Category Archives: Grammar

A daily grammar lesson – free

Sign up for a daily grammar lesson sent by email direct to your inbox at: It looks a useful way revising knowledge you should already have, and then later lessons will extend it. I’ve looked at the archive of … Continue reading

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Grrr…. Grrr… Grrrrammar

I love learning about grammar. No, really. And I am continually learning new things about it. However, I’m aware that my enthusiasm is not shared by everyone. Not even, sadly, by all English Language students. I’m also aware that I … Continue reading

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Grammar’s escaped!

You thought it was safely confined to me, Radio4, and maybe some other things that no-one pays any attention to. But now it’s spilled over into the Sunday morning BBC 6Music show with top comedian Russell Howard and his mate … Continue reading

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Save the OED!

Well, there’s little chance that the Oxford English Dictionary itself, possibly the world’s greatest work of reference, will go to the wall. But our access to it is under threat. I was told today that the school’s subscription will not … Continue reading

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Have M&S got fewer standards than they used to?

I went to Chester at the weekend and saw this remarkable sight: What’s going on there then? What’s the situation in Doncaster M&S? What about the supermarkets/shops that you use or work in? There’s plenty of online discussions of this … Continue reading

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The science of literary language

As I was cycling home from work yesterday, I was listening to Material World on Radio 4. You may scoff, but it was better than what I was doing on the way home on Tuesday . Anyhow, Material World is … Continue reading

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Extended noun phrases in estate agents’ property descriptions

Any advance on 25 words?

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