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How Good Is Your Grammar?

May 13th, 2016

books10a-768x156-blogI’m rather tired of all the hoo-hah about sats exams. They were interviewing some children on BBC’s One Show last Monday and the majority of them didn’t seem half as ‘stressed’ or up-tight about the issue as their parents and teachers.  Plus, when they asked parents, grandparents and children to sit a mock exam the children romped into the lead.

But the most interesting part was the fact that the person conducting the report for the BBC only achieved 43% (the average for the children was 74%)but when the studio guest, German comedian Henning When, took the test his mark was 73%. Does this show that the Germans are ahead of us in the league tables? Or does it just go to prove that having to learn a foreign language (in his case English) helps you to get to grips with grammar? Read the rest of this entry »

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etymology |,etə’mäləjē|

November 24th, 2014

Stop-Arret-blogStop! – just think. Where does that word come from? If you’ve ever driven in France you’ll know not to jump in with an answer because on French road signs it doesn’t say ‘Arretez-Vous’ or ‘Cesser,’ it says ‘Stop,’ just like on ours. ‘Stopper’ is a verb in French dictionaries, and you know how fussy those Galls can be. They even have a government institution keeping tabs on their language – the Académie Française, which is almost as intimidating as the British W.I.* Read the rest of this entry »

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? Woz-orl dis Gramma stuff anyhow

November 5th, 2014

Grammar-blogBack in the 1970s something strange happened in British schools – they stopped the formal teaching of grammar. Why? Well, not being a linguist … I’m not absolutely sure. All I know is that, having left school in 1979 with a very sketchy knowledge of the subject, it’s caused me a number of problems over the years. Read the rest of this entry »

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Effective Proofreading

January 27th, 2014

You may think it’s not that important for your work to be accurate – we’re talking spelling, grammar and punctuation – especially in these days of self-publishing, but it really is. Why? Because, if you’re producing articles, it gives your writing a certain gravitas that helps others trust in what you are saying. And, if you’re writing fiction, it makes your story flow so much better so that the reader can really get into it. Read the rest of this entry »

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Common Writing Misconceptions! Part 2

November 13th, 2013

Following on from last Wednesday – here are some more common grammar misconceptions!

It’s double negatives next. These were used much more in days of old, not used so much now however, as they are considered incorrect. But, you’ve guessed it, they’re not always! Read the rest of this entry »

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