The oft-neglected subjunctive – it’s important that we be aware of it

  Unlike many European languages, the subjunctive mood is relatively rare in English. Nonetheless, if you’re wanting your written English to be flawless, it’s definitely worth understanding the appropriate use of the subjunctive.       Consider the following:   If I were you, I wouldn’t lend him money.   If your brother were here,… Continue reading

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Change – the only constant (Part 2)

As we wrote last month, change is constant. Not only vocabulary, but grammar and punctuation also change, albeit quite slowly.   Part 2: Grammar Changes in grammar “rules” evolve fairly slowly over time. How much grammar use has changed since you learned the basics at school will largely depend on how old you are. In… Continue reading

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Change – the only constant

Change. It happens constantly, whether we like it or not. As we reach the middle of February, we are already, in some places, seeing signs of winter finally turning towards spring. The seasons change year after year – nothing can stop this change. At the same time, the way we work has changed for many… Continue reading

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Let’s Make 2021 Better

This year, there is a definite move to abandon New Year’s resolutions in favour of New Year’s intentions. The idea is that resolutions are far too difficult to maintain and – given the stresses of the extraordinary year that has just ended – we should be kinder to ourselves and focus on general intentions rather… Continue reading

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Greetings for A – Different – Holiday Season

  Amidst many uncertainties, there’s one thing we can be sure of – the 2020 holiday season will be very different. Remember December 2019? When we sent out the usual seasonal wishes, including a “happy, healthy, and prosperous New Year”?   Hmm – didn’t quite go as planned, did it?   I suspect we’ll express… Continue reading

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