Do discussions with typo's and grammatical errors turn you off?

@ronnyb (6125)
Jamaica
November 9, 2008 3:45pm CST
Do you respond to discussions with typo's and grammatical errors or are you turned off?.Do you use the fact that there may be a typo in the discussion as a yardstick for the quality of the content .Finally do grammatical error and typo's take away from the subject matter?
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
9 Nov 08
Frankly, as long as the discussion is really interesting, a few typos and grammatical errors wouldn't be too much. I mean, when you consider the sentence wherein the typo or grammatical error is, you get to understand what the poster meant. I too happen to make typos and grammatical errors sometimes and I'd understand if I read a few ones from those who start discussions here in this site. I am also glad, however that a site like this enables me to practice my typing skills, speed and spelling get developed (^_^ )
@EAStanley (2689)
• United States
9 Nov 08
Yes, I agree. The Discussion being interesting is the most important thing. As long as I understand what the person was trying to say, that is all that matters. I know that a lot of people here are still learning English. I think that they need encouragement! :) And the more you practice, the better you will become! Happy myLotting! :)
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@ratyz5 (7829)
• Philippines
9 Nov 08
Glad that you also agree with that, EAStanley (^_^ )
@mapi26 (549)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
i do not take typographical &/or grammatical errors badly in fact i still do add a comment a comment on it. i'm not turned off at it because i know that i do commit that same mistake as well. it's not a basis of quality because as long as we understand the main context of idea of the mylotter who opened the discussion then that's more than enough. the grammatical error may be getting an attention & could perhaps be one fator that could take the subject matter away but i do believe that regardless of the spelling or the grammar our intelligent brain makes us understand it and this is in fact proven. i understand mylotters here as well as they understand me because this site is international & some are even self-confessed that they're not proficient with the english language and i totally respect that. keep mylotting!
@mapi26 (549)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
just like now i have commited some errors but i know for sure i did typed it correctly (i don't use the preview comment).
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@ememCz (139)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
Hi ronnyb! For me, it's doesn't matter if there are typographical or grammatical errors as long as I can understand the questions. The most important is the line of thoughts or story behind the questions. I believe that there are people here at mylot who are really very busy and sometimes can't proof read their response and there are those who are new to English Language. We all came from different countries and there might be some people who are just starting to learn English. So, for me..it's ok!
@lazeebee (5468)
• Malaysia
10 Nov 08
Nope, I'm not marking English papers here. As long as the person makes sense, and I understand what he or she is trying to communicate, it's fine. You know, some people with perfectly correct English can be boring, and sometimes it's so difficult to understand them behind all those 'grand' words!
@sirrob (4112)
• Philippines
9 Nov 08
Not exactly and I do respond, as I know that this is an international forum and there are a lot who we could say that English is just the second language if not third, or forth. Although sometimes it's hard to understand it but I will just fish between the line to get to the main point.
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• United States
9 Nov 08
Although i do feel that when gramatical errors are very prevolent, it can take away from what is trying to be said, you must also take in to account the fact that here on mylot we are lucky to have folks from all over the world and english may not be their first languauge. I don't see it as a big problem. As long as I can make out what the person is trying to say, I'm happy.
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@kdhartford (1152)
• United States
9 Nov 08
I think a little bit. I mean, grammar helps us to read and to understand what the meaning of the discussion is. I don't mind so much when the discussion is short, but a big blob of words that all run together is hard to read.
@mojcica (1512)
• Slovenia
9 Nov 08
Well the fact is that myLot population is not all english spoken, actually for a lot of us english is a foreign language, so grammar mistakes and also typos are normal. As long as I understand what someone is saying and what he/she wants from a discussion, its all ok. Unless of course english is really so terrible I can figure out what its about.
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• United States
10 Nov 08
Some myLotters are struggling to use English, which is new to them. They shoud be applauded for their efforts. Some are typing fast, and make small, meaningless typos. They're trying to get it right, and I admire that. Some can't spell and their grammar is horrendous, and they do turn me off. Not terribly long ago, there was a woman posting several items about being a professional writer who misspelled "write" in every possible way, and wrote in fragments only, and told us all she don't like when their are to many people righting the same topic. I found her appalling. Until I can get my computer fixed, I make lots of errors because, for some reason, letters or groups of letters don't come through. I try to edit to correct, but sometimes I forget, and at other times, I miss some. Tolerance woud be greatly appreciated.
• United States
10 Nov 08
Yes, Trans, and I noticed before long that she disappeared. Do you think she thougth the rest of us were stupid before that? Even the best of editors wouldn't tolerate so many glaring errors in a writer's work!
@Theresaaiza (10466)
• Australia
23 Apr 09
It depends. Some discussions are really so hard to understand so I tend to skip that. But for some discussions whose ideas can still be understood despite the typo's and very poor grammar, I do respond. I understand that some people are not native English speakers, even I commit a lot of mistakes.
@sweety_81 (2129)
• India
18 Nov 08
While I am no Shakespeare and I myself also commit typos at times;I do have an aversion to such posts. I think one must take care before typing here on Mylot Posts .
@ronreyes (4724)
• Philippines
13 Nov 08
Grammatical errors are inevitable especially the fact that most members have their own native language and they're not really, as we called as experts, in using the English language. But I guess it's one of the beauty of myLot 'cause we get to practice the way we communicate with each other by using the universal language. For my answer to your question, I would have to say no. I accept the fact that I myself makes a lot of errors sometimes so there's no reason for me to judge a discussion by the grammar or typos. As long as I can understand the message and if I find it interesting, then who cares, go on and respond to it. That equals to a few cents anyway.
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
i am very turned off by wrong grammar...am very particilar with spelling and all that, but i do understand that there may be typos...happens to me when i'm in a hurry...but really, i think we should always try to double check everything before posting things online, just so we can be understood better.
@Takashy (496)
• Latvia
10 Nov 08
No they don't. But I can't say that I like it when I do typos and don't notice them before posting. Thats why I am starting to wonder why there is no edit option for your Discussions and Comments,etc.. There have been at last 2 or 3 times when I have not notices a type and have posted it on MyLot. Also everyone does it sometimes but we still understand what the word means so its not like it would destroy the whole point of the discussion if there would be a type or two.
@owlwings (39104)
• Cambridge, England
10 Nov 08
Other people's typos and grammatical errors don't bother me too much, especially if their first language is not English (and particularly if I know they are struggling with a Chinese keyboard, which I know can make it difficult to type capital letters and punctuation correctly in Roman). When the person is obviously a native English speaker, however, my heart sinks at the level of education some people seem to have achieved! What does turn me off, though, is people who will insist on using 'txtspk' ... 'u' instead of 'you', 'nd' instead of 'and' and so on. I tend to need a very good reason for responding to such discussions and usually I just leave them.
@my2boys (821)
• United States
10 Nov 08
They do not turn me off. Everyone is human and everyone makes mistakes. I too am guilty of typos. Have a nice day.
@Margarit (3677)
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
I have so many typo's post here, I think is tolerable as long you can still understand the subject matter. We must be also considerate from the fact that not all mylotters here are english speaking country, so we need to adjust our own standard and more be helpful than destructive.
• United States
10 Nov 08
I do not believe a typo or error should be the deciding factor for reading a discussion. It is the content of the discussion that is most important.
@gemini_rose (16193)
10 Nov 08
Everyones level of english written and spoken can be different on here and there are lots of people from different countries too so it can be hard for everyone to have really good grammar. I do not let it worry me, if I can read and understand the discussion and I want to respond then I will.
• Philippines
10 Nov 08
yes no big deal for me i guess everybody does that typo errors a lot of time especially when you have something in your head that you really want to type and you are speed typing it so that you wont forget it there is always a tendency that you will have a typo errors, i have dont that a lot and before i knew it it was posted already