Oh I had to come back. NEW CHAPTER OF BLACK LAGOON RELEASED.after 2 years of hiatus.
That's quite bad. That said, if I was given a bunch of exercises on proper use of the semi-colon, I'd probably score pretty low.
I think my grammar is pretty bad, though I haven't taken any tests recently. I just type/write what I would say; semi-colons indicating a new sentence or break, commas with a brief pause.
English grammar irritates me to no end. And I generally tend to be fairly grammatically correct in speech since I learned English before I learned to communicate in English. We should just scrap half of the rules since they serve no purpose.
I was only talking about English. History is ok.
Guys it's not that our (as in us Canadians) grammar is terribly bad, it's just that we haven't really learned the nuances. We have trouble remembering those terms, like predicate, etc. etc. so in more advanced sentences we wouldn't be able to identify sentence structure.
I've no problems with semi-colons whatsoever, and I find them to be very useful at times.
Maybe trite was the intended word?
I have no problems with semicolons whatsoever; I find them to be very useful at times.
Rote memorization is a skillset, but how much longer will it be one? We already have 99% of the knowledge of the world in our pocket. How much longer until we have it plugged right into our brains?
As for adapting to rules, that is something people need to know, but I don't think language is the appropriate place to teach it. Language has a primary function that is very important, and if we are strict with rules, it won't serve it's primary function effectively. There is a good reason why people don't speak with proper grammar: it's a pain and requires exerting a lot of pointless effort. Why not obliterate pointless rules completely?
Actually I was just talking about related stuff with a friend. Why don't we just acknowledge that "whom" is the formal form of "who" instead of insisting about noun cases? Why don't we just do the same with I/me, etc? It is already used that way.