Caroline Taggart,J.A.Wines

My Grammar and I (Or Should That Be 'Me'?)

Mariacompartió una citahace 5 años
Capital letters are sometimes referred to as ‘upper case’. This is because manual typesetters kept these letters in the upper drawers of a desk – the upper type case. More frequently used letters were stored on a lower shelf, thus ‘lower case’ letters.
Marianna Kouzminskayacompartió una citahace 10 meses
Knowing the rules – and breaking them because you feel like it, not because you don’t know any better – will make you a more confident, creative and entertaining writer and speaker.
Женя Терскийcompartió una citahace 4 años
avoid clichés like the plague
Саша Устюжанинаcompartió una citaanteayer
Here’s a hypothesis – or rather four separate but vaguely related hypotheses – on words beginning with h and an unstressed syllable (or why some people say an history, an hotel and an hypothesis):

1. Once upon a time all educated people spoke French and so pronounced history, such as the French word histoire, with a silent h. Appropriately they gave it the article an.

2. Some – less well-educated and therefore non-French-speaking – people spoke badly, were lazy about pronouncing their aitches, and so got into the habit of saying an ’istory.

3. Educated people disliked dropping aitches, so began to pronounce them in French words that traditionally used the article an: an history.

4. People spoke too quickly, running together the words a and history, so that it became pronounced anistory. When they paused for breath, and separated things out a bit, they thought the word must be an history.

Note the inherent snobbishness of these hypotheses. It crops up a lot in the study of language.

But whatever the origins of the practice may be, the rule is: if the h is pronounced (as in history, hotel and hypothesis), the correct article is a; if it is not pronounced (as in honour and hour), use an.

Swot’s Corner: Some of those old grammarians who decreed that an should be used before an h did so because we aspirated less in those days. Aspiration is the release of air that comes out of our mouths when we speak. If you try talking to a candle flame, you should notice that the flame definitely flickers when you say hotel or history (aspirated), but much less so when you say ’otel or ’istory (unaspirated). On the other hand, if you try talking to a candle flame, people may think you are just a tiny bit sad.
Саша Устюжанинаcompartió una citahace 6 días
A bit pernickety, this one, but something is made from something that has been transformed; it is made of something that is still visible or recognizable:

This ice cream is made from raspberries.

So if you don’t like raspberries, have the chocolate mousse instead.

This pavlova is made of raspberries, cream and meringue.

So if you don’t like raspberries, you can pick them out and I’ll eat them.
Саша Устюжанинаcompartió una citahace 6 días
Graham Greene once wrote:

‘Adjectives are to be avoided unless they are strictly necessary; adverbs too, which is even more important. When I open a book and find that so and so has “answered sharply” or “spoken tenderly”, I shut it again: It’s the dialogue itself which should express the sharpness or the tenderness without any need to use adverbs to underline them.’
Olga Volkovacompartió una citahace 23 días
Every name is called a NOUN,
As field and fountain, street and town;
In place of noun the PRONOUN stands
As he and she can clap their hands;
The ADJECTIVE describes a thing,
As magic wand and bridal ring;
The VERB means action, something done -
To read, to write, to jump, to run;
How things are done, the ADVERBS tell,
As quickly, slowly, badly, well;
The PREPOSITION shows relation,
As in the street, or at the station;
CONJUNCTIONS join, in many ways,
Sentences, words, or phrase and phrase;
The INTERJECTION cries out, ‘Hark!
I need an exclamation mark!’
Through poetry, we learn how each
of these make up THE PARTS OF SPEECH.
Olga Volkovacompartió una citahace 23 días
Smart Alec: A homophone is a word that is pronounced the same as another word but differs in meaning. The words may be spelled the same or differently.
It’s my bizness to be definate

Here are the correct spellings of a random selection of commonly misspelled*6 words:
Vera Mishukovacompartió una citahace 25 días
Canyou lend me a tenner?
Do you have the money?
Couldyou lend me a tenner?
Would you be so very kind as to entrust me with this sum, secure in the knowledge that I shall pay it back in the fullness of time?
Vera Mishukovacompartió una citahace 25 días
CanI drive your Rolls-Royce?
Well, yes, if your feet can reach the pedals and you understand the concept of a steering wheel.
MayI drive your Rolls-Royce?
Over my dead body.
dmigachcompartió una citahace 3 meses
Useful mnemonic: It’s either all right or all wrong.
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Oksana Karpyshyncompartió una citahace 4 meses
How come needless to say is always followed by something being said?
Oksana Karpyshyncompartió una citahace 4 meses
Q: Doctor, how many autopsies have you performed on dead people? A: All my autopsies are performed on dead people.
Oksana Karpyshyncompartió una citahace 4 meses
‘80 per cent of married men cheat in America…’

The rest cheat in Europe.
Лера Пьянковаcompartió una citahace 4 meses
. Last but not least, avoid clichés like the plague.
Mariacompartió una citahace 4 meses
Less means ‘not as much’.

Fewer means ‘not as many’.
Mariacompartió una citahace 4 meses
I infer from your tone that you are angry with me.

I didn’t mean to imply that.
Mariacompartió una citahace 4 meses
Due to means ‘caused by’.

Owing to means ‘because of’.
Александраcompartió una citahace 5 meses
Less means ‘not as much’.
Fewer means ‘not as many’
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