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Ask Anne: Resolutions for tongue and pen

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Now I suppose Ive offended the QP of T (Question Person of Today) who was being lighthearted. So Ill list a few things that need to be observed for leaving a better impression and for communicating more effectively. Just sayin.


(1) Sort out your verbs. Use the standard forms correctly; dont scramble the principal parts. Its I come, I came, I have come. I see, I saw, I have seen. I go, I went, I have gone. I look, I looked, I have looked. (That last one is regular; the others you have to learn and apply.)


If the subject of a sentence is plural, use a plural verb. If the subject is singular, use a singular verb. He looks, you and he look.


Get your auxiliaries (helping verbs) correct. Done is not one. (Do can be used for emphasis.)


Aint wont do.


(2) Check your pronunciation in a dictionary or with an expert. If youre unsure of a word, dont say it until you are sure.


(3) Similarly, check your spelling. If theres no dictionary available (perhaps you are filling out a job application on site) avoid words you are unsure about the correct spelling. Use words you know. And, dont misspell the expression a lot. Its two (2) words! Built in computer spelling programs cant be trusted to sort out two from too from to.


(4) Use formal language at appropriate times; informal, likewise. You embarrass yourself and others when you mix this up. Slangy, casual expression is often seen as impolite. OMG, oh my God is seen as highly offensive by many, and since it is, for many others, merely a casual exclamation of a usually mild reaction, you should replace it.


Theres always more, but weve got a whole year ahead of us. Happy New Year! And heres something to consider while you welcome the new. This website will tell you how many days OLD you are. (Thanks, M. W.) http://www.korn19.ch/coding/days.php


ONLINE DEPARTMENT (Thanks, M.O.) I dialed a number and got the following recording:I am not available right now, but thank you for caring enough to call.I am making some changes in my life.Please leave a message after thebeep. If I do not return your call,you are one of the changes. Aspire to inspire before you expire.My wife and I had words, but I didn't get to use mine. Frustration is trying to find your glasses without your glasses.Blessed are those who can give without rememberingand take without forgetting.The irony of life is that, by the timeyou're old enough to know your wayaround, you're not going anywhere.God made man before woman so as to give him time to thinkof an answer for her first question.I was always taught to respect my elders, but it keeps getting harder to find one.Every morning is the dawnof a new error.


Comments made in the year 1955! (Thanks, A.G.L.) Sorry we cant have all the great pictures Elvis, Joan Crawford, etc. Ill tell you one thing, if things keep going the way they are, its going to be impossible to buy a weeks groceries for $10.00. Have you seen the new cars coming out next year? It wont be long before $1, 000.00 will only buy a used one. If cigarettes keep going up in price, Im going to quit; 20 cents a pack is ridiculous. Did you hear the post office is thinking about charging 7 cents just to mail a letter? If they raise the minimum wage to $1.00, nobody will be able to hire outside help at the store. When I first started driving, who would have thought gas would someday cost 25 cents a gallon. Guess wed be better off leaving the car in the garage. Im afraid to send my kids to the movies any more. Ever since they let Clark Gable get by with saying a cuss word in Gone with the Wind it seems every new movie has cussing. I read the other day where some scientist thinks its possible to put a man on the moon by the end of the century. They even have some fellows they call astronauts preparing for it down in Texas. Do you believe that? Did you see where some baseball player just signed a contract for $50,000 a year just to play ball? It wouldnt surprise me if someday theyll be making more than the President. I never thought Id see the day all our kitchen appliances would be electric. They are even making electric typewriters now. Its too bad things are so tough nowadays. I see where a few married women are having to work to make ends meet. It wont be long before young couples are going to have to hire someone to watch their kids so they can both work. Im afraid the Volkswagen car is going to open the door to a whole lot of foreign business The drive-in restaurant is convenient in nice weather, but I seriously doubt they will ever catch on. There is no sense going on short trips anymore for a weekend. It costs nearly $2.00 a night to stay in a hotel. No one can afford to be sick anymore. At $15.00 a day in the hospital, its too rich for my blood. If they think Ill pay 30 cents for a hair cut, forget it.

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