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Getting one's groove back

So virtually every trucker in Victoria has whistled to me from their vehicles in the past 24 hours. And a cute waitress chick complimented by sexy hooded red velvet coat (with silver wings on the back, I might add). And I had coffee with a guy I knew from highschool who is now a very ace person, and discovered that he knows SO MANY OF YOU PEOPLE that I don't believe him - a joint meeting between us and you must be organised. AND!!! It looks like I will sign some AWA papers which will give me something like a $0.05/hour pay rise (and over-time pay, as it turns out).

In the words of reinzero; Booya.


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Dec. 16th, 2004 05:16 am (UTC)
Can I nitpick a phrase you use a lot?

Every time you say passed few hours, passed few days, passed XYZ, I flinch..

You should be saying the 'past few days', as past is an adjective and passed is a verb (well, the past tense of the verb pass).
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:28 am (UTC)
Grammer Nazi!
I thought I was bad! Thankyou for the informative lesson in English what-sits. Ta.
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:33 am (UTC)
Re: Grammer Nazi!
I normally don't worry, but she says that particular phrase fairly often...
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:34 am (UTC)
While I agree with you, and I've changed it, I was under the impression that I was technically correct with my usage, as I was referring to time which had passed (past tense of pass). It's one that always confuses me, and I always *think* I have it the right way around (but obviously I don't)...
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:41 am (UTC)
You can say "the day passed quickly" - if you're talking about the unit of time actually passing, that's fine. Otherwise, you're referring to a unit of time that happens to be in the past, and describe it as the "past 24 hours" because that's where it is :)
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:43 am (UTC)
Nicely put.
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:44 am (UTC)
Can you not say "in the last 24 hours which have passed"? Because that is the way that I mean "passed" in this context.

I only feel the need to restate this misunderstanding on my behalf (having already admitted to and corrected my error) because you brought up the issue again. I still admit that my grammar was incorrect.
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:46 am (UTC)
>> Can you not say "in the last 24 hours which have passed"? <<

You can absolutely say that, but if you mean that you have to say it not imply it. English being English doesn't have consistent rules for when you can do that sort of thing ^_^

We're not picking on you here, just chatting because it's 4:45 and nobody is doing work ;)
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:53 am (UTC)
Well, I'm feeling picked on because you are all nit-picking my grammatical errors even after I have agreed that I was incorrect and corrected the error in question. That sounds like picking to me.

And, dispite the fact I agree that I was incorrect, when people are writing or speaking casually, they use many implications and shortcuts to their writing/speach. I would like to think I still have that right.
Dec. 16th, 2004 06:07 am (UTC)
Just because you admitted the error doesn't mean the conversation is over - what it means is that the conversation is no longer about you making the error, it becomes a conversation about the *class* of error, how it works, sly digs at the crapness of the English language from people whose linguistic accomplisments are limited to Year 10 Indonesian and the like.

We're not nit-picking anything (other than in the first post), just talking.
Dec. 16th, 2004 08:15 am (UTC)
English is just one big munge. It's not a common munge to use passed in a contracted form where most people would use past. The spelling one that randomly bugs me the most is discreet vs discrete... I rarely see discreet used instead of discrete, but I often see discrete used instead of discreet, and it always makes me go "argh!"
Dec. 16th, 2004 05:34 am (UTC)

I'm imagining what you must look like, and am therefore whistling too. :)
Dec. 16th, 2004 07:07 am (UTC)
be very careful of AWAs. Most retail outlets are bringing them in to defeat the new awards being offered in Victoria. You may actually be entitled to a lot more by not signing (or maybe not, just .... check around)
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