Fatal Mistakes in English
Patty's response to a recent question reminded me of a friend's classroom rule about English usage. He teaches 11th grade AP History and gives the following "rules" to his students each year.
The following English mistakes will result in failure for your paper/exam.
1. Not capitalizing the first word of a sentence. Not capitalizing "I". Not capitalizing proper names and place-names. Not ending a sentence with a period, exclamation point, or question mark. Using ALL CAPS.
2. Using text messaging abbreviations. (They have their place, but it is not in your homework, reports, term papers, or exams.)
3. Incomplete sentences.
4. Run-on sentences or comma splices.
5. Misspelled words. (Use your spell-checker and dictionary.)
On this forum, can we add not asking a question and making us guess what you want to know?
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