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Old 01-05-2013, 11:48 PM   #41
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I agree, probably because you are right. We get applications in the store and a large percentage can't read or write and their speaking skills are not much better.

If I can't understand what they are saying then my customers can't either. Then I don't want them on my jobs. This may sound racist or terrible but I honestly believe in my heart that the average American family does not want some foreign language spoken in their home. I feel the same with those who shave their skull and wear pants large enough to hide a dozen semi automatic weapons in them without notice. And don't forget wearing a baseball hat on crooked or backwards with the T-shirt as long as an evening gown. If I were a single woman I would not want that in my house.

What I'm saying is language skills is just as important as dress code. As Contractors, no one expects us to dress like we are going to a wedding or speak like Billy Graham but we must look and speak respectable to our clients.
That would be cool to give a presentation like Billy Graham in somebody's kitchen trying to sell them a reno. Lol
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Old 01-05-2013, 11:57 PM   #42
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Have you seen some of the ads on Kijiji? Wow I am shocked people think they will get work with some of them. I will see if I can find some.
There's a guy here that keeps re-posting an ad for a "radio arm saw". No pics, just the title with a little blurb that says, "just call."
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This is what we compete against too around here.

Fortunately, my class of customers can see this stupidity as well, and elect to pay to do things right the first time.

The ones that don't see the problem get what they pay for.
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THEN and THAN confuse me.
Then - As in now and then. Referring to an order in time. An easy way to remember this is to think of "then" as a combination of "The End".

Than - A comparison. My screwdriver is longer than yours. An easy way to remember is to think of comparing two things. Peanut butter AND jelly. I like peanut butter more THAN jelly. Remember the "AN"


As for Honeydo man, around here guys like him get quite a bit of work. When I end up going behind him and I see his ad, I always wonder what the HO was thinking when they saw the ad.
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Old 01-06-2013, 08:51 AM   #46
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What gets me is when people think they're using fancy words, but they use the wrong word.

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"That point is mute." (moot)

And then, walla, there it is!" (voila)

If you don't know the word, use a different one.

Yes, you can usually decode a non-speller's gibberish, but you shouldn't have to.
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THEN and THAN confuse me. Also there seems to be conflicting opinions if a sentence ends with quotation marks, does the period or question mark go before or after the quotations?

Just remember......
THEIR describes ownership. I'm going over their house.
THERE is a place.......I'm walking over there
THEY'RE...... means they are
Jumping or flying?

Just kidding.
I know one thang about my grammer. She made good apple pies.
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Lol

Hey, I have my 11 year old daughter Emily proof my contracts. She is a english lover. Just loves reading and writing.

She got that from my wife I'd imagine.

I still don't understand the difference between "there and "their". In fact, if you look at my posts I never write anything that makes me write those words. I dodge them and write around it. Lol
I was taught:
their = ownership- like heir
there = a place- not here, over there
they're = they are

They're going to place their hammers over there.
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I rarely use apostraphes on here. Is what it is. If you dont like it dont read my posts
Is there a way on this forum, to unread a post I've read?

Or will I have to be a member at a certain level?
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Is there a way on this forum, to unread a post I've read?

Or will I have to be a member at a certain level?
Are you asking if you can mark it as unread? I don't think so. If your purpose is to save it for later, I'd just click the post number, and book mark it.

Or copy/paste into a Word document like I do. I have a whole folder on my machine of saved pages from these guys. Don't worry other dudes, I put the user name there with a link to the post.
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Is there a way on this forum, to unread a post I've read?

Or will I have to be a member at a certain level?
You will have access to the flux capacitor after 88 posts, the mods charge a dime a use, but it's money well spent.
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You will have access to the flux capacitor after 500 posts, the mods charge a dime a use, but it's money well spent.
No, it's not 500 posts, it's 88.
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No, it's not 500 posts, it's 88.
It cost me a dime, but that's what I said
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Not so much a grammar thing but the constant use of "like" and "you know" drives me crazy.
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I know it drive me a bit crazy. Not on here but with things like the Kijiji ads.

How can someone expect to get work when they write things like that? If you can't communicate properly how can you expect me to think you know what the hell your doing?

I understand there are a lot of tradesmen that are functionally illiterate in Canada and the States. Hell I know half the foot ball team in my high school couldn't read or write to save their life. I wouldn't want to be them now.
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So ok, hear i have a little advise and i hope my point is not a mute one. Their not going to listen who do'nt want too here, sooo, maybe thay should sew there lips together and i should to.
Two many grammer police on this forum four me.
Its my god given write as an american to act like an idiot and you ca'nt stop me!!!
Butt, i guess i should let others speak freely to, after sll who am i truely? I f i am not my self?

I can't think of any more stupid crap to write right now, but rest assured, I will.

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Not so much a grammar thing but the constant use of "like" and "you know" drives me crazy.
Also, people who say, "right?" after every statement. e.g. "I went on CT today, right? And I posted a few messages, right? and then I got a couple of responses, right?"

Come on.. you're telling the story. Why are you asking me?
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Wimp.
Alright, I may deserve that.

I remember why too.

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