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How Good is Your Grammar?
Author: John Sutherland

ISBN: 9781780722573
Format: Hardcover
Number Of Pages: 204
Published: 18 November 2015
Country of Publication: GB
Dimensions (cm): 20.7 x 13.7 x 1.9
How good is your grammar? In this wise and witty book, John Sutherland poses this infinitely fascinating question, and puts us all on the spot in the most illuminating and enriching way.

Full of tests and quizzes, How Good is Your Grammar? is not a rule book (a 'primer') although the author lays down a set of 'Queensberry Rules' (he is, after all, a professor), before getting on to the interesting stuff.

And interesting it is. How much does it matter, for example, that for purists 'Telephone' is ungrammatical, 'Television' grammatical? How grammatically disastrous was the 42nd President's proclamation to the world, 'I did not have sexual relations with that woman'?* Does it matter that USS Enterprise resolves to boldly go at warp speed through the split infinitive?

Is text ('txt', 'textese') linguistic barbarism, or a fascinating test-tube example of how grammar adapts to new technological environments? Could the computer have evolved to where it is, today, without a 'grammatical' (Boolean) mathematical / algebraic system of operators (not 'x=y', but 'if this then that')?<br

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