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    Why do we need capital letters at the beginning of sentences and titles?

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    My English is poor. I am strongly agree with using proper English on writing.People do not understand me well in English speaking because of pronunciations problem.---That is another issue--- I am a reader on this forum because there are so many things I found them very useful. It's very helpful.
    Thank you for all contributors.

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    Thank you for your comment and support. We are really concerned about the textese's widespread. Not using capitals are considered the textese as well. It may take seconds for you to press the shift key when you type. If you don't want to press the shift key, you can type in MS Word first and post.

    I will try to clear up messages with the textese. If you want me to help you in answering your questions, please use Standard English when you post. This will increase productivity in the forum. We are all educated here. I hope that you understand.

    I will not give an infraction to those who have limited knowledge of grammar or spelling. However, using capital letters at the beginning of sentences, not using excessive abbreviation such as, u, ur, thx, and intentionally leaving out too many punctuations such as (.), (?), ('), (i m) are considered the textese. We all studied basic grammar rules about capital letters, punctuations, and correct spelling of you, your, thanks, and some easy words since our elementary school. Any message contains such textese will be given infraction.

    For example, if you post "ca' instead of "CA", it may be interpreted as Ca++ or California. We want to prevent confusion. Another example is that if you type, "ph" instead of "pH", it will cause confusion as well. In the future, we have to deal with life threatening issues so it is better to communicate and give information as clearly as possible. Therefore, please use Standard English. Every one studied Standard English.

    In addition, English language is the only medium used in our communication. We rely on your typing. Please try to post proper English so that others can understand your posts and help to answer your questions.
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    After we are trying very hard to make the posts easier to read. Punctuation, abbreviation, and capital letters are our concerns related to the textese. We all are pharmacists and we don't want this to happen. Please read.

    1. FDA Safety Page:

    Stemming Drug Errors from Abbreviations.

    http://www.fda.gov/cder/drug/MedErro...reviations.pdf

    2. Link to Punctuation:

    Punctuation handout.html

    Comma (punctuation - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia)

    Punctuation - Uncyclopedia, the content-free encyclopedia

    3. Abbreviation:

    Abbreviations

    Abbreviations

    4. Capital Letters:

    Capital Letters.

    Capital Letters - Examples

    We don't want any of you to mess up your English here. I hope that we all benefit from these links.
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    hai
    now we r in exam mood, u have to encourage us for exam. we are sending some threads , in that u want proper english. Right now u want correct english how its possible. You are not conducting the toefl or ielts exam.
    this forum is helpful to pass the fpgee exam only . if u have that much interst proper enghlish make it correct the threads which we r going to send. Due to u r correct english we are unable to give the threads to questions.
    be positive , think about others . Only english is not a great thing .

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    We don't expect perfect English, but we do request that posters avoid such words as:
    • u instead of you
    • ur instead of your or you're
    • gr8 instead of great
    • wot instead of what
    etc.

    If you have questions about these rules, please feel free to post them in the feedback forum.
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    You can rest assured that moderators look at many posts and take any appropriate action needed. You can also be certain that moderators will not penalise a member with limited knowledge of English who makes a genuine mistake in using the language; TestMagic Forums are not exams, they exist to help people improve their English.

    That aim of the forums is why Textese is disliked - it can confuse people with limited command of English and hinder their attempts to improve. Deliberately using expressions like plz, u, r, coz, wat, 4 and so on does not help people who have come here to learn to improve their English, indeed it can actively mislead them. Failure to use capitals is not only bad English, it makes text less easy to read and understand. Apart from presenting problems to readers use of Textese may also get the writer into bad habits.

    I think that the problem is partly due to the recent growth of texting on phones. People carry the conventions they use there, where they are usually communicating only with those they know, over to public boards where their post may be read by hundreds or even thousands of others throughout the world. I also notice that many, though admittedly not all, posts that use Textese appear to have been rattled off quickly with little thought given to the actual content. That may be appropriate for an internet chatroom but I believe TestMagic deserves greater care and respect.

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    Textese categories:

    u, ur, i, hai, thx, thanx, gr8, coz, im, i m, pls ----> Textese

    You, your, I, Hi, Thanks, Great, Because, I'm, Please------>correct English.

    If you do not start sentences with capital letters-----> Textese

    (.) must be at the end of a sentence.

    (?) must be at the end of a question.

    (') must be in didn't, don't, won't, or where needed.

    Please use only one (,), (!), or (?). Do not use (???), (!!!!), or (,,,).

    Using multiple punctuations also is considered to be the textese.

    Title of your posts should be capitalized.

    Otherwise, your posts will be edited and an infraction will be given.

    If you want this forum to serve you, please make the forum easy to read.

    Thank you very much.
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    Just a reminder!
    Last edited by knok; 05-28-2009 at 08:42 PM.
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    Hi everyone,

    I think it's great that we promote proper written English in this forum. I, however, am not sure how to curb the usage of unconventional abbreviations but I personally believe that those of us who are willing to spend hours revising for the FPGEE could afford the time to correctly spell AND use full words. They look better too. :-)

    Thanks!

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