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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.


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comment Is there a clear delineation between the usages of 'this' and 'that' in American English?
@Edward Ashworth. Thanks.
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answered Grammatically, why does it seem that 'that' can't follow the verb expressing propositional attitude in this sentence?
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comment Are “this” and “next” demonstrative determiners?
The authors of the Longman Grammar call it, along with same and other, a ‘semi-determiner’.
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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.
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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’.
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answered Use of “you and I” in TS Eliot's Prufrock
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answered Is the use of future tense (especially “will” and “shall”) going out of grammar?