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All you need to know about the Passive

Geoff Pullum on Passives (if you are feeling particularly geeky, there are four more excellent videos on the Passive by this renowned scholar) Advertisements

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BETWEEN YOU AND I THE ENGLISH LANGUAGE IS GOING TO THE DOGS

Lively debate on prescriptivism

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Useful vocabulary for job interviews

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How to ask for clarification and deal with difficult questions

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More Pinkerese on good writing

http://www.theguardian.com/books/booksblog/2015/oct/06/steven-pinker-alleged-rules-of-writing-superstitions

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MOOC on Academic Writing

About this course College Writing 2.1x is an introduction to academic writing for English Language Learners, focusing on essay development, grammatical correctness, and self-editing. The five-week course includes a review of basic grammar terminology and understanding; writing effective sentences and … Continue reading

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The Sense of Style: The Thinking Person’s Guide to Writing in the 21st Century

“Why is so much writing so bad? And how can we make it better?” Professor Steven Pinker has been praised for his ability to transform extremely complex ideas and concepts into short, simple sentences. In this lecture he talks about … Continue reading

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