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Anonymous asked:
Is it okay to use any special formatting (bold, italics, underline, strikethrough) in a school paper?

If you’re a student, you are most likely required to follow the guidelines set by the Modern Language Association of America. (In other words, you are writing in MLA style.)

To ensure that you use the correct formatting, watch the following videos:

1. Purdue OWL: MLA Formatting – The Basics

2. MLA Style Using Microsoft Word

If you don’t want to watch videos (especially one that is longer than 20 minutes), then peruse through the Purdue OWL’s excellent instructions and tips.

Lastly, if your teacher does not endorse MLA style, ask him or her for guidelines. It’s always better to be safe than sorry.


luzbeef asked:
Hey! I hope this isn't a dumb question but it seems as though the word anyways with an S at the end is commonly used. Is it considered incorrect?

It’s not a dumb question at all. Thousands of people get this wrong.

The difference between “anyway" and "anyways" boils down to the difference between written and spoken English.

In spoken English, we get away with using “anyways" all the time because most of us don’t have the Grammar Police correcting every little mistake we make in conversational English. (And because no one corrects us, we assume that it’s right.)


To recap, “anyway" is considered standard: "Emma laughed at his joke anyway.”


Anyways" is considered an informal variant of “anyway.” It should only be used in informal contexts. Do not use it in your essays.

TIP: Get into the habit of using “anyway” even in your text messages, tweets, and Facebook and Tumblr posts.



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