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Oct 3, 2008, 12:18 AM
Many — most? — of the rules (http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/r.html#rules) in this guide are concerned with written rather than spoken English, and, what's more, with written language of a certain degree of formality. That's to say, I'm trying to describe the kind of prose that's appropriate for a college English paper. Many no-no's in a college English paper, though, are perfectly acceptable in other contexts; don't get dogmatic (http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/b.html#bugbears) on me. See Audience (http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/a.html#audience), Prescriptive versus Descriptive Grammars (http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/p.html#prescriptive), and Rules (http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~jlynch/Writing/r.html#rules).

Sep 11, 2011, 11:48 AM
:( I am bad at that, don't know which is formal and which is informal:(