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Old Mar 31st 2016, 6:47 am
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Is the pits. I received two letters today from HMRC both had a spelling mistake, one also had a grammatical error. That makes them IT illiterate too in the days of spell checkers.

I just told my English wife one of the hens had karked it and she looked blank.

Just glad I was NZ educated :-)
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Is the pits. I received two letters today from HMRC both had a spelling mistake, one also had a grammatical error. That makes them IT illiterate too in the days of spell checkers.

I just told my English wife one of the hens had karked it and she looked blank.

Just glad I was NZ educated :-)
Why the capitalisation of 'is' as it is simply a continuation of the title, so should have been in lower case? I'm so glad I had an English education.
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Why the capitalisation of 'is' as it is simply a continuation of the title, so should have been in lower case? I'm so glad I had an English education.
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......and a comma after 'HMRC'.....I am so glad I was also educated in England.
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Why the capitalisation of 'is' as it is simply a continuation of the title, so should have been in lower case? I'm so glad I had an English education.
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If you had received a NZ education you would appreciate that the second sentence in para one is dodgy as well - just put in for the pedants :-)

Now should it be 'a' or 'an' NZ education (does one vocalise it in full when reading in which case the first or it sounds wrong).
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I generally find that you are unsure of the grammar you should re-write the sentence. It's quicker and you'll probably get a cleaner result.
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I generally find that if you are unsure of the grammar you should re-write the sentence. It's quicker and you'll probably get a cleaner result.
What happened to the missing 'if'
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What happened to the missing 'if'
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I left school 55 years ago in NZ (at the age of 14). Just imagine how good my English could have been if I had been educated in English schools till 18, I might not have been able to spell grammar :-)
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I left school 55 years ago in NZ (at the age of 14).
That explains your use of the 1970s slang, "to kark it."
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That explains your use of the 1970s slang, "to kark it."
Widely used - did you use Wiki to check it? It either derives from the call of the carrion crow or 'carcase' but strictly Australasian (to my surprise).

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Grammarly is a wonderful tool.
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People in glasshouses shouldn't throw stones.
As an old codger, I claim pedants' privilege... to draw a distinction between "glasshouses" and "glass houses". The residents of glasshouses are tomatoes, ordinarily; it is residents of glass houses who are commonly advised not to throw stones.
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As an old codger, I claim pedants' privilege... to draw a distinction between "glasshouses" and "glass houses". The residents of glasshouses are tomatoes, ordinarily; it is residents of glass houses who are commonly advised not to throw stones.
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