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07-24-2011, 11:09 AM
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"My Story: Simon Gagne"

http://kings.nhl.com/club/news.htm?id=569913

Thought some people might want to read that. Gagne wrote it himself.

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Meh. I was hoping there'd be more on his NHL career and the Flyers.

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He's a better hockey player than he is a writer - that was written like a 7th grader.

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Lol agreed.

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I'm sorry, but that was disappointing, thought he'd talk about the flyers more and the 04 cup run, etc.

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Where is the ending to that? haha

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07-24-2011, 02:16 PM
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Basically the story:

"I was born and started skating and things were pretty chill. I liked hockey and ****, also got drafted in the first round by Philly."

That's the story.

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07-24-2011, 02:44 PM
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Simon is a terrific hockey player, but he leaves quite a bit to be desired as a writer. Nonetheless, he's my favorite hockey player and I wish him the best in Los Angeles. I actually flew from Philadelphia to L.A. the other week and just missed Simon giving interviews at LAX by about three hours. I've never met him, so it would have been really cool to meet him - though I never would have expected to meet him in L.A. It still feels strange that he's not a Flyer.

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07-25-2011, 06:01 AM
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Hey now, it's not as bad as a hf article







I kid, I kid

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Cut him some slack, it IS his second language. It's one thing to be able to speak it well enough, and another to have articles published.

Half the people on here don't know the difference between there, their, they're, and your and you're.

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07-25-2011, 08:57 AM
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Cut him some slack, it IS his second language. It's one thing to be able to speak it well enough, and another to have articles published.

Half the people on here don't know the difference between there, their, they're, and your and you're.
OMG - theirs a difference? LOL

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Cut him some slack, it IS his second language. It's one thing to be able to speak it well enough, and another to have articles published.

Half the people on here don't know the difference between there, their, they're, and your and you're.
I'm sure someone could have proof read it for him

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I'm sure someone could have proof read it for him
I didn't notice any glaring grammatical errors. It was just written at very low reading level, probably because Gagne doesn't know all that much about anything beyond the most simple sentence structures.

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Cut him some slack, it IS his second language. It's one thing to be able to speak it well enough, and another to have articles published.

Half the people on here don't know the difference between there, their, they're, and your and you're.
I find it kinda scary when 30% of the users on here, with English as their first language, constantly **** up their, there etc.
I'm from Sweden and as far as I know, I haven't made a mistake like that since I was like 12 years old.

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I find it kinda scary when 30% of the users on here, with English as their first language, constantly **** up their, there etc.
I'm from Sweden and as far as I know, I haven't made a mistake like that since I was like 12 years old.
You're cool. The reality is that sometimes when typing as much as people do these days, genuine slip-ups happen. I know it's all the rage to act smart on the internet, but the number of people willing to jump down someone's throat at the first sight of a grammatical error is far more annoying than someone merely trying to contribute two cents to a discussion and get back to work. A published story should be scrutinized, but policing the internet is fruitless.


Keep up the good thread, grammar coaches and intellectuals.

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You're cool. The reality is that sometimes when typing as much as people do these days, genuine slip-ups happen. I know it's all the rage to act smart on the internet, but the number of people willing to jump down someone's throat at the first sight of a grammatical error is far more annoying than someone merely trying to contribute two cents to a discussion and get back to work. A published story should be scrutinized, but policing the internet is fruitless.


Keep up the good thread, grammar coaches and intellectuals.
All I was doing was cutting Gagne some slack for not being a native speaker. It's harder to write well than to speak well.

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07-25-2011, 11:21 AM
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All I was doing was cutting Gagne some slack for not being a native speaker. It's harder to write well than to speak well.
I know you were, and I agree with you. It's the "Pfft, I haven't made a mistake since I was 12 brahs" attitude that got me. And I know there's a lot more people than Vikke that want to pretend they're perfect and better than everyone else.

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I didn't notice any glaring grammatical errors. It was just written at very low reading level, probably because Gagne doesn't know all that much about anything beyond the most simple sentence structures.
im sure being written in english has to do with it as well

ill give him the benefit of the doubt

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I find it kinda scary when 30% of the users on here, with English as their first language, constantly **** up their, there etc.
I'm from Sweden and as far as I know, I haven't made a mistake like that since I was like 12 years old.
Yeah, but we focus on the difference between their and they're and your/you're quite a lot when we begin to learn English here in Sweden. I kind of doubt it's the same focus for a native speaker. Similar to how here in Sweden an awful lot of people don't know the difference in spelling between "de" and "dem" (it is they and them), but I think most who begin to learn Swedish as a second language at around 9 yo would learn that by heart.

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im sure being written in english has to do with it as well

ill give him the benefit of the doubt
Yea, that's what I meant. I'm sure writing in English is a challenge for him. It's a challenge for many native speakers haha.

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07-25-2011, 02:20 PM
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Yea, that's what I meant. I'm sure writing in English is a challenge for him. It's a challenge for many native speakers haha.
For the record, I wasn't criticizing his ability to write English. I just was hoping for a little more in-depth insight and a more complete story. There wasn't much of an ending. I also would have liked to hear some more about his thoughts on being traded now that it's not quite so fresh and on how he feels about being on his third team after thinking he would be a life-long Flyer. I truly hope he is back with the organization someday, though I don't really see him as the kind of guy that comes back to the organization after he retires.

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Tell him to write that article in French and I'm sure you'll get a much better piece.

He has the ideas in his head, just translating them out of his mouth into English is the tough part.

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I know you were, and I agree with you. It's the "Pfft, I haven't made a mistake since I was 12 brahs" attitude that got me. And I know there's a lot more people than Vikke that want to pretend they're perfect and better than everyone else.
I don't pretend that I'm perfect, I'm just saying it worries me when a fairly large amount of Americans and Canadians constantly makes those mistakes.
I mean, even if you're in a rush, it doesn't make any sense.

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On the subject of French Canadian accents, can anybody explain to me why guys like Gagne tend not to pluralize certain things when they speak English? I often hear Gagne or Giroux saying things like, "We had lots of good opportunity and we took plenty of shot, but we just couldn't put any puck to go into the net during the first 20 minute."

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