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By Michael D C Drout; Recorded Books, Inc

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Professor Drout keeps to discover humanity's intimate organization with language with language, the following delving into the finer issues of grammar. The intricacies of grammar, in truth, shouldn't be relegated to the area of fussy "guardians of the language," yet are relatively crucial clues all can hire to speak extra precisely. In any such gentle, this cours varieties a useful consultant for everybody from all fields of Read more...

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So we no longer had thou, which was considered rude, but we then had the same word, “you,” trying to fulfil both singular and plural roles. Demonstratives Demonstrative pronouns point out, or demonstrate, particular nouns. ” Some grammarians would even include the “articles” “the” and “a” among the demonstratives (and this is what I do in my Old English grammar book, King Alfred’s Grammar). We distinguish between the definite article, “the,” and the indefinite article, “a” (which follows a phonetic rule to change automatically into “an” in the phonetic environment of being before a vowel) by following a series of rules.

And words are combined to create sentences (along the way they create phrases and clauses, but modern grammar looks at those as not being as fundamental as the sentences themselves). But we cannot just jam any old words together in any order to create a sentence. There are different constraints on what sentences we can write and have them make sense. Here are a few possibilities: Alligator burp car donkey exit fulsome gabardine honk. Zebras always wear clean underpants. Colorless green ideas sleep furiously.

So if we go back to that student’s “large amount of problems,” we see the problem. “Problems” are count nouns: they are individual things, and we can count them: one problem, two problems, etc. So applying “amount,” which belongs with a mass noun to the count noun “problems,” creates a grammatical infelicity. English also deals with mass nouns in complex ways. For example, “bread” is a mass noun (just bread in general, all or any bread). ” Now that it’s a count noun, we can apply quantifiers. qxp:UT123_Way with Words III Bklt 5/7/08 8:44 AM Needless to say, these distinctions can be difficult to keep track of, particularly because many words can be both mass nouns and count nouns depending upon the context.

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