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View Poll Results: How should lens/lense be spelt?
Lens is the only correct spelling 20 76.92%
Lense is the only correct spelling 0 0%
It is acceptable to use either lens or lense 1 3.85%
Who cares, Mark is obviously too bored. 5 19.23%
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Old Jan 1, 2010, 1:19 PM   #31
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I was taught that a trailing 'e' was silent, and meant that the previous vowel should be pronounced with a long vowel sound. That would mean that 'lense' would be pronounced the same as the word 'leans'.
I believe that this is only operative when the the vowel is separated by one consonant.
Do you mean like in "chaste" and "scathe"?

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What I do find annoying is when someone intentionally misspells something, or uses improper grammar because they are lazy. I do forgive the non-use of such tenses as Present Perfect, Pluperfect and Future Perfect, however.
I was going to simply ignore this, but perhaps, in a few days I will have forgiven you.
And for your future consideration, as in the past, I would continue to have been grateful. (whew!)
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Old Jan 1, 2010, 8:23 PM   #32
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[QUOTE=TCav;1033883]Do you mean like in "chaste" and "scathe"? /Q[UOTE]

OK, got me. Now, of course, we get into word origins, which is one of the difficulties of learning English, even for native speakers. Words of Germanic and Norse have different patterns of spelling, case and tense, and pronunciation than those of Latin origins. (these being the main contributors to modern English)

I am often pleasantly surprised and amazed by the abilities of those who learn English as a second language.

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I am often pleasantly surprised and amazed by the abilities of those who learn English as a second language.
That's because they're taught to speak good.

Teachers that teach English in foreign countries speak it better than teachers that teach English in the US.

In 10 years, more people will speak English in China that in the US.

... and probably do it better, too.
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I am often pleasantly surprised and amazed by the abilities of those who learn English as a second language.
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Thanks, but it happens that we spend a lot of time in Word and online dictionaries and stuff like that. Whatís a 1í post for you is a 10í post for us. Itís a job, but on web communities like this, a rewarding one.
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Old Jan 2, 2010, 11:46 AM   #35
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This thread, as everyone knows, is repeated on every forum.

Personally, my only criterium is comprehension, and errors such the one being discussed don't bother me at all. "Loose" for "lose" is a problem since the words are both properly spelled, and can completely mess up whether I understand someones point.

There seem to be two camps, both with legitimate points of view.

There are those like myself who regard these boards as Chatting with people. After all, if you are listening to someone talk, can anyone tell the difference between "alot" and "a lot?" For that matter, can anyone hear the difference between "lens" and "lense?"

Then there are those who regard all of this as an exchange of letters, where spelling, grammar and punctuation are important.

Unfortunately, most of the latter (and I make these errors as well) are guilty of grammar and punctuation errors. It was this realisation which keeps me from being a Grammar Nanny. Far to many will catch me in an error, even as I condemn an error...

BTW: I have found an online dictionary with the word "lense."

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"...my only criterium is comprehension..."

"It was this realisation..."

"Far to many will catch me in an error..."

Your rite abowt thaht!

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"It was this realisation..."

Do we have to use American spelling then?
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"It was this realisation..."

Do we have to use American spelling then?
Rinnie of course makes my point. While correcting One error, he makes his own. I would, err, hate to go over his other posts and mark down every error I find...

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Yes, if you live in America, you should use the American spelling. That's not an error. By the way, I corrected three errors.

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Yes, if you live in America, you should use the American spelling. That's not an error. By the way, I corrected three errors.

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Huh? You thought realisation was not properly spelled and bolded the text. In other words, you proved my point. You made one error in the process of correcting two.

Are you now going to masquerade as a Grammar Nanny?

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