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    behead, decapitate

    I would like to ask about the verbs behead and decapitate, presumably the exact synonyms.

    1. Why is it written as "Thulsa Doom behead's Conan's mother" instead of "Thulsa Doom beheads Conan's mother"?

    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=huTKdSZMRPg

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Many native Anglophones are confused about when to use apostrophes. They generally use too many rather than too few.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Many native Anglophones are confused about when to use apostrophes. They generally use too many rather than too few.
    This implies the original is wrong.

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    This implies the original is wrong.
    Yes, it is.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Quote Originally Posted by GoesStation View Post
    Many native Anglophones are confused about when to use apostrophes. They generally use too many rather than too few.
    This is very strange to me because this is error of the kind that a before-school-child would do.

    P.S: I do not know which word or phrase express the children not started to school yet.

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Quote Originally Posted by hhtt21 View Post
    This is very strange to me because this is an error of the kind that a before-school-child would make.
    You are expecting too much from pre-school children.

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Apostrophes are misused so much by native speakers in the UK (and probably elsewhere) that people (like me) can join the Apostrophe Protection Society. You need to remember, hhtt21, that most schoolchildren in the UK don't formally learn grammar, spelling or punctuation.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    I'm pretty sure most American schoolchildren are taught a certain amount of grammar. They are all taught spelling and punctuation. As with any kind of teaching, most of the students learn far less than their teachers would like.
    I am not a teacher.

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Quote Originally Posted by emsr2d2 View Post
    Apostrophes are misused so much by native speakers in the UK (and probably elsewhere) that people (like me) can join the Apostrophe Protection Society. You need to remember, hhtt21, that most schoolchildren in the UK don't formally learn grammar, spelling or punctuation.
    This is very strange, even ridiculous to me because if they will not learn such issues in the school, where will they learn them? There are thousands of grammar and vocabulary books for English, are all these books for foreigners?

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    Re: behead, decapitate

    Are we to believe (1) that all infants in Turkey learn the minutiae of Turkish grammar before they go to school, and (2) that all Turkish school leavers are flawless speakers and writers of the language?
    Last edited by Rover_KE; 26-Jun-2017 at 08:47.

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