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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.


Apr
24
answered Grammatically, why does it seem that 'that' can't follow the verb expressing propositional attitude in this sentence?
Apr
23
comment Are “this” and “next” demonstrative determiners?
The authors of the Longman Grammar call it, along with same and other, a ‘semi-determiner’.
Apr
22
awarded  Good Answer
Apr
22
awarded  future-tense
Apr
21
comment Use of “you and I” in TS Eliot's Prufrock
If you do believe that Eliot is 'not following that rule', then the answer is in my last comment.
Apr
21
comment Use of “you and I” in TS Eliot's Prufrock
We must remember that the voice is not that of Eliot but of J Alfred Prufrock, who I can imagine saying ‘Let us go then, you and I’ rather than ‘Let us go then, you and me’.
Apr
21
answered Use of “you and I” in TS Eliot's Prufrock
Apr
21
answered Is the use of future tense (especially “will” and “shall”) going out of grammar?
Apr
21
comment One has to cook himself or themself?
@Tucker Thank you.
Apr
21
comment One has to cook himself or themself?
I wouldn’t use one at all, myself, but, if you have to, then One has to cook oneself might do. I imagine the context would make it clear that self-immolation wasn’t required.
Apr
21
comment One has to cook himself or themself?
Why would anyone want to prepare their own body for consumption? It seems self-defeating.
Apr
17
answered Merry Easter to all of you!
Apr
16
answered “It was turning out the dining-room done it.”
Apr
12
comment Here's — Plurality Question
Pam Peters in ‘The Cambridge Guide to English Usage’ (2004) probably got there before him: ‘These various uses of there’s with plural (or notionally plural) noun phrases show how the structure is working its way into the standard. It seems to be evolving into a fixed phrase, rather like the French C’est . . . , serving the needs of the ongoing discourse rather than the grammar of the sentence.’
Apr
11
comment A more formal word for “tech-savvy”, relating to IT technologists in particular
@IQAndreas. I agree.
Apr
10
answered what's the meaning of “It is not without interest that”?
Apr
8
awarded  Enlightened
Apr
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
5
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
5
answered “Must be” with a meaning like “must do”