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Appendix 1. Verbs



Verbs tell activities, faculties, or states, for example to think, to work, or to be. They may do this in four Aspects. The Aspects are the Simple, the Progressive, the Perfect, and the Perfect Progressive.  1,076 more words

American English

Why are our politicians too scared to talk about love? A view from Australia

Public services don’t need to be transactional. Let’s not be afraid to talk about adding ‘love’ to the typical public service relationship, says Dr. Jennifer Sinclair in Australia.

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Summer Rain

On a hot June day

I sat on the pier

My legs dangling

Not unlike the participle

So misplaced by the news anchor in her story of the missing person… 169 more words


Dangling Participle & Reflexive Confusion - Thank you, Wired!

This is the opening paragraph to a piece on wired.com about the departure of Jeremy Clarkson from the BBC car / driving show Top Gear. It caught my eye initially because of the himself; the extraneous reflexive is a common error among the wannabe litterati because, as with many grammar mistakes, it sounds to them more dignified (when in reality it is, of course, plain wrong). 175 more words


Week 24 of Loving Somali: Somali grammar is still beautifully crazy

Today was a good Somali day, in spite of some challenges over the past few weeks. I listened to a brief news podcast. (I found that… 281 more words

General Learning

Fools rush in .....2

So I’m not impressed by the “Who is my neighbour?” letter from the Anglican House of Bishops. But within that particular pile of hay, are there any ponies? 256 more words

Passive Voice, Part Six: Is Is Passive?

Read this series from the beginning

Last time, I gave you the following passive-voice sentence:

The word red was written in blue, and the word…

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