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grammar

Postby alan... » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:54 pm

i understand why about 90% of grammar rules are important. without them language can become very confusing. such as comma placement:

"let's eat grandma." or "let's eat, grandma."

however the one thing i don't get, obviously, is why in the world do we have to capitalize everything??? one of the only times this rule makes sense is if you're talking about a person or thing by name that is also a word. like talking about a man named "bob" while discussing fishing and how the fishing line has that plastic thing called a "bob" on it. if you capitalize "bob" the man then there's no confusion. other than that it seems like a total waste of time and we could all type much faster without the absurd capitalization. i'm not trying to talk people into doing this on dhammawheel specifically, i'm just speaking in general.

now obviously there are more instances where capitalization is important and useful, that's just one example. the most perplexing rule is capitalizing the beginning of every sentence.
is it so we know where each sentence begins? okay, then what are periods, exclamation points and question marks for?

have you been able to read everything on this page with no problem? i imagine so.

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Re: grammar

Postby LonesomeYogurt » Mon Jan 07, 2013 9:58 pm

God, you would hate German.
Gain and loss, status and disgrace,
censure and praise, pleasure and pain:
these conditions among human beings are inconstant,
impermanent, subject to change.

Knowing this, the wise person, mindful,
ponders these changing conditions.
Desirable things don’t charm the mind,
undesirable ones bring no resistance.

His welcoming and rebelling are scattered,
gone to their end,
do not exist.
- Lokavipatti Sutta


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Re: grammar

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Re: grammar

Postby cooran » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:10 pm

Hello alan,

Capital letters
http://wordconstructions.com.au/blog/20 ... letters-2/

I guess it is to prevent confusion, and to have widely accepted rules, rather than personal inclination.

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Re: grammar

Postby Viscid » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:12 pm

I was actually looking at the history of case recently-- and it's a relatively modern convention... Wikipedia: "There was no fixed capitalization system until the early 18th century."

Sentences look nicer when you use proper letter case, and I think it makes it a bit easier to read.
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Re: grammar

Postby Cittasanto » Mon Jan 07, 2013 10:12 pm



He who knows only his own side of the case knows little of that. His reasons may be good, and no one may have been able to refute them.
But if he is equally unable to refute the reasons on the opposite side, if he does not so much as know what they are, he has no ground for preferring either opinion …
...
He must be able to hear them from persons who actually believe them … he must know them in their most plausible and persuasive form.

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Re: grammar

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Re: grammar

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Re: grammar

Postby James the Giant » Tue Jan 08, 2013 12:25 am

Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: grammar

Postby appicchato » Tue Jan 08, 2013 2:40 am

Try Thai on for size...nospacesbetweenwords!... :coffee:

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Re: grammar

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Re: grammar

Postby James the Giant » Tue Jan 08, 2013 4:27 am

Don't worry, it wasn't an insult.
I was making a jibe at conformity and convention and how if someone does something even slightly unusual or against the majority way - like not using capitals- they are judged.
Then,
saturated with joy,
you will put an end to suffering and stress.

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Re: grammar

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