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Archive for October 2016

The Tricky Order of Adjectives

If you’re confused about this, you’re not alone. J. R. R. Tolkien ran into this little-known quirk of English grammar when he first began writing: I first tried to write a story when I was about seven. It was about a dragon. . . . My mother said nothing about the dragon, but pointed out… (read more)

Lots and Lots of Clauses

“The alternative, should you, or any writer of English, choose to employ it (and who is to stop you?) is, by use of subordinate clause upon subordinate clause, which itself may be subordinated to those clauses that have gone before or after, to construct a sentence of such labyrinthine grammatical complexity that, like Theseus before… (read more)