On “Passive Aggressive” and Other Wrong-Headed Advice of Strunk &...

Sep 9, 2015 by

This post is prompted by a recent Facebook discussion about the “50 Years of Stupid Grammar Advice” article, published by Geoffrey K. Pullum in The Chronicle of Higher Education in April 2009. Although I typically comment on more...

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Dangling Participle: Grammatical Error Or Bad Writing Style?

Dec 12, 2011 by

BY KATERYNA SHILOVA (Stanford Continuing Studies Program, “The Glamour of Grammar”)  The idea to research the subject of a dangling participle came to me after an unsuccessful attempt to amuse my English-speaking husband...

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Don’t do no double negatives

Dec 16, 2010 by

Among the various “poisonous tomatoes” of English grammar — constructions criticized by prescriptive grammarians without any regard to their true “nutritional” value — none gets so much negative...

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To boldly go…

Dec 15, 2010 by

One of the “poisonous tomatoes” of the English grammar — constructions widely-used by speakers (and writers) but frequently castigated by prescriptive grammarians — is the so-called split infinitive, where an...

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On “poisonous tomatoes” of grammar teaching

Dec 14, 2010 by

In yesterday’s posting I wrote about poor standards of teaching language and grammar in schools and the resulting misperceptions leading to “epistemological populism” (any wonder that U.S. school students came in...

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