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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
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answered Grammatically, why does it seem that 'that' can't follow the verb expressing propositional attitude in this sentence?
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
17
answered Merry Easter to all of you!
Apr
16
answered “It was turning out the dining-room done it.”
Apr
10
answered what's the meaning of “It is not without interest that”?
Apr
5
answered “Must be” with a meaning like “must do”
Apr
1
answered Is it ok to use 'before' at the end of a sentence?
Mar
30
answered What does 'had been long settled' mean?
Mar
25
answered What is this construction?
Mar
14
answered Do I refer to the previous month or to the last month
Mar
14
answered Are the abbreviations IMO and IMHO synonymous to each other?
Mar
11
answered The meaning of “rack” or “rock” in “The Peasant Poet” by John Clare
Mar
10
answered ___, ___, and I am/are…
Mar
10
answered “Will be gone” vs “Will have gone”
Mar
10
answered Why “top” hat? Is there a “bottom” or a “side” hat?
Mar
9
answered Is 'my wife and I' correct English?
Mar
6
answered Why does the word 'calculative' not exist in the Oxford dictionary?
Mar
3
answered Is there any word for the person who is running the business of “Prostitution”?
Mar
2
answered Plural subject - singular object