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post Oct 3 2012, 07:10 PM
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I am fairly certain that those who post on the forum also post to the campground review pages.

I was just reading some campground reviews and noticed a difference in writing techniques. Most forum posts appear to be well written, grammatically correct, easily understood, and convey information quite effectively. But many campground reviews are not even close to what I read here on the forum. When one reads the review comments they sound choppy and abbreviated. It's like the writer thinks that there isn't enough space to make a complete sentence in the review so they throw out any noun/verb combinations. The lack of web space cannot be true, because I have also read some very nicely written reviews that comply with basic English 101 techniques.

Assuming that an individual makes posts in both places, it's like a Jekyll and Hyde situation. Why does a person communicate well on the forum and then use grammar and sentence structure that would be graded an F by any self-respecting 5th grade English teacher?

I'm not an English teacher nor am not trying to offend anyone or change the 'system.' I am most likely an offender myself. It was just an observation and I was wondering why the difference.
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post Oct 3 2012, 09:05 PM
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QUOTE(RLM @ Oct 3 2012, 07:10 PM) *

"I'm not an English teacher nor am not trying to offend anyone"

I had to read that line a couple times. biggrin.gif

Like you, I've noticed the 'relaxed' grammar and sentence structure in reviews, but it doesn't bother me. Really, I'm just grateful that people take the time and make the effort to write reviews.


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post Oct 4 2012, 05:42 PM
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QUOTE(GandJ @ Oct 3 2012, 10:05 PM) *

I had to read that line a couple times. biggrin.gif

Like you, I've noticed the 'relaxed' grammar and sentence structure in reviews, but it doesn't bother me. Really, I'm just grateful that people take the time and make the effort to write reviews.


I did say that I was probably an offender myself. Would you believe that I just put that in there to see if anyone was paying attention? wink.gif

My, not very important, observation about writing techniques between reviews and forum posts is evident by everyone's current, well written reply to the original post. As I said in it: "Most forum posts appear to be well written, grammatically correct, easily understood, and convey information quite effectively.

The way in which a reviewer writes his/her comments is a credibility issue for me. If they are sloppy in doing a review, and can't effectively use some basic English language skills, then I probably am not going to give that review much attention. We all have different factors that effective our judgement on how we each pick a campground, but I would guess that reviewer credibility is a factor for everyone who reads a review.

Be that as it may, perhaps "Relaxed grammar" is an honorable compromise between butchering the English language and waxed eloquence.

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post Oct 7 2012, 03:31 PM
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QUOTE(RLM @ Oct 4 2012, 05:42 PM) *

We all have different factors that effective our judgement on how we each pick a campground, but I would guess that reviewer credibility is a factor for everyone who reads a review.


The only thing that bothers me more than a person who criticizes other folks' grammar is when that person doesn't proofread his own posting.
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post Oct 7 2012, 04:31 PM
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He probably just put there in there to see if anyone was paying attention again. laugh.gif


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