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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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revised Definite article in a list
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revised Phrasing of “this=that” sentence?
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revised The occurrence of comparative degree
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revised What verb form is contained in 'books are written by authors'?
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revised Reported Speech with was and were
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revised “All I had, and all I have now, (are vs. were) clues.”
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revised Is “Didn't you have a meeting to attend to?” grammatical?
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revised Something can be estimated therefore it is “estimatable”?
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revised “Were that you who did that” vs. “was that you who did that”
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