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#GRAMMARTRIVIA: LOWERCASE AESTHETIC

Fellas, have you ever heard of ‘lowercase aesthetic?’ It’s the act and art of turning our auto-capitalisation off and type all letters in lowercase. Examples, as taken from Billie Eilish’s YouTube channel:

How, when, and why did this trend start?

In English, and many other languages from every part of the world, we begin a sentence with an uppercase or a capital letter. The title of something also carries the capitalisation rule with it. The word ‘I’ is always typed as an uppercase.

But when it comes to internet language or online conversation, particularly a social media post or text messages, we often disregard grammatical rules including capitalisation as long as it doesn’t change the meaning of the sentence.

Lauren Fonteyn, a linguistics lecturer at the University of Manchester who studies language on the internet, concluded this phenomenon, as quoted by Mashable on this article: the surprising reasons we turn off autocaps and embrace the lowercase.

The lowercase movement can be traced back to 2015 or even earlier, when social media started seeing its ever-increasing popularity. It’s become an unwritten norm on the internet, what’s more with notable public figures or celebrities popularising it.

Those who favour lowercase believe that lowercase is more than just a utility; it subtly conveys that the person using all lowercase is hip, casual, and chill, doesn’t get riled up by little things. In short, all lowercase helps with one’s online persona. Uppercase is reserved for specific context, like conveying excitement or putting emphasis on certain word(s).

Some of the lowercase users also believe that using all lowercase in non-professional setting is somewhat liberating. It means that after hours and hours being constrained by grammatical rules while at work, one finally gets to be themselves by using all lowercase. By this, we can assume that lowercase users feel that using all lowercase is a way to express themselves.

Another interesting point to note is that many lowercase users are found on online communities, namely fandoms, where using all lowercase gives them a sense of being a part of something, a sense of belonging.

What do you think about this phenomenon, fellas? Share your thoughts.

@slvywn: i’ve been dong this for years because it looks better on my eyes

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Thursday, 18 February 2021.

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#GrammarTrivia: ‘opposite’ vs ‘in front of’

Opposite‘ and ‘in front of‘. Do these words sometimes make you confused?

It’s useful to be able to distinguish ‘opposite’ and ‘in front of’ when giving direction.  This #GrammarTrivia will explain both ‘opposite’ and ‘in front of’ as a preposition.
Opposite as a preposition means on the other side of (something or someone): across from (something or someone).

e.g. Brisbol Park Hospital is located opposite Tumaini supermarket. (The two buildings are facing each other).
In front of as a preposition means in a position just ahead or at the front part of someone or something else.

e.g. Jack is standing in front of Jill. (Jill is standing behind Jack; they are not facing each other).
That’s all for today’s session. Thank you and bye!

 

Compiled and written by @nkusumawicitra for @EnglishTips4U on Friday, April 28, 2017

 

 

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#GrammarTrivia: Compound possession

Which one of these two statements is grammatically correct?

“After the election, Dan’s and Miley’s businesses went bankrupt.”

Or

“After the election, Dan and Miley’s businesses went bankrupt.”

Before we answer the question, it was actually a trick question. Both sentences are grammatically correct depending on the context.

Possession by two people

If Dan and Miley own different businesses, “Dan’s and Miley’s” is the correct usage of possessive nouns. But if Dan and Miley share the same businesses, it should be “Dan and Miley’s”.

What if the businesses are owned by Dan and me (or any other possessive pronoun)? Then it should be “Dan’s and my businesses” regardless we share the same business or not. Or if you don’t have to explain that Dan is the other owner, simply use ‘our’.

Possession by more than two people

Let’s take it up a notch, shall we?

What if the businesses are owned by Dan, Miley, and me (or any other possessive pronoun)? The correct usage of compound possession is “Dan, Miley’s, and my business”. And if we don’t share the same businesses: “Dan’s, Miley’s, and my business”.

Compiled by @bintilvice at @EnglishTips4U on Friday, November 11, 2016


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#GrammarTrivia: One of Many Things

Hello, fellas!! How was your weekend?

Mine was plain. I came down with the flu and must stay at bed :(

The terrorist attack in Paris was one of many things going on over the weekend. My thoughts and prayers are with the victims and families.

Now, let’s continue with our session. Today, we are going to talk about using ‘one of many things’ in sentence. #GrammarTrivia

Let’s check the following example. ‘One of many reasons why I love my job is because I get to travel a lot.’ #GrammarTrivia

Another example: Paris is one of the cities I’d like to visit someday. #GrammarTrivia

When you’re describing one of many countable nouns, the noun following ‘of’ should be written in plural form. #GrammarTrivia

In the first sentence, there are many reasons why ‘I love my job’. That’s why ‘reasons’ is written as plural noun. #GrammarTrivia

Same goes with the second sentence. ‘There are many cities I’d like to visit’ and ‘cities’ is also written in plural. #GrammarTrivia

To get a clearer view, let’s check out more examples. E.g.: Piano is one of many instruments she can play very well. #GrammarTrivia

E.g.: My boyfriend is one of many people who support me to get this scholarship. #GrammarTrivia

Okay, that’s what I’d like to share for today. Hopefully it can help brushing up your English :)

If you have any questions or suggestions, tweet us or drop a comment in our site www.englishtips4u.com.

Now, it’s time for me to say bye. Wherever you are now, may you stay safe and sound. Good night, fellas!

Compiled by @alicesaraswati for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 15 November, 2015.

#GrammarTrivia: etc.

The abbreviation etc. is taken from Latin “Et cetera” which means “And other things.”

It is the equivalent of Indonesian “Dan lain-lain”.

It appears at the end of the list when there is no point to give any more example.

Etc. cannot be used in formal writings.

Some rules to keep in mind when we are using it:

1. It is incorrect to write “… And etc.” since ‘et’ means ‘And’.

2. There should be at least 2 items in a sentence when you want to use etc. 

Correct example: “We need you to bring cookies, candies, etc. to the party.”

Incorrect example: “I would like to buy books, etc. at the corner shop.”

3. Etc. is not to be used for people. For people, there is “et al.”

Et al. is from the Latin “et alii” which means “And other people.”

Example: “We went to the party with Nobita, Shizuka, Giant, et al.”

4. You cannot use etc. when you already use “such as”, “like”, “for example”.

Why? Because it means you want to give a complete example of all the things you want to say.

Correct example: “She bought new cooking utensils such as knives, plates, forks, and spoons.”

Correct example: “She bought knives, plates, etc. for her new kitchen.”

In American English, etc. is written with a period (tanda titik), even in midsentence.

Example: “Cats, dogs, rats, etc. are all different kinds of animal living in the house.”

Source: Grammarbook.com

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 4 October 2015.

#GrammarTrivia: “Albeit”

Hello, fellas! Before the weekend ends, let’s begin our #GrammarTrivia session!

 Today we will be talking about: “ALBEIT”. 

 The word is commonly used in American English. 

 It means ‘though’, ‘even though’ or ‘although’. But its function is more similar to ‘although it is’ or ‘although it be’. 

Let’s check out some examples in the next tweets: 

1. “We decided to follow his instructions, albeit reluctantly.” (Reluctantly = dengan enggan)

2. “He even gave them money before they go, albeit of a very small amount.” 

3. “She takes pride in her shiny, albeit fake, brand new handbag.” 

4. “The new business is finally launched. Joe is once again an entrepreneur, albeit on a much smaller scale.” 

On a much smaller scale = dalam skala yang jauh lebih kecil. 

5. “As long as school is still on, albeit near holiday, Anna still has to attend her classes.”

‘Albeit’ serves the role as a conjunction. 

Source: grammarist.com

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 19 April 2015.

#GrammarTrivia: “Thus”

Today we will be talking about “THUS”. ‘Thus’ is obviously not ‘this’, and you may find it in formal texts/conversation. 

‘Thus’ is a conjunction used to expand a previously mentioned idea. 

Expand = memperluas, previously mentioned = sudah disebut sebelumnya. 

There are 2 ways to use ‘thus’: 

1. As a result/consequence of the idea. It has the same meaning and function as ‘therefore’ (‘oleh karena itu’). 

Example: “Harvard beats MIT in the women’s soccer competition, thus becoming champion of the year.” 

Example: “She took part in a special program for young scientist, thus she was able to excel in the academic field.” 

Excel = berprestasi, berhasil. 

2. To explain a manner which a subject is like. Similar to ‘in this way’ or ‘so’, or ‘demikian’ and ‘lantas’ in Indonesian. 

Example: “John released the dogs to corner the thief. While he was thus occupied, the police entered and arrested him.” 

To corner = menyudutkan, occupied = sibuk, perhatiannya terpusat pada sesuatu. 

Example: “Most adolescents act thus.” (Adolescents = remaja) 

Check out this video to learn how to pronounce it: http://t.co/o78H3nly6E 

Source: merriam-webster.com

Compiled by @animenur for @EnglishTips4U on Sunday, 12 April 2015.