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English Two
Winter Term 2009-10
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The Exploratorium

This is a new section on the E2 page that is meant to give you an opportunity to explore the problems we encounter in class, as well as the ones you dig up on your own. It would be a terrible waste of time and effort if we didn't use these results and ideas and made them available to everybody in our class.

So we are going to use this page to collect and polish whatever gems of insight we come across during class, and of course everyone is welcome to share any valuable research they do on their own time.

Hyphens

composed nouns:

*Generally written without a hyphen

*Useful if 2 nouns are used to describe a third one -> prevents ambiguity

->In case of clear relation of the nouns: hyphen can be dropped

->Usage is formally correct, facilates reading and understanding

e.g.: -web browser, not web-browser

-web code archive ≠ web-code archive

*enumerations where nouns have a part in common, which is just listed once in the end

-> no hyphen, because composed nouns are not written together like in German

e.g. start and stop bit (German: Start- und Stopbit)

composed adjectives:

*generally with a hyphen

e.g. high-speed computer

*exception: adjective follows the word described

grammatical endings of verbs:

*written without a hyphen

*exception: verb is used as an adjective

Everyday Patterns of Intonation

They're certainly far less complex than most of you will have been led to believe.

The Weird and the Glorious

If you didn't know already, English is weird. And what you can do with its words and phrases to suit any conceivable purpose is even weirder.

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