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    Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Look at this comment I received somewhere:

    The term is "Islamic", not "Islamatic" (that sounds like a household device you'd see on a late night TV commercial: "The new, amazing Islamatic for $19.99! it slices, it dices! Perform your own home circumcisions!"


    Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Thank you.

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    Re: Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    The ending "matic" was used on a lot of things that seemingly did things "automatically" and were therefore easy to use. The chop-o-matic might me the name of a device that claims to chops things so easily it's like it's done by itself, automatically. When you used the wrong ending, it reminded the writer of those types of things.
    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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    Re: Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post



    Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Thank you.
    Can you tell what is wrong with the way you phrased your question?
    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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    Re: Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Let me think. Should it be "Why would the word Islamatic sound like a household device"? Please correct me if I am wrong.

    Quote Originally Posted by Barb_D View Post
    Can you tell what is wrong with the way you phrased your question?

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    Re: Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    Let me think. Should it be "Why would the word Islamatic sound like a household device"? Please correct me if I am wrong.
    Yes. That is the correct construction for a question.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    I sometimes can't help making this kind of mistake. In Chinese, one can add a character at the end of a sentence, and, by changing the tone when speaking, make it an interrogative sentence.

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Yes. That is the correct construction for a question.

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    Re: Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    I sometimes can't help making this kind of mistake.
    That's why (in part, I guess) you joined this Forum, right? The best way to avoid mistakes is to practice a lot. Just don't falter: you will overcome!
    Please be aware that I'm neither a native English speaker nor a teacher.

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    Re: Why Islamatic would sound like a household device?

    Quote Originally Posted by victor su View Post
    I sometimes can't help making this kind of mistake. In Chinese, one can add a character at the end of a sentence, and, by changing the tone when speaking, make it an interrogative sentence.
    In spoken English and when writing dialogue, that is possible. We can say "You're going home" and raise the tone of our voice at the end of the sentence to make it clear that it is a question - this is "questioning intonation". However, we don't use it in normal written English prose.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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