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grammar question

   Thread Started November 22 at 11:14PM

If you play ball with me, I'll see to it that the fellas' don't break your kneecaps.

Would one of you grammar gurus conjugate the above sentence for me? I'm particularly interested in the 'play ball' phrase. Since the speaker doesn't mean to literally play with a ball, how is it being used here?


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RE: grammar question

Reply on November 23, 2017 04:41 AM
If you play ball with me, I'll see to it that the fellas' don't break your kneecaps.

Well, a real grammar guru would immediately point out that you can only conjugate a verb, not sentence! 'parse' would be a better choice.

Then they'd probably ask, "Why the heck has 'fellas' got an apostrophe after it?" It's colloquial for 'fellows', but there's not really a letter missing to justify the apostrophe.

The sentence itself is a perfectly normal conditional sentence following the pattern IF + Present Tense + Future Tense.

'play ball with' is a well-known idiom and here the three words function as one grammatical unit - a verb. You can check that by replacing the three words with other verbs...
If you pay me....
If you follow me...
If you call me...


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RE: grammar question
Reply on November 23, 2017 10:03 AM << Modifed November 23 at 8:40PM >>
Thanks, Steve. I don't know how I manage to write stuff. Lol. I've forgotten almost everything I learned in school, I think.


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RE: grammar question
Reply on November 24, 2017 03:56 AM << Modifed November 24 at 3:57AM >>
I see misused apostrophes all the time on Fanstory. An apostrophe is used two ways:

To replace a missing letter, forming a contraction. Thus, did not becomes didn't. Cannot becomes can't. Sometimes, in dialogue, the writer might want to drop the g from ing, so that's goin', comin', drinkin', etc.

The other use is to show possession.

The boy's coat means the coat belonging to the boy
The boys' coats means there's more than one boy and more than one coat.

The idiom 'to play ball with' is used to mean 'if you meet my demands/requirements'. In other words, if you scratch my back, I'll scratch yours.


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RE: grammar question
Reply on December 26, 2017 07:29 PM
The one that always seems to be under or overused in poems is the pesky comma. It seems to be a contentious point to know when and when not to use it by many grammar nazis on here. lol
What is right and what is wrong when used in poetry?
I am sure many out there will have their thoughts

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RE: grammar question
Reply on December 28, 2017 06:45 AM << Modifed December 28 at 6:41PM >>
Unfortunately, it appears that the inappropriate snide comment has once again reared its ugly head with the derogatory remark about certain members of this site being "grammar Nazis". There is no call for, or need to refer to any members of this site in such negative, or degrading, light.

   

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