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  1. #11
    Mya Bell
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    One of the things I noticed in one of the towns I lived in is that a lot of people said:

    "You gone and done it again."

    It was a common expression.

    In the other places I've lived, they would never say that. It would be considered bad grammar. They would say:


    "You did it again."

    or, less commonly:

    "You've gone and done it again."

    --- Mya Bell



  2. #12
    Mya Bell
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    LOL, there's another common difference between speech and formal writing. Above I wrote:

    "One of the things I noticed in one of the towns I lived in ..."

    That's how people say it. It's shorter and easier.

    Grammatically, however, it would be more proper to write:

    "One of the things I noticed in one of the towns in which I lived ..."


    --- Mya Bell

  3. #13
    Beautiful Loser
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    LOL

    or

    You done did it again!

  4. #14
    June Casagrande
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    Joseph:

    I'd be interested to know where you got that. The link doesn't work and, at a glance, it looks like somebody's just paraphrasing Strunk and White's "The Elements of Style."

    A lot of these are good guidelines, but as Mya has shown, it's not always a good idea to think of them as "rules."

    ("The Elements of Style" originally was not a book of rules for writers like you and me. It was a guideline for composition writing in one Cornell professor's class circa 1920. It got spun into job it couldn't handle when White stepped in.)

  5. #15
    Mya Bell
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    Hey, thanks for that bit of historical background, June. That's interesting!

    --- Mya Bell

  6. #16
    June Casagrande
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    It was fresh in my mind because I'd just blogged about it (in case you want to read more):

    blog

    (This is my first attempt to insert hyperlink tags here, so if there's just gobbledygook above, the url is: http://conjugatevisits.blogspot.com/...ccasional.html)

  7. #17
    Joseph Watson
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    http://www.junketstudies.com/rulesofw/

    Here is the plain link. I know nothing of this organization.

    I can't splain why the link on WN is not working.

  8. #18
    Chuck Shaw
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    two points & nothin' but net!
    CS

  9. #19
    Beautiful Loser
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    It got spun into job it couldn't handle when it's not always a good idea to think of them as "rules."

    Que pas? Is this not the same as there are "spools of rules" or has this thread become unruly?

  10. #20
    Beautiful Loser
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    Re: Rules for Writing

    <http://www.junketstudies.com/rulesofw/>

    See if the link works now.

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