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I have spent most of my career in government service, much of it abroad. I have a degree in English Language and Literature from the University of Oxford and the Diploma in English Language Studies from the UK's Open University, and am qualified as a teacher of English to foreign learners. I have studied several other languages including French, German, Latin, Arabic and Old and Middle English.

My blog, Caxton, is mostly, but not entirely, about the English language.

Elsewhere on the web I have attempted to write in the constrained style of the 'Ouvroir de littérature potentielle' (OULIPO) in Variations on an Incident in Paris and in Variations on Jane Austen. I have also created a full set of 256 Syllogisms by figure and mood and showing which are valid and which are not.


Dec
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comment “Fixed” vs “fixes” when things are already done
@TimLymington: In this context, 'imperative' is a description of a verb form, nothing else.
Dec
12
revised “Use of internet” or “internet usage”?
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12
answered Members’ Benefits vs Member’s Benefits
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12
reviewed Approve suggested edit on “Use of internet” or “internet usage”?
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12
answered “Fixed” vs “fixes” when things are already done
Dec
12
comment Usage of the definite articles with personal names
@Hugo: No, it doesn't. The organization behind it seems a fairly serious one, so the insertion of 'the', and the small letter in 'jack' may have been an oversight. If so, they should be more careful.
Dec
11
awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
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awarded  Nice Answer
Dec
11
comment Addressing Professors: Between Dr. and a hard place
Not really an answer, but you may like to know that in British universities, the title 'Professor' is given only to heads of academic departments. It's a very senior position.
Dec
11
answered Is “fastly” a correct word?
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11
answered The verb “to get” + particle …?
Dec
11
answered “Past” or “passed”?
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revised Usage of the definite articles with personal names
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11
answered More formal word for “mover and shaker”
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answered Preposition used after “do”
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answered Usage of the definite articles with personal names
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11
awarded  phrases
Dec
10
comment “Newly found” vs. “New Found”
@ShawnHolmes: Kind of you to say so.
Dec
10
revised What's the origin of the phrase “what have you”?
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10
reviewed Approve suggested edit on What are the reflective thingies called in English?