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I have been teaching English at lower and upper secondary level in state schools in Switzerland for about thirty years and taught French to foreigners in a private school (Eurocentres, Lausanne) for five years.

My mother tongue is French, and it is the only language I was brought up in.

I learnt German, Italian, and English at school.

And I don't mind polemic/polemical issues!


Nov
23
awarded  Notable Question
Oct
24
revised Difference between “contest” and “competition”?
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Oct
24
asked Difference between “contest” and “competition”?
Sep
29
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24
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Sep
19
revised “put your coat on” and “put on your coat” but not “depend on someone” and “depend someone on*”
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Sep
17
comment When do you leave out the preposition in a relative clause?
Isn't there, on top of all that you have mentioned, an "as the one" , which is understood? Am I treating this stranger with the same consideration (as the one) with which I am treating a friend? / which/that/ø I am treating a friend with?
Sep
9
asked Do “it is time for someone to do something” and “it is time someone did something” mean the same thing?
Sep
9
comment Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
And to discountenance one further, even though "I wish", "If only" and "I would rather" are kinds of synonyms, one can say "I wish someone had not done something", "If only someone had not done something", but not "I would rather someone had not done something"!
Sep
9
comment Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
In fact, the "would" in "would rather" is a conditional simple of the modal auxiliary "will", meaning "be willing to", strangely followed by a conjugated verb form rather than a bare infinitive as is normally the case with modal auxiliaries. A tricky animal!
Sep
9
comment Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
This is a tricky point to French learners. Thanks.
Sep
9
accepted Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
Sep
9
asked Can “would rather” be followed with a past perfect?
Sep
8
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29
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28
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Aug
6
awarded  Notable Question
Jul
6
accepted Why “like doing something” or “like to do something” but only “dislike doing something”?
Jul
6
comment Choice of pronoun to refer to 'one of us' when 'us' is male + female: they, he, she?
@MartinMcCallion: why not turn your comment into an answer? which would then be my 'accepted answer', because I do not find any of the other answers satisfactory.
Jul
6
accepted word order in superlatives: “She booked the earliest flight to London she could.” or “She booked the earliest flight she could to London.”?