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Ten horrible habits about learning

November 12, 2012

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HAVE BAD HABITS, say sayonara to learning a language. Full story by yours truly at Yago:— Ten horrible language study habits you must ditch | Yago.sg | 28 Oct 2012 © Learn English or Starve, 2012, licensed to Yago.sg. Image via healthtap.com.

How different? Just do it! (4/4)

April 30, 2012

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FROM PART 3 PREVIOUSLY in the first three parts, we’ve seen that dictionaries and usage experts support different from as standard usage. Statistics also showed that different from is used by the majority of American and British English speakers. Today, let’s get down to brass tacks with protips. * * * WHAT YOU SHOULD DO […]

How different? Stats (3/4)

April 29, 2012

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← PART 2 | PART 4 → FROM PART 2 WE’VE HAD A LOOK at what the dictionaries and the grammar gurus tell us about different from vs. than vs. to. Let’s now look at something different. * * * SOMETIMES, STATS DON’T LIE Remember that little chart from Mark Israel (in Part 2) that I said hides a multiplicity […]

How different? The gurus speaketh (2/4)

April 28, 2012

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← PART 1 | PART 3 → FROM PART 1 PREVIOUSLY, we looked at the positions of various standard dictionaries on use of different from vs. different than vs. different to. We now turn to the prognostications of usage experts. * * * WHAT THE USAGE EXPERTS SAY Paul Brians Common Errors in English Usage (2nd edition, 2008/9) (Published by William, James & […]

How different? Or how deaf are you? (1/4)

April 26, 2012

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QUESTION: Do we say different from or to or than? Until my upstairs neighbour Johnny put this question to me yesterday, I didn’t realise many native English speakers in fact have trouble with this themselves. (Notwithstanding his name, Johnny is Chinese and is still in school, so we could now appreciate the problem of from/to/thanmust […]

Bloody ’ell, wotcha bleedin’ attitude

March 19, 2012

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AS SOME OF YOU have gathered already, my other blog (The Naked Listener’s Weblog) is on furlough until further notice. (If perchance you are unfamiliar with the word furlough, you should head straight to this article instead. Then go furlough yourself afterwards.) My upstairs neighbour Johnny remarked that the arseholes people who have upset me […]