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Don't give it away, man! I wanna see how freaked out HKC can get! HKC, I konw how speling and grammer is importat to u but your leting it get to you to much. Youve got to relax. Its okey to make mistakes sometmes. Noones perfect. :)

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20 - I think not knowing the difference between two words is a lot different than forgetting how to spell a word

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Not that this wasn't a VERY stupid question, but what does it have to do with her ability to practice law?

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Fair enough. She should definitely make some kind of plan to educate/refresh herself on precise use of language, but if it's just "oh, darn, I always forget which is which," I still don't think it warrants taking another separate class.

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#46-- I think op mentioned the law school to show that the daughter has had a long and expensive education and she should therefore have learned the difference in any one of her 18+ years of schooling.

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When you're writing up legal documents, it helps to know the difference between a possessive pronoun and a contraction. The question is how she got into law school not knowing the difference.

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Chances are if OP gives the followup, she'll say her daughter isn't as dumb as FML thinks or makes it seem.

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@46 If someone uses the wrong word in a legal brief or contract, it could change the entire meaning of what the brief or contract is about.

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That's a great point. There is nothing wrong with not knowing/forgetting something. The problem exists when you go on pretending you know what you are talking about. Unfortunately, we all have people we know like this.

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I'd like to know how she got into law school, and also how she's managing to stay in law school.

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You know I read somewhere that occasionally making grammar mistakes or getting mixed up doesn't make you a total failure at life. Also sometimes in law school they are concerned about things other than very basic grammar.

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It doesn't mean you're a failure at life but it can make school difficult. Most of my professors in college and grad school would stop reading a paper if they found more than three spelling or grammar mistakes in that paper. Some would give it an automatic zero, some wouldn't grade it until errors were fixed. Learning to proofread and use language properly is an asset in higher education.

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Proper grammar is essential in law school, as it is very writing intensive and challenges your ability to argument effectively. How she got by without even knowing that simple grammar rule is baffling.

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I am currently in law school myself, and most professors (not to mention student themselves) automatically dismiss a paper when it has more than say 5 mistakes. It makes them take you less seriously and hence you are judged on those standards - not really a good thing as you can imagine. Of course it's odd that the kid is asking such a basic question at her age, but at least she's asking! I hope she learns better. And honestly - for a moment there, I was just like wait, what? How?

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