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Saturday, January 12, 2013

Writing Resources

Common Writing Mistakes
Common Avoidable Errors
7 Common Mistakes
20 Common Grammar Mistakes That Almost Everyone Gets Wrong
Humorous Reminders

50 Rhetorical Devices for Rational Writing
Rhetorical Devices
Using Rhetorical Strategies for Persuasion
Rhetorical Strategies for Essay Writing

Thou Shalt Not Commit Logical Fallacies
OWL Grammar
Run-ons

2 comments:

Andrea Clark said...

I've been reading Alice in Wonderland to my kids and I am struck by the use of apostrophes. Apostrophes mark where letters have been left out of words, so why would we drop some apostrophes and not others?

wo'n't
ca'n't
sha'n't

Troy Camplin said...

It's one of those things that have changed over time. Consider the fact that "through" is pronounced "throo" now, though once all the letters were pronounced. Same with "knife," etc.

In the case of can't, if you shorten "cannot," you get "can't" by removing the "no". The same, presumably from "can not."

There is evidence that "shan't" was once "sha'n't."