Writing. In conversational writing, I use a lot of non-standard contractions because they're written versions of how people actually say things. Every one of them, despite the fact that you hear people say it a lot, has been commented on at least once.
Originally Posted by NEOWatcher
Actually, one of Graham's textbooks for this quarter has a chapter-long strawman against prescriptivists which goes on about how we all believe you should never use contractions. And I wouldn't, in a term paper. However, the author seems to think that all writing is thought by people like me to be formal writing, and that we all insist on far stricter rules than most of the prescriptivists I know, and know of, really do. He implies that we don't know that language changes and evolves. Frankly, I spent a lot more time ranting about that book than it deserved, and poor Graham didn't care anywhere near as much as I did, though I think he still mostly agreed with me.
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