Another enjoyable post from writer/blogger Mark Huntley-James as he tackles Grammar. I hope you enjoy it as much as I did.
Grammar rules, OK.
Breakages will be reported, criticised and condemned.
I never learned much in the way of English grammar. Plenty of French, Latin and Greek, but very little English. I’ve largely forgotten the former three, and now I just struggle with my native tongue and frankly the natives can get pretty damned restless if not outright hostile. For some reason, there are two things which bring out the tyrants, the complainers, the rabid proselytisers – grammar and spelling.
When I was a kid I was frequently told that there was no such word as ‘can’t’. Not even finding a suitably recent and liberal dictionary containing the fabulous ‘can’t’ could put an end to the assertion. There simply was no such word, no matter how many people used it, in speech and print. Now roll on a few years, to my teens, and those immortal words: to boldly go where…
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