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Chapter 26. Grammar 101 > Usage Errors - Pg. 302

Grammar 101 Adverbs afterward today then almost when where already low yesterday back here far hard rather late long next too never tomorrow often soon still near 302 Usage Errors Usage is the customary way we use language in speech and writing. There are different levels of usage to suit different audiences. Here's the run-down: Formal Usage educated forums Informal Usage everyday speech Nonstandard Usage Don't go there. For example, someone writing or speaking formal English might say, "They have not done anything." Note the elevated diction and lack of contractions. Informal usage, in contrast, would be "They've done nothing." Nonstandard would be something like "They ain't done nuttin'." Nonstandard usage, which includes slang, weird spelling and punctuation, and inappropriate verbs, is never acceptable in educated speech and writing. Here are some expressions to avoid: Unacceptable irregardless being that had ought this here hisself (etc.) like I told you off of real good that there kind of Acceptable regardless since ought this himself (etc.) as I told you off really good that sort of Word Watch Usage is the customary way we use language in speech and writing. Now let's turn to some other usage issues: