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  1. #16
    Rob
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    Re: Flextel email ~ what do I do?


    "jaakson" <[email protected]> wrote in message
    news:[email protected]
    >I an email from Flextel of their latest news release.
    >
    > This is the text: http://www.flextel.co.uk/press/news.html
    >
    > What am I supposed to do?


    Do you have an adult to ask, or do you turn to a newsgroup each time
    a decision is to be made? No wonder there are so many helpless, useless
    people in this country that demand everyone else thinks for them.





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  2. #17
    Larousse
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    Re: Flextel email ~ what do I do?

    On Sat 17 May 2008 10:33:28, Andrew Gabriel wrote:

    > In article <[email protected]>,
    > "Tim Clark" <[email protected]> writes:
    >>
    >> The problem of confusing singular/plural and their possessive
    >> forms is no longer confined to just greengrocers. Unfortunately,
    >> it is no longer considered important. So when Flextel write
    >> seeking help from their customer, one is no longer expected to
    >> take what they say at face value, and wonder why they only have
    >> one customer. Instead the reader is meant to be concentrating on
    >> any flashy surrounding graphics. The recipients of these
    >> communications are expected to be as illiterate as the sender.
    >> Pretty pictures are therefore considered far more important in
    >> any announcement.

    >
    > I wonder if schools even bother teaching this anymore?
    >
    > I think the plural possessive trailing apostropie is now so
    > rarely used correctly that a significant proportion of
    > readers who notice it would think it was a typing error. I
    > do still instinctively use it, but I then find myself doing a
    > double take on what I've written, and asking myself if that
    > apostrophie is likely to help most of my readership comprehend
    > the sentence, and deciding it probably doesn't. On that basis,
    > I reluctantly suspect it's a piece of punctuation best left
    > behind in the 20th century.
    >


    I think the sweetest error is to use "asterix" for "asterisk".



  3. #18
    Bob Eager
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    Re: Flextel email ~ what do I do?

    On Sun, 18 May 2008 00:47:50 UTC, Larousse <[email protected]> wrote:

    > I think the sweetest error is to use "asterix" for "asterisk".


    Yes, I love that one. They'll be saying that Cleopatra's Needle is an
    obelix next...

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    Bob Eager
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  4. #19
    Adrian C
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    Re: Flextel email ~ what do I do?

    Rob wrote:
    > Do you have an adult to ask, or do you turn to a newsgroup each time
    > a decision is to be made? No wonder there are so many helpless, useless
    > people in this country that demand everyone else thinks for them.
    >


    You are not a very good troll, are you Tiscali Idiot?!

    --
    Adrian C



  5. #20
    Iain
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    Re: Flextel email ~ what do I do?

    jaakson wrote:

    > Who else apart from Flextel and YAC are providing free portable numbers
    > but at less cost for callers?


    viop.co.uk, sipgate.co.uk - not intended as portable numbers, of course.



  6. #21
    Iain
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    Re: Flextel email ~ what do I do?

    Andrew Gabriel wrote:

    > I wonder if schools even bother teaching this anymore?


    Very definitely, some do. The literacy hour had a huge impact on some
    schools, and the results are now beginning to reach school leaving age.
    Children leaving school able to write grammatically correct English -
    something we've not seen for decades!



  7. #22
    Oliver W
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    Re: Flextel email ~ what do I do?

    In message <[email protected]>, Andrew Gabriel
    <[email protected]> writes
    >
    >I think the plural possessive trailing apostropie is now so
    >rarely used correctly that a significant proportion of
    >readers who notice it would think it was a typing error. I
    >do still instinctively use it, but I then find myself doing a
    >double take on what I've written, and asking myself if that
    >apostrophie is likely to help most of my readership comprehend
    >the sentence, and deciding it probably doesn't. On that basis,
    >I reluctantly suspect it's a piece of punctuation best left
    >behind in the 20th century.


    1.
    So, are the following best left behind?
    "The parents' intentions for their children to have a good education..."
    "The voters' opinions were clear in the election results."

    2.
    Each of the above sentences contains an apostrophe, not an apostropie or
    an apostrophie.
    (Yes, I know, nothing to do with telecomms.)
    --
    Oliver
    (replies to the "Reply-to:" address will reach me;
    unless spam is sent to it, after which all its mail will
    be discarded}.



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