Jane Austen or William Gifford?

According to Oxford University English professor Kathryn Sutherland, Jane Austen was a poor speller and erratic grammarian who got a big helping hand from her editor  William Gifford. After studying 1,100 handwritten pages of unpublished work from the pen of Jane Austen, the professor concluded that they contradicted the claim by Austen’s brother Henry that […]

Spanish Grammar Gets a Make-Over

The Royal Language Academy of Spain has launched a new grammar book. It’s taken them 11 years and is contained in two volumes of around 4,000 pages, with another volume coming out in a few months. Spanish is currently spoken by around 500 million people in over 20 countries.

Learn English Grammar – with a Rhyme

A noun’s a person place or thing,Or sometimes even times, like spring.A verb tells what the subject does,Like “jumps” or “fishes,” “is” or “was.”An adjective describes a noun,Like “happy”, “ugly,” “rich” or “brown.”An adverb tells you how or when,Like “quietly”, or “well” or “when.”A pronoun takes the noun’s own place,Like “they” for “children,” “she” for […]


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