Some years ago, two US teachers discussed with me their views of how the English language is deteriorating in their countries, and that it worried them. The rest of the population doesn’t seem to care much, or not at all. It is rather like the demise of an ancient art, such as Japanese paper making. Only a handful of people still do it…
As a foreigner I remember the irregular verbs like this, because we HAD to learn them and were tested on our knowledge. Perhaps that is what teachers don’t do anymore…
For example, at my workplace we often use numbered lists within tables. I think the numbered list should always be left-justified, even if the contents of all the other cells in the table are center-justified. My co-worker will center the numbered list, so it is “consistent,” but I think it appears awkward.
Maybe it’s just me, but I noticed you used “I myself” as a proper way of using the word “myself.” I’m not an English pro, but this seems like redundancy. Is it so or not? HELP!!
Paul, it’s used this way only for emphasis. Sometimes a sentence might have several connotations. Note the difference between “He did it” and “He did it himself.” The actual meaning (the denotation) is the same, but the emphasis adds a nuance to that meaning that isn’t easy to convey in any other way.
Thanks for this great post,we often overlook the simple details of basic vocabulary when blogging especially when in a hurry.
Award for the best reply goes to Brian for… “M, you’re absolutely wrong, but thanks for being brave enough to let everyone know.” Excellent!
I always avoided i.e. and e.g. because I never heard an explanation that clearly explained the difference, but you’ve got me sorted now. Thanks!
Me, myself and I are often confused by the fact the English speaking people are so bad as spelling. I often hear in the office: how do I spell that mate? Amazing, isn’t it?
Out of near desperation, I am asking this here. Where, how, what books, or materials can I use to learn how to write. English is my second language but I did my college in the USA, and have been living and working in English for the last 15 years and English is the language that I use 95% of the time. My new employer requires me to maintain a blog – software programing, and business startup topics-, and I don’t want to sound dumb buy using the wrong tenses, making glaring grammatical errors, construction sentences wrongly. So I want to learn how to write with the correct grammar, spelling, and proper sentence constructions etc. I am willing to put the time and effort. I kindly request for some recommendations or advice, Thank you
How can I reword sentences so the word YOU does not keep appearing too often? Example: Are you pretending to be something that you are not? Doing that means you will never be the person you were meant to be. The truth will set you free. Be responsible for your life by fixing yourself and not waiting around for someone else to take the power over you, to fix you.
My teachings have always been to avoid the stark shock of seeing you blaring at someone. Especially at the start of a sentence. I’m writing a blog, trying to avoid YOU anymore than one or two times per paragraph. Not knowing how to reword the sentences makes me crazy. Was hoping there was a rule I was missing or a trick of some sort of a trick method.