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gavingy Post time: 2013-7-3 15:40
My word you still don't have a clue right? Of course there are times when you have to use formal a ...
And don't you confuse us with the matter of respect. If you speak like the Queen to a seven year old schoolboy, I doubt that he'll appreciate it.
Actually, in my job, I deal with many children and I always treat them the same way I would treat an adult. And you know what ? They appreciate it big time !
As for the informal way of speaking, I agree with you. And of course no one should speak like a bureaucrat all the time. But you were mentioning an informal way of WRITING which I do not believe exist.
You can say, informally, "dude I was so drunk last night, I woke up with a girl in my bed and I have no idea who she is or what we've done", writing it "dude I was so drunk last nite, I woke up with a gal in my bed and I have no id who she is or wut we did" will NOT make the subject any less formal.
And, to clarify, yes, I do believe anyone using should of instead of should have is incredibly idiotic because IT MAKES NO SENSE WHATSOEVER !
However, before this goes out of hand, I also would like to point out that I am merely expressing (and defending) my ideas and not belittling yours and that I would appreciate if you were to do the same (because, yes, I do have a clue...)