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    #51

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    I'm not in favor of political commentary of any kind. One, there are places for that. Two, the discussion can quickly get out of hand.

    (As it is some posters seem to assume that everybody agrees with their opinion.)
    And three, some users would be hurt even if it's just a language question. Four, the political contents can be easily made unpolitical. You only need to ask "If I say ..., is it correct" without mentioning any political figures or parties.

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    #52

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    It is true that Trump randomly capitalizes words when he Tweets.

    It is also true that capitalizing "People" can be a reference to the People capitalized in the first three words of the US Constitution. "We the People"

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    #53

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by realEnglish View Post
    You only need to ask "If I say ..., is it correct" without mentioning any political figures or parties.
    We ask members to give the source and author/writer of anything they ask about. It's important that we stick to that.
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    #54

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Piscean View Post
    We ask members to give the source and author/writer of anything they ask about. It's important that we stick to that.
    I agree, and the source can be posted in a link for users to read if they wish to. I don't think there's a need to post irrelevant parts of quotes or tweets, or to give screenshots of them.
    Remember - if you don't use correct capitalisation, punctuation and spacing, anything you write will be incorrect.

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    #55

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by realEnglish View Post
    And three, some users would be hurt even if it's just a language question. Four, the political contents can be easily made unpolitical. You only need to ask "If I say ..., is it correct" without mentioning any political figures or parties.
    First, I am not at all sure why anybody would be hurt by a language question. Second, it's political content.
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    #56

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by Tarheel View Post
    First, I am not at all sure why anybody would be hurt by a language question.
    I still remember an article (but can't remember where it is now) saying Winston Churchill sacrificed some troops unnecessarily, and later the survivors found out and they hated Churchill so much that they couldn't even hear his name.

    Imagine one of the survivors becomes a forum user and he sees a thread asking about a quote from Churchill.

    That's just an example.

    Personally, I go to political forums to talk about politics and avoid anything sounding political in other forums.

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    #57

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by kadioguy View Post
    If so, the moderator should delete the particular, political argument post, rather than the whole thread. A thread can be used for future references once the question in it gets solved. Simply closing the thread would be another choice.
    I found that it should have been "for future reference" (uncountable).
    I am not a teacher. If there is anything ungrammatical in my post, please correct it. I am grateful for your help.

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    #58

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Try:

    He got upset when he heard his (Churchill's) name.
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    #59

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    I have undeleted the thread in question with the screenshot removed.

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    #60

    Re: Political content doesn't mean political discussion

    Quote Originally Posted by SoothingDave View Post
    It is true that Trump randomly capitalizes words when he Tweets.

    It is also true that capitalizing "People" can be a reference to the People capitalized in the first three words of the US Constitution. "We the People"
    I didn't read that as a quote of the Constitution. And the Constitution was written in the eighteenth century, when (a) there were no guidelines for when to use capitals and (b) writers tended to capitalize a lot of things, especially nouns.

    What was correct then isn't necessarily correct now.
    I'm not a teacher. I speak American English. I've tutored writing at the University of Southern Maine and have done a good deal of copy editing and writing, occasionally for publication.

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