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Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by Amaia on 5 June 2009 5:11pm
 
I know I'm no native English-speaker, so I ask you guys... isn't there something wrong in the first sentence below? Should be "going on" rather than "goes on", shouldn't it?


"There's rather a lot of posting goes on here on Palin's Travels. To stay up-to-date and yet avoid confusion, why not use our chatmarks?"
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by ev on 5 June 2009 5:44pm
 
'going on' is technically more correct here, but many native speakers use incorrect grammar. So in some dialects, it just seems normal. Language changes!

For example, in Yorkshire, if you want to say "I'm just going down (the street) to the pub", you should say "Ah'm jus goin down pub!"

You see, so maybe whoever wrote it was a Yorkshireman/Yorkshirewoman.
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by Amaia on 5 June 2009 6:58pm
 
Aaaah, ok. I wasn't aware of that. Apology to Yorshire people!
However, the French teacher that I am can't forget that even though this might be said somewhere in Yorkshire, it's still not grammatically correct.

I know, I 'm grammar freak. And it's worse in French! (because I actually know what I'm talking about in French...)
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by johnnythemonkey on 5 June 2009 10:48pm
 
I would say that " There's rather a lot of posting goes on here on Palin's Travels. " is the correct grammar but I'm sure that one of the resident pedantic twats on the site will give us a definitive answer.
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by peripatetically on 5 June 2009 10:57pm
 
Pedantic twats' reporting.... lol.

It's written incorrectly. 'Going on' is correct.
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by johnnythemonkey on 5 June 2009 11:06pm
 
No, it is'nt incorrect. It's a statement "....a lot of posting goes on...".
'Going on' would not be incorrect grammatically but it was'nt Michael's meaning. If the site was busy at this moment in time, I could say " There's a lot of posting going on. "

And Patty, I would never call you pedantic and certainly not a twat. You could keep the pedants in full-time work ( would do some of them some good. )
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by peripatetically on 5 June 2009 11:21pm
 
It has nothing whatsoever to do with it being a statement (or not), JTM. I'd have royally failed my English course if I had written it as you say it should be. It really must be an American vs. Brit difference. However, if ANYTHING, for the original sentence to be correct, it would be necessary to insert 'that' before ' goes on here...'

Without 'that', 'going on' is correct as well.

Thus, "There's rather a lot of posting that goes on here on Palin's Travels.", is a grammatically correct sentence.

 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by kazzzz on 6 June 2009 12:00am
 
Why is their a discussion about this? They're shouldn't be one should their?
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by mrsthing on 6 June 2009 1:58am
 
It sounds like the way some US southerners talk. "They's a whole lotta ass-whuppin' goes on here after they be breakin' out the beer on a Sad-dee night."
 
Re: Mistake or no mistake, that's my question by mrsthing on 6 June 2009 1:59am
 
My absolute pet peeve, after apostrophes in plurals, is "underway", as in "The concert is underway." "Underway" would have to be a noun and mean something like "underpass". TWO WORDS!
 
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