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I generally don't consider myself highly pedantic, but I am always puzzled how identical grammar problems are repeated, be it on BGG, board gaming forums or general internet forums and can never figure out why.

Plural

When referring to multiples of something, use the plural form of the word instead of adding an apostrophe and a letter "S"

Correct: She had the most meeples at the end of the game
Wrong: She had the most meeple's at the end of the game

Correct: I just picked up this domino. Do you think it belongs to your box of dominoes?
Wrong: I just picked up this domino. Do you think it belongs to your box of domino's?


ITS
Without the apostrophe, this word means whatever you are talking about belongs to something

Example: I really love Scythe! I think its artwork is amazing!
Example: If you wish to buy this card, you will have to pay its cost as shown here.

IT'S
With the apostrophe, this word is short for "it is" or "it has"
Example: It's generally a good idea to prevent one player from controlling all the resources. (It is generally a good idea to prevent one player from controlling all the resources)
Example:It's been 1 year since I last played Tokaido. (It has been one year since I last played Tokaido.)

Should of / Could of
These are often used wrongly when someone actually means "should have" and "could have". Why?
Correct: You should have purchased the green tile instead of the yellow one.
Wrong : You should of purchased the green tile instead of the yellow one.
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rubberbands wrote:
I generally don't consider myself highly pedantic, but I am always puzzled how identical grammar problems are repeated, be it on BGG, board gaming forums or general internet forums and can never figure out why.

Plural

When referring to multiples of something, use the plural form of the word instead of adding an apostrophe and a letter "S"

Correct: She had the most meeples at the end of the game
Wrong: She had the most meeple's at the end of the game

Correct: I just picked up this domino. Do you think it belongs to your box of dominoes?
Wrong: I just picked up this domino. Do you think it belongs to your box of domino's?


ITS
Without the apostrophe, this word means whatever you are talking about belongs to something

Example: I really love Scythe! I think its artwork is amazing!
Example: If you wish to buy this card, you will have to pay its cost as shown here.

IT'S
With the apostrophe, this word is short for "it is" or "it has"
Example: It's generally a good idea to prevent one player from controlling all the resources. (It is generally a good idea to prevent one player from controlling all the resources)
Example:It's been 1 year since I last played Tokaido. (It has been one year since I last played Tokaido.)

Should of / Could of
These are often used wrongly when someone actually means "should have" and "could have". Why?
Correct: You should have purchased the green tile instead of the yellow one.
Wrong : You should of purchased the green tile instead of the yellow one.

You forgot some periods.
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I actually really like "should of". It's so wrong, it's right.

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Gee Whiz wrote:
I actually really like "should of". It's so wrong, it's right.



Theirs nothing wrong with that.

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Install the Grammar Nazi mod for BGG. This will automatically correct (or, on the highest setting, delete) any and all offending sentences.
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I could care less.
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Jeremy, I am glad you have posted.

On RSP we discuss without end the brigandy of those seeking to destroy standards.

Upholding punctuation standards is a radical act that demands awareness of BGG contributors in our time.

Grammar patriots to the fore!
 
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Should've, could've, and would've are acceptable in informal communication.
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bltzlfsk wrote:
Should've, could've, and would've are acceptable in informal communication.

Of course, but they are different from their bogus misspellings "should of", "could of" and "would of".
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rubberbands wrote:
I generally don't consider myself highly pedantic, but I am always puzzled how identical grammar problems are repeated, be it on BGG, board gaming forums or general internet forums and can never figure out why.


You've barely scratched the surface of the many English mistakes people make at BGG and elsewhere! You might enjoy the BGG wiki page Common English mistakes.
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rubberbands wrote:
I generally don't consider myself highly pedantic...


Don't sell yourself short, you might be the most pedantic person ever.
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russ wrote:
bltzlfsk wrote:
Should've, could've, and would've are acceptable in informal communication.

Of course, but they are different from their bogus misspellings "should of", "could of" and "would of".


Yes, but they weren't even considered as corrections in the original post.
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I agree.

Pete (really can't pick on people for misusing punctuation, though)
 
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rubberbands wrote:
I generally don't consider myself highly pedantic, but I am always puzzled how identical grammar problems are repeated, be it on BGG, board gaming forums or general internet forums and can never figure out why.

People learn language from other people, so of course deviations from standards are repeated. Idiosyncratic misplaced apostrophes, for example, are' much less common.
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rubberbands wrote:
Should of / Could of
These are often used wrongly when someone actually means "should have" and "could have". Why?


Because incorrect "should of" / "could of" sound like correct "should've" / "could've", so some people mix them up.
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Your all killing me.

Its a very funny thread indeed. Should of seen it sooner.
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Their's know end to this.
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Are we threw yet?
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Are we threw yet?
For all intensive purposes.
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Language is always changing. Technically, the contraction of "should have" is "should've", but most people pronounce it "should of", and they are beginning to spell it that way. Changes like this happen all the time. Here's a fun discussion from the Linguistic Society of America.
http://www.linguisticsociety.org/content/english-changing

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Westie wrote:
Are we threw yet?
For all intensive purposes.


Okay. I don't know what it is, but this one sets me off. I see all the others and laugh, but this... This one is like nails down a chalkboard. Perhaps because the error in this one is actually linked to a complete failure to think about what is being said, whereas the others are generally simple spelling errors (and "could care less" I simply shunt away as "the disease").
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You shouldn't be puzzled why people misuse 'it's'. People are accustomed to adding an apostrophe and 's' to make possessives. The pencil that John bought is John's pencil. It's an easy mistake to assume that 'it's' is possessive and be confused that 'its' is not.

The other errors are harder to understand. It seems very easy to comprehend why this one is commonly made.
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rubberbands wrote:
I generally don't consider myself highly pedantic, but I am always puzzled how identical grammar problems are repeated, be it on BGG, board gaming forums or general internet forums and can never figure out why.

Have you thought about the fact that a good percentage of all users here aren't English native speakers? That might explain a lot!
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