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23-12-2012, 08:29 PM
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
(23-12-2012 07:11 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(23-12-2012 06:35 PM)poser765 Wrote:  Oh, and for some unknown reason "momentarily" bothers me. We will be landing momentarily. No we won't. we will landing presently.
No, actually.

"We will be landing" is future tense; therefore, the word "momentarily", which means "very soon, at any moment" is correct. If you say presently with a future tense it is incorrect. You would have to use present tense to say "presently".

So, the sentence would be, "We have landed presently." It's kind of a dumb sounding sentence since tense speaks for itself. The point of "momentarily" in the sentence with the future tense is to further define when you are landing in an indefinite time frame.
No, It all comes down to multiple uses. Both words have multiple uses. lol, I just don't like them. momentarily refers to an instant...a moment. It can also allude to something upcoming. Correct usage of momentarily is "we will be landing where we will only stop momentarily." Popular usage, largely in the US has now allowed it's use as you have described.

Presently, does not require the use of the present tense. It can imply present tense but also can be used to imply something soon.

We will be landing presently, where we will stop momentarily.
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23-12-2012, 09:03 PM (This post was last modified: 23-12-2012 09:58 PM by DLJ.)
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
I think I mentioned this one on another thread but it is part of the script for a local airline so I keep hearing it...

"In an emergency, you will be evacuated ... "

I always think... "No need, cuz that will probably already have happened. I won't need any help to shit myself."

Here's one that for me is not really 'annoying" as such but it does stop the flow when I'm reading...
It's the missing 'to' as in "I will be writing my Congressman".

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23-12-2012, 09:50 PM
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
Nothing annoys me. But thanks for axing. Weeping

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23-12-2012, 10:14 PM
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Prolly is not some alternate for PROBABLY.

That is all.

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23-12-2012, 10:16 PM
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
(23-12-2012 10:14 PM)Anjele Wrote:  Prolly is not some alternate for PROBABLY.

That is all.
Suposebly is another good one.
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23-12-2012, 10:42 PM
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
"Write to me" instead of "write me."

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23-12-2012, 11:04 PM
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(23-12-2012 10:42 PM)cheapthrillseaker Wrote:  "Write to me" instead of "write me."
That's not incorrect.

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23-12-2012, 11:07 PM
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
(23-12-2012 08:29 PM)poser765 Wrote:  
(23-12-2012 07:11 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  No, actually.

"We will be landing" is future tense; therefore, the word "momentarily", which means "very soon, at any moment" is correct. If you say presently with a future tense it is incorrect. You would have to use present tense to say "presently".

So, the sentence would be, "We have landed presently." It's kind of a dumb sounding sentence since tense speaks for itself. The point of "momentarily" in the sentence with the future tense is to further define when you are landing in an indefinite time frame.
No, It all comes down to multiple uses. Both words have multiple uses. lol, I just don't like them. momentarily refers to an instant...a moment. It can also allude to something upcoming. Correct usage of momentarily is "we will be landing where we will only stop momentarily." Popular usage, largely in the US has now allowed it's use as you have described.

Presently, does not require the use of the present tense. It can imply present tense but also can be used to imply something soon.

We will be landing presently, where we will stop momentarily.
Ummm no. That definition is archaic.

Defined here.

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23-12-2012, 11:12 PM
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
(23-12-2012 11:04 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  
(23-12-2012 10:42 PM)cheapthrillseaker Wrote:  "Write to me" instead of "write me."
That's not incorrect.

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It annoys me. It covered half the requirements. Does it still count?

Actually, put yourself on the list for what annoys me, KC. I want the AAT thread back up and running.

Okay, moment over. I like you again. Big Grin

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23-12-2012, 11:15 PM
RE: English Mistakes that Annoy Me.
(23-12-2012 11:12 PM)cheapthrillseaker Wrote:  
(23-12-2012 11:04 PM)kingschosen Wrote:  That's not incorrect.

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It annoys me. It covered half the requirements. Does it still count?

Actually, put yourself on the list for what annoys me, KC. I want the AAT thread back up and running.

Okay, moment over. I like you again. Big Grin
crap.

I was wrong.

You're right.

Your post was legit. It annoys you... you didn't say it was wrong.

I shall now hang my head in defeat and walk away... embarrassed.

For shame.

PS - still theologied out Wink

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