Tennis Fail

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34 Responses to “Tennis Fail”


  1. 1 WolfDog April 23, 2008 at 12:43 am

    i cant see anything wrong with this photo, only that people are not allowed to wear bikinis, come on man, if we follow all the other rules at least let the chicks wear (or nothing at all if they like) what they like.

  2. 3 Joe April 23, 2008 at 11:56 am

    You really don’t see the (at least) 7 errors on that sign?

  3. 4 Dani April 23, 2008 at 7:39 pm

    Seriously? Wow…

  4. 5 Dani April 23, 2008 at 7:40 pm

    Seven errors and you didn’t notice one?

  5. 6 WolfDog April 23, 2008 at 9:51 pm

    i saw them, i was just commenting on the rules.

  6. 7 grammarfreak April 24, 2008 at 5:50 pm

    Sure… I doubt that.

  7. 8 baribob April 29, 2008 at 12:17 pm

    I suggest that english signage or instructions in far away places by non-native speakers should not qualify as english language failure.

    I salute the bona fide should-have-known-better grammar, punctuation and spelling errors!!!

  8. 9 Cat May 2, 2008 at 7:59 pm

    What errors are you talking about? The rules that start with “is?” I’m pretty sure they’re okay.

  9. 10 Rachel May 2, 2008 at 8:02 pm

    I think my favorite is “In case of breaking you have to assume the cost of the equipments”

  10. 11 Lexxie May 2, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    haha, that’s hilarious. i’m hoping that whoever wrote this was not a native english speaker.. otherwise they need to go back to elementary school. in fact, i think i can spell better in spanish than this so there’s really no excuse for spelling this badly.

  11. 12 Melt May 2, 2008 at 9:47 pm

    I count 14 errors….and no, it’s not OK to start a sentence w/ “is”. That makes it a fragment. Usually not a big deal, especially in a list of rules, which are not generally in full sentence form anyway. But these rules certainly read with that awkward cadence that indicates they were written by someone who’s first language is not English.

    Cute!

  12. 13 cenobyte May 3, 2008 at 9:00 am

    I also like that Melt’s comment fails…

    “whose”; not “who’s”

  13. 14 Lou Lou May 3, 2008 at 10:08 am

    When I read it through the first time I didn’t see anything too obvious except for the “Reservate” in Rule 4 (FYI “reservate” is not a word).After going through it again there are a few not too serious spelling errors (Maximun, loose).

  14. 15 drew May 3, 2008 at 3:12 pm

    i don’t think this is a country in which english is familiar..

  15. 16 Elle May 4, 2008 at 9:05 am

    Melt- I hate to be the bearer of bad news. Is this sentence a fragment? I didn’t think so.
    The sentence above should not start with is, but is IS an allowable way to start a sentence. ^_^

  16. 17 CM May 4, 2008 at 7:11 pm

    Elle hate to bring you down but thats a question not a sentence.

  17. 18 Alex May 4, 2008 at 8:35 pm

    i agree, a sentence should not start with “is”.
    there are SO many errors in that sign. i count about 7.
    English is so messed up these days.

  18. 19 Anonymous May 6, 2008 at 4:56 pm

    haha sense win is a queshun not a sentense

  19. 20 Anonymous May 7, 2008 at 8:29 pm

    Reservate? Maximun? Weet?
    Loose you reservation??

    Come on!! People think there’s nothing wrong here…?!

  20. 21 Obvious May 9, 2008 at 9:42 am

    I know where this picture was taken. I remember seeing it a couple af years ago at a resort in the Dominican Republic (where Spanish is the primary language). That would explain the FAIL.

  21. 22 Scott May 10, 2008 at 12:19 pm

    CM, a question is a sentence. Maybe you meant that a question is not a statement? So, one cannot use ‘is’ at the beginning of a statement? What about in defining ‘is’ – using ‘is’ as a noun rather than a verb? Is is a present tense verb that derives from the infinitive ‘to be’. Is can only used with singular subjects. Is, when used as a noun, becomes the subject of its own definition. Is in its possessive form may be is’, but likely no one cares. Is’ possessive form may be used to define its (is’) possessive form or to define is’ definition: Is’ definition is ‘to be’ when used with singular subjects in the present tense. Is, as can be seen, is not limited to beginning questions, it (is) can also be used at the beginning of statements.

  22. 23 Scott May 10, 2008 at 12:22 pm

    ^^^Ooops, in putting the possessive form of is in parentheses, I seem to have created an emoticon of some sort!!!

  23. 24 mary May 14, 2008 at 10:53 pm

    my favourite part is “weet”
    hahaha

  24. 25 Dan May 15, 2008 at 7:41 pm

    Scott, despite your correct reasoning in that ‘is’ can indeed be the first word in a statement, I find that irrelevant as it’s still used incorrectly in the sign.

    To all who are blaming the errors on the pretense that the writer doesn’t speak English as their first language, I would have to point out the British flag.

  25. 26 Dr Mom May 16, 2008 at 9:19 pm

    I count 8.

  26. 27 Ben May 17, 2008 at 5:19 pm

    I see seven errors within the first four rules.

  27. 28 Jen May 18, 2008 at 11:15 pm

    For the record, I have to say the first time I read this, I must have read over all of the errors. Looking back on it now, I feel like I’m almost as much of an idiot as the person who wrote these regulations..

  28. 29 Jane May 19, 2008 at 11:00 am

    I see 14 (including punctuation). Let this be a lesson – if you don’t want to have people laughing at your poster (or misunderstanding it), hire a professional translator!

  29. 30 Ms. Rosenbaum May 21, 2008 at 2:58 pm

    I think the British flag is to signify that English-speakers should pay attention to this sign, rather than the Spanish sign that is no doubt nearby.

    Also, notice the website at the bottom right.

  30. 31 Anonymous May 21, 2008 at 5:34 pm

    I count 14 errors including the comma splices.

  31. 32 General Lee Write June 1, 2008 at 2:18 am

    18 errors overall
    #’s 1 & 9 are the only rules to avoid the red pen

  32. 33 The USA Today January 16, 2009 at 6:44 pm

    i see…um. Nine or Ten english fails (including misused punctuation)

  33. 34 vibo's boyfriend February 16, 2009 at 10:08 am

    i like boys and vibo


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