Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Language used by current college freshmen

For examples of language we can expect from our students in four years, check Ben Yagoda's Chronicle of Higher Education blog. He explains that this year's college freshmen use however as a conjunction, and when they start a sentence with and or but, they follow the word with a comma. They view colons and semi-colons as interchangeable. And for them, "Whether to write 'its' and 'your,' on the one hand, or 'it’s' and 'you’re,' on the other, depends on the way you feel at that particular moment."

hat tip: Allison Ortlieb



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