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Hi Justin and Matt, To be utterly precise, "pickin'-up" is both a compound word AND a contraction (short form of "picking"). Indeed, what I said in the earlier posting was: "1) Well spotted. I think you'll agree that it is an interesting stylistic choice by the author, to indicate very informal speech, e.g. in Children of the Bush. Logically, it's both a contraction and a compound-word, so therefore also a word." What Henry Lawson, writing in the late C19 early C20, was doing, was very formal writing style to mimic very informal speech, so he nods to the bits that were elided. It's a small point. What I shall announce this afternoon via the LMS email is that I plan to mark the provided samples as per the provided profiles, but for the longer works I'll allow a margin of 10%, to account for all the small differences in interpretation. Thanks for your diligence and observation. If we were a F2F unit, you'd certainly be getting prizes. Cheers MichaelW

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