RULE OF THE WEEK
It is not against the rules to use contractions.
Contractions were used by the old masters such as Shakespeare; his title, “All’s Well That Ends Well”, is a good example.
Contractions might be avoided in more formal writings but they have widespread acceptance in all other forms.
The only caution is to avoid awkward those that can morph into poor grammar such as “could of” or “should of”. Contractions such as “who’re”, why’d”, “when’ll”, “why’s” or “there’ll” just sound bad and should be avoided.
Source: Patricia T. O’Connor, Origins of the Specious.
What is a run-on sentence?
What is incorrect about a run-on sentence?
What are the best methods to correct run-on sentences?
Read the following and determine if they are run-on sentences.
Correct the mistakes that you find and state the applicable rule.
“The boy showed us his tickets someone gave them to him.”
“We often speak in run-on sentences, we make pauses and change our tone so people can understand us.”
“When we write no one can hear us.”
The word for today is “philistine”.
What parts of speech can “philistine” be?
Define “philistine” and use it in a sentence that demonstrates its meaning.