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Eric Krewson
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Lots of good stories here but few writers use paragraphs, just one continuous text, this makes for a tedious read, especially if it is a long story.
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kevsuperg
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Yes sir, we have become a texting, auto correcting society

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ty_in_ND
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The phenomenon is nicknamed "wall of text". I've seen it in other forums/online communities and it is indeed frustrating to read them (especially the ones that don't use punctuation!). I know we don't want to be grammar police, but if people can take the extra time to divide their posts into paragraphs, it would be much appreciated!

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The Whittler
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For me if it is one continuous text I might read a couple lines or not and move on.
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David Mitchell
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quote:
Originally posted by The Whittler:
For me if it is one continuous text I might read a couple lines or not and move on.

Same here Whittler. As soon as I see a loooong post I just skip it.
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boyyoutakeallthefunoutofwritingnextyoullbewantingproperpunctuation

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Roy from Pa
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Stumper, LMAO.. [Smile]
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MAW
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Ok I think this is the appropriate context to make this comment. I am by no means without error in my writing, and my spelling is abysmal. In fact, I just spelled abysmal wrong but it autocorrected. So, this does NOT come from judgment, but rather, a desire to help. Since I've been on Tradgang, I've noticed that the participants here seem to care more about the written word than the general cross section of our texting, twittering, instagramming, emojiing culture. It is refreshing, and I attribute it to a thoughtfulness and appreciation for old ways that seems to lead many of us to trad hunting.

So, because I believe there are some on this forum who would rather use correct grammar than not, I'll make this post. There are two grammatical errors that are more pervasive than any other on this forum; "quite" instead of "quiet", and "seen" instead of "saw".

I'll briefly explain. "Quite" is just the wrong word. It means "entirely, thoroughly, totally".
"Seen" is the past participle of the verb "see". It is used correctly in a sentence like "I have seen many deer in this field." "Saw" is the past tense of "see", and should be used most often in our deer hunting stories. For example, "I saw the deer come out on the edge of the field" vs. the incorrect "I seen the deer come out on the edge of the field."

Take it or leave it. I love reading stories on TG correct grammar or not!

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Alexander Traditional
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There seems to be a lot of people that think then and than are one and the same.

It does make for some hard reading sometimes,but I never comment on someones kill thread. I see some people that do,and I think that just takes away from someone's happy moment.

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Mike Mecredy
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Thanks, I corrected my last post a bit.

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Cyclic-Rivers
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I will agree with the original poster. Long stories without breaks are hard to read especially when my eyes are fatigued.

Putting a break makes it easier.

I don't mind grammatical errors as long as I can follow the story. My brain can correct those lol.

But often when someone has a great story to tell and it is one long continued paragraph it's hard to read, especially with continuous distraction within my household.

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Terry Green
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Actually this started here BEFORE texting really existed....

Some folks style is just one huge paragraph...

I can't tell you how many times I've read posts and edited them into paragraphs for a more pleasant read...

And...I won't tell you who some of those writers were...you might be surprised [nono]

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monterey
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Then there's loose instead of lose and vice versa.

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Sam McMichael
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How about to, too, and two,
or their and there,
or maybe it's and its,
or then and than just to name a few. I guess I'm not the only one who is sometimes put off by common grammar errors. Nonetheless, it doesn't usually detract from the readability of a story. Not using punctuation and paragraphs does bother me a lot.

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The Whittler
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For me it's I have a bow for sell, and if you want it I will sale it to you. :-)
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