English language help

Discussion in 'RPG' started by Miss Lockheart, Sep 16, 2008.

  1. The Fatal Star Heartless Slayer

    I have a question, though I'm mostly trying to clarify a few things.

    Alright vs. All right - I've been told by older adults that there is no 'alright', that it's slang. But I've always written it as alright, and I've never seen it spelled wrong on spell check. Any ideas?

    Also, I tend to put a comma typically where one would break off when speaking, or when someone takes a breath (not every breath, but more like a break-breath.) I don't know how to discribe it, other than look at my writing style to see. Is this overuse of commas, or is it fine?
  2. Kaoru Hitachiin Fenrir Wielder

    Personally, I always use alright, unless it's saying something like 'you've got it all right', indicating that someone made multiple points in something they said and were dead on. As for commas, it doesn't look like an overuse to me. I use the same writing style as well. And even if it isn't 100% dead on correct, it gives you an idea for the rhythm and cadence of the english language.
  3. Spade Bolt tower

    One thing about the english language is versitility. Alright might be slang, but the thing about writing is that you can squelch some of english's pickier points for a sense of style or characterization. As long as it's readable, and still regisiters as english, it should be fine.

    alright vs. all right

    alot vs. a lot

    These things are usually up for interpretation, whereas there, their, and they're are three different things, and should be used accordingly.
  4. unless it says "a" as in weigh or neigh
    I thought up this continuation of the rhyme awhile ago, and I'm pretty sure it works
    the only other exceptions that I can think of are just the "weird" ones, like weird
  5. Axizol The Ostrich King

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/alright

    http://dictionary.reference.com/browse/alot

    Thing is, though, "alot" actually isn't a word, while "Alright" is a word.


    Everything will be all right.

    My day was alright.


    Those statements have two completely different meanings. "All Right" and "Alright" are also used in different context and change based on connotation.

    This rule could generally work, though sometimes commas aren't exactly necessary at some breath-breaks.

    This sentence specifically:

    First of, describe*.

    Secondly, this sentence doesn't need a comma. Commas should be used to separate different thoughts, which are grouped in sentences.

    http://owl.english.purdue.edu/owl/resource/607/02/

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