English Grammar Boot Camp

English Grammar Boot Camp Grammar For many of us the word triggers memories of finger wagging schoolteachers and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language But what is grammar In fact it

  • Title: English Grammar Boot Camp
  • Author: Anne Curzan
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  • Grammar For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language But what is grammar In fact, it s the integral basis of how we speak and write.As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and you Grammar For many of us, the word triggers memories of finger wagging schoolteachers, and of wrestling with the ambiguous and complicated rules of using formal language But what is grammar In fact, it s the integral basis of how we speak and write.As such, a refined awareness of grammar opens a world of possibilities for both your pleasure in the English language and your skill in using it, in both speech and the written word As a foundation for writing, a detailed grounding in grammar and usage will hugely expand your resources for meaningful verbal expression, for navigating the subtleties of the language, and for achieving clarity of communication and stylistic power.In English Grammar Boot Camp, linguist and popular Great Courses instructor Professor Curzan takes you on an enjoyable exploration of the essential aspects of English grammar These 24 spirited and accessible lectures offer you a comprehensive core training a linguistic boot camp, by which we mean a thorough immersion in all of the key elements of English grammar and usage, in their most immediate, practical application.Here you get a breadth of perspective and context you won t find elsewhere, leaving you with a choices and rich verbal resources for your own use of the language In discussing the different parts of speech, Professor Curzan directs your attention to how the element at hand evolved Highlighting reflections from 18th and 19th century usage guides as well as from multiple modern commentators, she guides you in examining real world language use in a variety of contexts, helping you develop a sophisticated frame of reference and a deep awareness of the idiosyncrasies of English.This delightful and superbly insightful course offers you a unique opportunity to explore the linguistic riches of the English language, and to significantly deepen your mastery of grammar, usage, and style Get A Copy Kindle Store Online StoresAudibleBarnes NobleWalmart eBooksGoogle PlayAbebooksBook DepositoryAlibrisBetter World BooksIndieBoundLibraries Or buy for Audible Audio Published August 19th 2016 by Great Courses More Details ASIN B01K50H3E0 Edition Language English Other Editions 1 All Editions Add a New Edition Combine Less Detail edit details Friend Reviews To see what your friends thought of this book, please sign up Reader QA To ask other readers questions about English Grammar Boot Camp, please sign up

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be what you need Even if y Not a Boot Camp More Like A Shoe ShineProfessor Anne Curzan is knowledgeable about grammar, but her lectures belie the course title The lectures are cursory and repetitive Often she covers trends in grammar and not the basics If you are looking for something to learn grammar skills from the ground up, this course is not for you If you are already pretty good at grammar, English is not your first language, and you re looking for a bit of polish, this course might be what you need Even if you fit the profile above, I would caution you that Anne teaches this course at a glacial speed One could decide to listen faster than regular speed, but for the odd time when she says something fundamental to grammar, you ll have to rewind Anne is also repetitive In a live classroom setting, repetition is perhaps a good teaching technique, but when a listener can rewind or listen over and over again as many times as they want, it s very annoying If a listener were to cut out the prolonged pauses, the repetition, and the tangents, you might end up with a course only one fifth as long as the original flag 8 likesLike see review Dec 26, 2016 Emily Michael rated it really liked it Enjoyable but not terribly exciting I m a huge grammar geek, but I didn t find these lectures particularly compelling Curzan is well versed and committed to giving an honest picture of where English grammar is I did appreciate her coverage of current issues and her attempt to be non biased about contemporary changes However, this is not my favorite book or course on English grammar or linguistics flag 5 likesLike see review View 1 comment Sep 15, 2017 Morgan Blackledge rated it really liked it Many years ago, I was having a casual probably drunken conversation with a college friend, and she corrected my spoken grammar Cue sound of needle dragging across vinyl OH NO YOU DITENT A rich doubtlessly insufferable conversation the kind you only have in college ensued.I argued that the English language is and always has been evolving with use, and that usage should dictate standards, as opposed to standardization dictating what we the people can and cannot say and writeA Many years ago, I was having a casual probably drunken conversation with a college friend, and she corrected my spoken grammar Cue sound of needle dragging across vinyl OH NO YOU DITENT A rich doubtlessly insufferable conversation the kind you only have in college ensued.I argued that the English language is and always has been evolving with use, and that usage should dictate standards, as opposed to standardization dictating what we the people can and cannot say and writeAH I think I cited Shakespeare s many innovative contributions to contemporary now standard English, that people like her would have scoffed at and resisted blah, blah, blah She pushed back, arguing that she couldn t help noticing and correcting my atrocious crimes against the queens tongue, and further argued that her mother an English teacher would light me up if I spoke like that in her presence We agreed to disagree But something about the conversation just bothered me, and stuck with me all these years later.I felt so judged, so invalidated, so misunderstood I m not proud of that But there you go Call it fragile masculinity if you will All these years later, I m finally understanding that the prescriptive v descriptive debate we were having was and still is playing out between Linguistics and English departments across the land Wild and crazy linguists argue that use should dictate standards, and stodgy grammarians argue that standards should dictate use As is the case with most either or debates, the answer is both and.The English as it used to be refered to is and always has been evolving with use, and standardization is an important part of that process.This course is devoted to exploring and clarifying general and specific issues in the evolution and standardization of formal and informal written and spoken and now texted, e mailed and tweeted English The instructor, Anne Curzan is excellent, if awkward at times as is so often the case with authentically nerdy experts Her apparent social anxiety may MAY be a contributing factor to one of my main points of contention with the course Time and time again, Curzan orients the course toward the objective of avoiding being negatively judged by a learned reader That s a fine goal I understand You d hardly know it, but I m motivated to not look like a total dumbass in my writing Considering the real world consequences of a poorly turned fraise, or poorly punctuated, misspelled or otherwise fucked up sentence But what about the other agenda of writing You know, the whole effective communication of ideas thing Curzan seems way less concerned with that whole business And I think that s unfortunate In Elements of Style, Steven Pinker asserts that the writers implicit objective is to encode a web of ideas, into a string of words, using a tree of phrases Pinker continues, that aspiring wordsmiths would do well to cultivate this awareness.I m with Steve on this one although again, you d hardly know it.One of the interesting aspects of Curzan s research has to do with the MS Word grammar correction function its origins i.e where the fuck did they get their grammar rules from because there isn t actually one authoritative source for the rules of grammar and it s potentially immense impact on written English.For AI paranoia people, or fans of Ray Kurzweil, this may be a singularity moment that is so under the radar that almost no one has noticed Curzan also researches the emergent grammar including punctuation trends of e mail, texting, FB, Twitter etc in short there are definitely emergent grammar conventions in these mediumsAT This course is fascinating.It has left me way curious about the subject.I learned a lot.Mission accomplished.Cue image of George W Bush a boss grammarian if ever there was one in a flight suit on the deck of the the USS Abraham Lincoln.WARNING this course is not a primer on basic English grammar as the title may reasonably lead you to believe It s actually pretty technical and you may feel lost in parts of it if you re not already fairly well familiar with the argot of the field BTW I gave it four stars instead of five because Steven Pinker.That s an inside joke you probably won t understand unless you listen to the course, and even then you sill probably won t find it funny flag 3 likesLike see review Jun 05, 2018 DebsD rated it really liked it Shelves z018 nblchallenge, z018 modernmrsdarcy, z018 bookish, z018 aroundtheyear, z018 52in52weeks, z018 atozchallenge, nonfiction, rating 4 stars, audio ish, education I enjoyed this series of lectures and it has, I think, left me flexible and open minded about grammar, although I did end it thinking that maybe I wasn t quite so obsessed with the topic as I d thought i.e I enjoyed this but not enough to consider doing a whole degree in it flag 3 likesLike see review Feb 06, 2017 Anne rated it really liked it Interesting for the history and musings on the changeable nature of our language flag 3 likesLike see review May 29, 2017 Elizabeth rated it it was amazing As a writing coach who aims to do this sort of clarity, I admire the balanced style neither pedantic nor overly loose The lecturer has a talent for explaining challenging concepts with charm I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did flag 2 likesLike see review Jan 17, 2019 Andrew Obrigewitsch rated it really liked it Shelves educational I can honestly say that I sucked at gammer I was never properly taught grammar in school, but this book greatly helped me flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 23, 2017 Ryk Stanton rated it it was amazing Watch out, everyone Stanton just listened to another of the Great Courses about grammar This was pretty interesting I would not have minded sitting through the actual college course and I love the idea behind these audiobooks, by the way a half hour a day, listening to lectures, and you pretty much have an entire college course in your head.The thing about knowing your grammar as I feel I do and listening to a course like this, though, is that they ask you to unlearn some of what you ar Watch out, everyone Stanton just listened to another of the Great Courses about grammar This was pretty interesting I would not have minded sitting through the actual college course and I love the idea behind these audiobooks, by the way a half hour a day, listening to lectures, and you pretty much have an entire college course in your head.The thing about knowing your grammar as I feel I do and listening to a course like this, though, is that they ask you to unlearn some of what you are pretty sure you know Like I know that a plural pronoun needs a plural antecedent, but this course provides backstory to this idea and challenges it using reputable texts I know this idea of mine is losing traction and that some style guides and Grammar Girl, whom I admire now accept they as a non specific singular third person pronoun, but such loose rules kind of bother me.That s not Professor Curzan s fault, by the way, and I appreciate the work she s done putting this together I guess the one thing that is sticking in my craw is that things I would mark on a college essay such as zero case possessives such as my mom house are referred to as grammatical Pet Peeves.Still, I like things that open my head, so five for five from me flag 2 likesLike see review Apr 03, 2017 Neil Pearson rated it it was ok I think I enjoyed the context and historical views in this series so than the actual grammar That s largely due to the discovery that grammar is something I need to sit down and work on and I find it hard to learn a rule from hearing a couple of examples That s a personal learning issue than a criticism of the series I think it works well in making me aware of things I was previously unaware of and serves as a springboard for buying some reference books It has at least made me think I think I enjoyed the context and historical views in this series so than the actual grammar That s largely due to the discovery that grammar is something I need to sit down and work on and I find it hard to learn a rule from hearing a couple of examples That s a personal learning issue than a criticism of the series I think it works well in making me aware of things I was previously unaware of and serves as a springboard for buying some reference books It has at least made me think about my writing carefully and possibly made me a little self conscious until I practice and fully grasp the material The lecturer does a good job of reassuring the listener that some aspects of grammar are fluid and there s never been a long period in the history of English where the grammar has been fixed While I can benefit from commitiing the lessons to memory, I think the aspect I enjoyed the most was the linguistic aspect flag 2 likesLike see review Jul 30, 2018 Jami rated it really liked it Shelves audible books, non fiction informative I enjoyed this audio book The instructor was good and had a good sense of humor, which I appreciated I was very interested to see that some of the things that I had questions on i.e usage of who, whom, or that who when referring to a person were issues shared by many others I was surprised to learn that there was so much division between what is is not considered acceptable in formal writing, even among the experts Many times, the advice was to do what looks feels right to you, or the mo I enjoyed this audio book The instructor was good and had a good sense of humor, which I appreciated I was very interested to see that some of the things that I had questions on i.e usage of who, whom, or that who when referring to a person were issues shared by many others I was surprised to learn that there was so much division between what is is not considered acceptable in formal writing, even among the experts Many times, the advice was to do what looks feels right to you, or the lawyerly advice of it depends She also explained how some usage came into existence, as well as described how language usage shifts over the years Many of the things that we consider to be hard and fast grammar rules actually derive from one person s preference that happened to be published at a certain time One thing I found fascinating was when she talked about the influence of the Microsoft grammar checker, and how if that software marks something as wrong even if it is not wrong , it can have an impact on our language When she was describing some of the definitions of some parts of speech, or rules that apply in some situations but not others, I realized that I never actually learned a lot of this formally, but rather, absorbed it through reading and conversations I can definitely see why English can be difficult to learn as a second language, with all of the nuances flag 1 likeLike see review Jul 23, 2018 Tyler Wenzel rated it really liked it review of another edition Took a dry topic and made it decently interesting while also treating the English language with the flexibility it deserves The approach of viewing language not as a strict grammarian, but rather through the lens of linguistics is a good approach flag 1 likeLike see review Jun 06, 2017 Phillip rated it it was amazing Shelves audio book, writing What s not to like It is a 12 hour romp through grammar and the history of language flag 1 likeLike see review Nov 21, 2018 Don rated it it was amazing Recommends it for Sheila Shelves read for r e a d This was the first Audible title that I have listened to twice I finished it and started it over a minute later I wish I had listened to this in the 7th Grade I wish I had an instructor that was capable of such complete explanations of the language and usage Instructors always went straight to the rules, never mentioning the realities of grammar and language history I always thought myself ignorant of so many parts of grammar After listening to Anne Curzan explain the differences between c This was the first Audible title that I have listened to twice I finished it and started it over a minute later I wish I had listened to this in the 7th Grade I wish I had an instructor that was capable of such complete explanations of the language and usage Instructors always went straight to the rules, never mentioning the realities of grammar and language history I always thought myself ignorant of so many parts of grammar After listening to Anne Curzan explain the differences between conversational and formal written grammar and usage I am a new person I correct reports almost daily at work I was doing it correctly, most of the time Now I can explain to the authors what my motivation is for making changes Anne Curzan details why certain usage sounded wrong to me She explains why my English teachers in school seemed to never agree on what to correct on my papers I will listen to this again I purchased an American Heritage Dictionary I have explored the online databases Anne Curzan introduces in her lectures Oh how I wish I could sit with her for a day with the reports from work so we could discuss what is happening in the realm of writing that I deal with I am saving this for my daughter, next year I am going to make it mandatory listening flag 1 likeLike see review Mar 06, 2018 Yaaresse rated it liked it Recommended to Yaaresse by Library Shelves audiobook, non fiction, language etymology and dictionaries, first read 2018, the great courses This is a set of 24 lectures by Anne Curzan, a grammarian with the University of Michigan Each lecture is about 30 35 minutes I watched the video version, which is probably useful than the audio only version as the viewer can read along with the numerous examples used The presentation is not quite as polished as some of The Great Courses I ve seen I think the blame for some of that can be inadequate camera cues Curzan moves before the camera angle swtich, which can be distracting and This is a set of 24 lectures by Anne Curzan, a grammarian with the University of Michigan Each lecture is about 30 35 minutes I watched the video version, which is probably useful than the audio only version as the viewer can read along with the numerous examples used The presentation is not quite as polished as some of The Great Courses I ve seen I think the blame for some of that can be inadequate camera cues Curzan moves before the camera angle swtich, which can be distracting and humorous The lecturer seems a little awkward and stiff, but I prefer this over a couple of the courses I ve watched where the presenter was haughty or tried to be too folksy The description of this course might lead one to believe this is a grammar review It does include grammar, but it is really a review of prescriptive versus descriptive language and the main differences between grammatical acceptable and standard non standard Curzan tends to fall on the permissive side of the prescriptive descriptive fence, insisting that the changing nature of language and the fact that spoken language tends to be the driving force of written language makes rules fluid than many of the self appointed grammar police might want to admit While I can t really argue that she s wrong about that she s not, much as I hate to admit it , my stance tends to be summed up by the admonishment used by many parents, which is Just because all your friends appear to be doing it doesn t mean you have to stoop to their level Yes, language undergoes constant change, but we still need some guidelines that amount to than here s a suggestion or if it s in this published article or book, so it must be acceptable That assumes published work is edited First, I ve found grammar and usage errors in so many published books in recent years that it s become a bit of a drinking game Second, I know for a fact that newspapers at the last three places I lived did not employ a single copy editor or proofreader Reporters were expected to edit their own work Perhaps some people who see the errors that make it to print recognize they are errors, but it is equally likely some people think that it is correct and so replicate the errors in their own writing or speech Side note The one trend I wish Curzan had addressed is one that sets my teeth completely on edge, which is way as an intensifier Way Way better Way longer. Perhaps the worst use I ve heard of this includes my other pet peeve way awesome Yeah Way to sound like a verbally challenged five year old The problem is that I know this use of way can be traced back further than I want to admit, so I m not going to win my battle against it What I d like to know, however, is why the use of it has exploded in the last year or two flag 1 likeLike see review Sep 05, 2017 sch rated it it was ok A disappointing series Not systematic, not rigorous, nothing like boot camp Much of a safe space tone The lecturer tends toward the descriptive rather than the prescriptive side, which is a legitimate option for grammarians but not for drill sergeants She likes to talks about herself or her own lecture script, which is often irrelevant and always distracting.Still, I m glad I finished Her historical research proves the relative nature of grammatical rules She has a few memorable A disappointing series Not systematic, not rigorous, nothing like boot camp Much of a safe space tone The lecturer tends toward the descriptive rather than the prescriptive side, which is a legitimate option for grammarians but not for drill sergeants She likes to talks about herself or her own lecture script, which is often irrelevant and always distracting.Still, I m glad I finished Her historical research proves the relative nature of grammatical rules She has a few memorable one liners A preposition is everything a squirrel can do to a tree we are told this is mostly true Some of her digital resources sound interesting The final few lectures include practical advice on writing the known new templates and useful names for words outside the familiar parts of speech discourse markers, existential pronouns, and quotative like flag Like see review Apr 03, 2018 Allan Olley rated it it was amazing This set of courses is about some of the controversies of usage in English than a step by step guide to usage or sentence construction etc Still the lecturer is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker who imparts some interesting ideas and gives lots of interesting perspective on the issues As a pretty permissive English user I was worried the whole thing might be too doctrinaire for my tastes but I was pleased to discover despite the lecturer s admission of her own inner grammando being str This set of courses is about some of the controversies of usage in English than a step by step guide to usage or sentence construction etc Still the lecturer is an engaging and enthusiastic speaker who imparts some interesting ideas and gives lots of interesting perspective on the issues As a pretty permissive English user I was worried the whole thing might be too doctrinaire for my tastes but I was pleased to discover despite the lecturer s admission of her own inner grammando being strong She was actually very open to a fluid use of rules in composition I have only listened to the lectures once and I think a second time through at least would be necessary to really let the information sink in, but there was plenty of stuff of just casual interest that came up, such as the procedures of the American Heritage dictionary usage panel flag Like see review Jul 20, 2018 Kevin Potter rated it really liked it when I started listening to this course, I was very concerned the content would be boring and just rehash things I already knew.I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised.Anne presents the material in a fun, engaging way and does a lot of historical analysis about the language as a whole and the grammar rules, where they came from, what the current trends are, as well as her predictions for where things might go in the future.She s not very prescriptive or proscriptive, but rather offers dif when I started listening to this course, I was very concerned the content would be boring and just rehash things I already knew.I have to say, I was very pleasantly surprised.Anne presents the material in a fun, engaging way and does a lot of historical analysis about the language as a whole and the grammar rules, where they came from, what the current trends are, as well as her predictions for where things might go in the future.She s not very prescriptive or proscriptive, but rather offers differing opinions of the grammarian community and offers suggestions for what things may reflect poorly on you as a writer.Whether you are a beginner, a pro, or even a grammar instructor, I highly recommend giving this a listen flag Like see review Aug 11, 2018 I aqui Medina rated it really liked it I have to compare this audiobook to Understanding Grammar for Powerful Communication The Modern Scholar Way with Words, Vol 3 by Michael D.C Drout I enjoyed the later better, but learned from this one.They both tackle common rules and especially those that don t really make sense They both go into why they re there and whether you should strictly follow them or not Now, Micheal s ends up being a book about a history of English and Anne s about modern grammar and how it changes.Aga I have to compare this audiobook to Understanding Grammar for Powerful Communication The Modern Scholar Way with Words, Vol 3 by Michael D.C Drout I enjoyed the later better, but learned from this one.They both tackle common rules and especially those that don t really make sense They both go into why they re there and whether you should strictly follow them or not Now, Micheal s ends up being a book about a history of English and Anne s about modern grammar and how it changes.Again, if you want to learn about grammar, this one is better If you want to know why English pronunciation is so weird, Understanding Grammar s is the one flag Like see review Jan 12, 2018 Cindy Rollins rated it really liked it Shelves audiobooks, 2018, lectures Since includes Teaching Company lectures, I stopped agonizing whether they should count as books and it helps me keep track of the lectures to which I have listened I enjoyed these grammar discussions Curzon is very liberal in reminding us that language is always fluid while holding us to some standards After twelve hours of grammar instruction, I am still ready to find some lectures on this topic flag Like see review Nov 27, 2018 Rachelle Benson rated it really liked it This was a fascinating listen The engaging Anne not only explores the nooks and crannies of dreaded grammar, but looks at English as an evolving language in the USA To sound terribly provincial, I had no idea British and American English were so subtly different, and apparently becoming so by the day For the grammar geek in me, it was like stepping into another world A world of what oh and surely not flag Like see review Jun 30, 2017 David rated it liked it Good book, bad title I appreciated the scholarship, historical perspectives, and general tone of the lectures, but they definitely aren t a boot camp Boot camps are prescriptive These lectures could have been titled, Everything is acceptable or Grammar rules are really just suggestions flag Like see review Jan 12, 2019 Les rated it really liked it Shelves audiobook Basic at times but interesting and enjoyable It started to make me feel like What the hell is actually important when it comes to grammar I also think I have a bit of voice crush on Professor Curzan Interesting I m not talking obsessive like how I felt about Kirsty Young from BBC s Desert Island Discs, but I could happily listen to Prof Curzan teach me linguistics on a daily basis flag Like see review Oct 15, 2018 Debbie Jacob rated it really liked it review of another edition Even if you know all the grammar in this course, it is interesting to see how grammar has evolved The history is not intrusive Lessons move along at a good pace Quite enjoyable for a grammar course flag Like see review May 24, 2017 Franco rated it it was amazing Shelves audiobooks, essential rereading, non fiction general, self improvement Anne is very entertaining Her content is informative and encouraging I ll need to go through all of the lectures again because I still feel grammatically stupid, but at least I am now aware of my starting point flag Like see review Mar 22, 2018 Alex Shrugged rated it really liked it Shelves history, education Dr Anne Curzan makes this subject fun I am a history buff so I like learning the history about why we say things the way that we do.I bought this course and I will definitely go through it again flag Like see review Aug 29, 2018 Rob Ramos rated it really liked it Not exactly an English Grammar Boot Camp, like a fun romp through curated portions of English grammar about which you may have forgotten This while thinking about current changes in usage and the future of words like whom flag Like see review Feb 20, 2018 Ionu B jescu rated it liked it Not exceptional, but a decent read nonetheless The book s focused on explaining english quirks to native speakers so I haven t learned as much as I d have hoped to, but I don t really regret reading it flag Like see review May 14, 2017 Lamadia rated it really liked it Shelves audio, great courses, nonfiction, reference, linguistics This was so much than I expected I bought it because it was on sale one day at audible, but this was an entire grammar course, encompassing history and usage as well as rules and where they came from It was fascinating as well as instructive, if you like this sort of thing flag Like see review Jun 19, 2017 Julie rated it it was amazing Shelves audible, audiobooks, grammar and writing, nonfiction Hit my linguistics nerd sweet spot Anne is one of my go to people along with John McWhorter flag Like see review previous 1 2 3 4 5 6 7 next new topicDiscuss This Book There are no discussion topics on this book yet Be the first to start one Share Recommend It Stats Recent Status Updates Readers Also Enjoyed Excuse me, where is the library at, jerk 1 likes More quotes renderRatingGraph 54, 83, 44, 7, 2 if rating_details rating_detailssert top rating_graph Company About us Careers Terms Privacy 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    1. English is truly the illegitimate bastard child of Latin and Germanic It often doesn t make any sense This had some interesting content but I had to fast forward through a couple particularly boring lectures Grammar geeks should dig this.


    2. Not a Boot Camp More Like A Shoe ShineProfessor Anne Curzan is knowledgeable about grammar, but her lectures belie the course title The lectures are cursory and repetitive Often she covers trends in grammar and not the basics If you are looking for something to learn grammar skills from the ground up, this course is not for you If you are already pretty good at grammar, English is not your first language, and you re looking for a bit of polish, this course might be what you need Even if y Not a [...]


    3. Enjoyable but not terribly exciting I m a huge grammar geek, but I didn t find these lectures particularly compelling Curzan is well versed and committed to giving an honest picture of where English grammar is I did appreciate her coverage of current issues and her attempt to be non biased about contemporary changes However, this is not my favorite book or course on English grammar or linguistics.


    4. Many years ago, I was having a casual probably drunken conversation with a college friend, and she corrected my spoken grammar Cue sound of needle dragging across vinyl OH NO YOU DITENT A rich doubtlessly insufferable conversation the kind you only have in college ensued.I argued that the English language is and always has been evolving with use, and that usage should dictate standards, as opposed to standardization dictating what we the people can and cannot say and writeA Many years ago, I was [...]


    5. I enjoyed this series of lectures and it has, I think, left me flexible and open minded about grammar, although I did end it thinking that maybe I wasn t quite so obsessed with the topic as I d thought i.e I enjoyed this but not enough to consider doing a whole degree in it



    6. As a writing coach who aims to do this sort of clarity, I admire the balanced style neither pedantic nor overly loose The lecturer has a talent for explaining challenging concepts with charm I was not expecting to enjoy this as much as I did


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