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    Hello. could you please help me out with this question ? if there was a party yesterday and my friends attended it but i didn't , and the next day when i meet them they tell me all about how fun it was and i say: HOW COULD I MISS IT or HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED IT which one is correct and why? much obliged
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    Re: question

    Quote Originally Posted by andi harper View Post
    HOW COULD I HAVE MISSED IT
    I would say the above because I have already missed it, but I am not a teacher.

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    #3

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    I am a teacher and I agree.

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    I agree too.

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    Re: question

    I'd put a question mark at the end.

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    andi harper, please note that a better title would have been How could I miss it? (Caps Lock off)

    Extract from the Posting Guidelines:

    'Thread titles should include all or part of the word/phrase being discussed.'

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    Andi, don't forget to capitalize the first letter of every sentence, and always capitalize the pronoun 'I'.

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    Re: question

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    (Caps Lock off)
    I think this is because of the following, but I am not a teacher.
    'All caps is considered shouting on the internet. Shouting is not polite.'── quoted from http://netiquette.wikia.com/wiki/Rul...t_use_all_caps

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    That's one reason, Matthew.

    Additionally, we want to know whether or not posters can use capital letters correctly in all the right places.

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    Re: question

    Matthew,

    There are two, or more, reasons why Rover_KE probably wrote "(Caps Lock off)":

    The first is probably because, a sentence full of capital letters can be used to hide the fact that you don't know how to punctuate a sentence.

    The second is because it represents shouting, as you mentioned.

    In BrE I would never use the abbreviation "caps", unless I was referring to the key on a mobile phone or computer keyboard. This is how Rover_KE has used it. To me "caps" sounds, and reads, like "text speak".





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    Re: question

    'All caps' is extremely common in AmE, since the key is called the caps lock. Other variants such as 'in caps' are also used.

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