I write for a living. Please don't ask me about 2nd conditionals, but I'm a safe bet for what reads well in (American) English.

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    Quote Originally Posted by Raymott View Post
    They do have " 2011 YouTube, LLC" on the bottom of their home page. I guess it's YouTube.
    Well spotted. YouTube it is. That is how I would have written it without thinking, but I'd never really considered if it was correct.

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    Default Re: Is the grammar really atrocious?

    I was merely pointing to the fact, that the far majority of YouTube (if that is what you say!) comments are stupid, mindless and utterly irrelevant nonsense, and finally I got so fed up with it that I felt the urge to write a comment myself.

    The "I am just askin'?" was an attempt to create a wordplay on "I'm just sayin'...", but I guess it did not really work out, and why I wrote "I am" instead of "I'm" is probably because I usually write out the words, as I prefer that to the other in writing. And no there should probably not be a question mark, but that was because it was kind of a question, and I usually put question marks at the end of sentences that should be perceived as a question, for the sake of the reader.

    So I was just doubtfull as to whether I had missed something obvious, like not having agreement between the subject and the verb. But ok thanks a lot for the help, as always your support is superb, so keep it up!

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