Category Archives: Grammar

Good Old-fashioned Puns…

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lie and lay

Having trouble with the verbs “lie” and “lay”? Can’t remember which is transitive? Can’t recall whether you “lay” or “laid” on the floor after the party? Read this humo(u)rous post (with poem) on the subject: “Recumbent Lie vs. Setdown Lay”

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Apps for Learners of English

There are loads of apps for learners of English out there, so we’ve done some research and tested a few for you. Language apps are perfect to take on holiday with you (if you’re staying somewhere with an internet connection … Continue reading

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The 23 Worst Parts About Being Good At Grammar

Buzzfeed sums it up: http://www.buzzfeed.com/awesomer/youre-grammar-sucks?bffb

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Bad Grammar Awards

Most tastiest? Less lorries? The Idler Academy has announced the shortlist for its 2014 Bad Grammar Award, set up to highlight “the incorrect use of English by people and institutions who should know better”. (Full article: http://www.theguardian.com/books/2014/apr/28/bad-grammar-award-shortlist-english-language-nhs-tesco?CMP=fb_gu) The top offenders? … Continue reading

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“Bad” jokes

OK, we admit that there are quite a few jokes out there that make students groan…but they are indeed often of linguistic interest. Perhaps you’ve seen these before: The EFL SMARTblog: Why did the mushroom go to the party?.  

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How Y’all, Youse and You Guys Talk — Dialect Quiz

This quiz has been all over social media the last few weeks. Give it a try to see where your North American English falls, or just to see the variety y’all might encounter if you dig deep…or just to see … Continue reading

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