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Another Grammar Question?


Bing.alau
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I am beginning to think that maybe it is me. But every time I see the word "as" instead of "Has" I get a little niggle in my mind.

"He as just gone over to the shops" instead of "He has just gone over to the shops". why a little thing upsets me I do not know. Do other people get these feelings?

I know I am not really in to grammar myself, I winced at school when my teacher used the phrase "Subject and Predicate" at the beginning of an English lesson. I still do not know what it means. So why does this irritate me?

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morddwyd

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"I have never heard the saying "Go down the primrose path""

That's because you're thick and uneducated, as you've just admitted, not learned and erudite like what us ex-RAF types are!

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Bing.alau

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morddwyd. Very true of course. I bet you have been dying to say that to somebody for years. At least I am aware of my limitations.

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john bunyan

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Bing.alau

I think we should be tolerant of our RAF friends (my father and mother were both in it, in Bomber and Coastal Command respectively). We ex RM's know the truth, and to quote from another Shakespeare play, we should not "Cry "Havoc" and let slip the dogs of war" - at least, not yet. (Although I remember being bitten by an RAF police dog once whilst testing the security of an RAF base).Mostly the RAF dropped us in the right place - not always though!

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csqwared

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Taking this a stage further I see on the news tonight (can't find a link) that a school in the North East (Newcastle??) has sent letters home to parents requesting the children don't use slang (i.e. 'nowt'). Personally I have a problem deciding what is 'slang' and what is 'dialect'. Here in GOC, (Yorkshire), 'nowt' would be considered part of the dialect I think, I believe that would go for most of the North East too.

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VCR97

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csqwared

Agreed. "Nowt" is definitely dialect and not slang.

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flycatcher1

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John Bunyan. I am loathe to correct an ex RM but I doubt that your Mother served in the RAF. Jumping out of perfectly serviceable aircraft has possibly knocked you on the head a few times and you have forgotten that your Mother served in the WAAF.

Incidentally I have just been reading, in the Daily Mail, a pieces about the RM Commandoes in the Korean battle of the Choisen reservoir. What a story, bravery par excellence.

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SillBill

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Not quite, flycatcher1 - this from Wikipedia

"On 1 February 1949, the name was revived when the Women's Auxiliary Air Force, which had been founded in 1939, was renamed the Women's Royal Air Force. The WRAF and the RAF grew closer over the following decades, with increasing numbers of trades opened to women, and the two services formally merged in 1994, marking the full assimilation of women into the British military and the end of the Women's Royal Air Force." Kinda depends on how old John Bunyan is, don'tcha think! lol

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Bing.alau

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flycatcher1. Yes that's because I was there, well somebody had to help our American friends out I suppose.

Incidentally, I always thought that the WRAF were part of the RAF. Just as the WRNS were part of the Royal Navy. Weren't the WAAF the auxiliary Air force? Did they have two separate arms or is it just the way the cookie crumbled?

I do know that the womens' branches of the services did and still do a marvellous job. But us plain other ranks were not allowed near them, Officers only seemed to be the order of the day. I talk to an ex-jenny WREN every week in our Navy club and we often have a laugh about that. She takes it in good humour.

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Bing.alau

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The FE will step in any time now to tell us he is fed up with this inter service banter. So keep it clean lads and lasses.

He will definitely know all about the make up of the RAF then and now as he was brought up on RAF bases. The only RAF children I ever met was at RAF Abingdon when they showed us how to use the fan-jumps in the Parachute training area. They used all the terrifying equipment as play things.

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SillBill

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Bing.alau

The WAAF only existed from 1939 until 1949. The Women's Royal Air Force was founded in 1918 and disbanded in 1920. The WAAF was simply a wartime recreation.

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