My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word

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My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word

Postby M0nsterr » 11 Aug 2012, 09:36

My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word and she said it was two different words. Then she put "work of art"
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Re: I don't even

Postby ceevee369 » 11 Aug 2012, 10:54

Welcome Monsterr.

As you are an ABC, the Mods and crowd would appreciate posting more revealing thread titles.
As for the dispute over a word posted, what in fact IS your point? Is that the same teacher you corrected in your first post?
If so, why not creating a thread about " correcting your English teacher"
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Re: I don't even

Postby archylgp » 11 Aug 2012, 12:04

M0nsterr wrote:My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word and she said it was two different words. Then she put "work of art"


Is ''bus station'' one or two words.
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Re: I don't even

Postby Chris » 11 Aug 2012, 21:52

Merriam Webster says it is a word:

http://www.merriam-webster.com/dictionary/artwork
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Re: I don't even

Postby niaoahgin » 12 Aug 2012, 00:02

You can use google to compare the relative frequency of words or phrases (as an informal spelling or grammar checker) by using quotation marks. See the example below.

http://lmgtfy.com/?q=%22artwork%22

350 million occurrences of the term "artwork" would suggest that it is a word, contrary to what your teacher might have suggested.

A google search will also lead you to articles which may provide some insight into areas of confusion regarding English usage.

From http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Work_of_art

A work of art, artwork, art piece, or art object is an aesthetic item or artistic creation. The term "a work of art" can apply


For such basic inquiries, why not try doing a little bit of your own research first?
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Re: I don't even

Postby Rik » 12 Aug 2012, 01:50

What exactly was the sentence? Both artwork and works of art are valid words/phrases, but how you use them and their meaning can change.

The gallery was full of good artwork.
The gallery was full of good works of art.

These are equivalent in meaning, the galley contains lots of good paintings, sculptures, photographs etc.

The picture was a work of art. Now the meaning has changed, this picture is exceptionally good.
The picture was an artwork. This is not a valid sentence.

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Re: My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word

Postby urodacus » 12 Aug 2012, 10:35

an artwork can be a picture, though.
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Re: My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word

Postby Battery9 » 12 Aug 2012, 12:21

If you lost points on a test or essay, I would be annoyed. But if she/he just wanted to teach you a better way to say it, then it's OK.
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Re: I don't even

Postby trubadour » 12 Aug 2012, 12:45



holy shait! :loco: :thumbsup:
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Re: My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word

Postby lostinasia » 12 Aug 2012, 16:42

M0nsterr wrote:My English teacher said that "artwork" isn't a word and she said it was two different words. Then she put "work of art"

One possibility: did she want you to say, for example, "five works of art" rather than "five artworks"? Because if that was the case, then I'd prefer "works of art" too - "artworks" sounds odd.
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