Discussion in 'Off-Topic Chat' started by rutty, May 28, 2004.

  1. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    I always spell that wrong you know. Separate just doesn't look right to me. </random>
  2. Big Twigge

    Big Twigge Active Member

    I'm never sure on which it is either (although when I saw the thread, and before I knew what it was about I thought it was spelt wrongly)
    Practise/practice always gets me...which in correct, which is the American spelling which isn't?!
  3. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    I think one is a noun and one a verb ie "To practice a cornet" and "A doctor's Practise" but not sure which way they go round!
    That's how i interpreted my english teacher's ramblings at school anyway!
  4. Darth_Tuba

    Darth_Tuba Active Member

    Both are correct. Practise is the verb and Practice is the noun I think. Hence a dental practice and I am going to practise some scales. May be wrong though. :D
  5. Darth_Tuba

    Darth_Tuba Active Member

    Beat me to it. Although I think I had 'em the right way round.
  6. louise0502

    louise0502 Member

    Yep, you did. I remember it's the same as 'to advise' and 'some advice', which are actually said differently too. i.e. 'to practise' and 'some practice'.

    Also, there's a rat in separate!
  7. TuTuKu

    TuTuKu Active Member

    Think you do! it's just i always thnk "to practise..." looks wrong and should look better with a c!

    Ooo and affect and effect i can never remember which way round they are and just go on what looks best!
  8. akwarose

    akwarose Active Member

    another one that gets me......guarantee. i always spelt it garantee.......hmm

    and rhythm. i always think there should be a 'y' before the m!!!
  9. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    . . . and the dentist is going to practise some de-scaling in her practice :shock: :oops: :wink:
  10. louise0502

    louise0502 Member

    here's another one - definitely, not definately!
  11. akwarose

    akwarose Active Member

    yeh, i only jus started spellin that one right, after 11 years of compulsory schooling :shock:

    only did it coz my english teacher told me the right way
  12. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Did your English teacher not tell you how to spell it correctly, how to use the shift key on the keyboard, and how to put the final letters on words like "just" and "spelling" :?: :wink: :lol:
  13. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    My English teacher had a thing about that word - she gave us loads of spelling tests until we all got it right!! Now I never spell it wrong, but ALWAYS notice when other people spell it with an a instead of an i :roll: !!!
  14. louise0502

    louise0502 Member

    Yeah my english teacher gave us a spelling test (which i thought i'd do quite well in) on words we always get wrong and i got 11 out of 20! I had no idea about most of them, i just always thought it was spelt with an 'a'.
  15. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    Reminds me of the old quizz question: "Antiparliamentarydisestablishmentarianism is a very long word - spell it" :wink:
  16. Brian Bowen

    Brian Bowen Active Member

    And while we're talking about spelling, the most persistent error one sees on tMP is probably:

    your when you mean you're


    Your [= something belonging to you] instrument is silver.

    You're [= you are] going to like that silver instrument.

  17. PeterBale

    PeterBale Moderator Staff Member

    The second most comon one may be the incorrect use of "its" over "it's". It is an awkward one, as it doesn't follow the normal rules for the use of the apostrophe, but "it's" should be limited to what would normally be written as "it is".

    In other words, you can say of the cornet: "It's a silver cornet"

    but you should say: "Its plating is silver, rather than gold". :wink:
  18. rutty

    rutty Active Member

    My mobile phone predictive text jobby doesn't seem to know the word "isn't" for some reason. Plus if I want to use the word "I've" (I always use the apostrophes even when texting) it seems to think that there's a word that starts "I'o..." seeing as that's the first varient it gives me.

    Stupid phone :(
  19. Liz Courts

    Liz Courts Active Member

    As my English teacher used to say to us, "'It' can never own anything... :( " Then we would all cry :cry: because it's (it is!) sad!!!! Poor it...
  20. Straightmute

    Straightmute Active Member

    Don't write 'alot' when you mean 'a lot'.

    Don't say 'less' when you mean 'fewer'.

    Then we can be friends.


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