Referring to a single person who may be of any gender in English can be tricky. It can be awkward to use words like "one" or phrases like "he or she," and many a grammarian hates using "they" as to refer to a single person. How has English gotten this far without such a convenient pronoun? Actually, it hasn't.
How far would you go to correct your pet peeve? Would you create a computer program just to find it? Would you build a weekly, scheduled habit around curating those results? Would you, ultimately, manually edit tens of thousands of Wikipedia articles to obliterate that pet peeve from the face of the internet? One man…
We know that a specific form of magnetic stimulation to the brain can render people unable to speak. But it can get a lot more specific than that. Brain lesions can get so selective, they can knock out a particular form of grammar.
Are you the sort of person who just loves correcting other people's grammar? Are you sure that you're doing it right? Some things that people have been taught are rules of English grammar are really not rules at all—and some of them are flat-out wrong.
The Internet is a landscape filled with—some would say plagued by—typographical errors. But how much should we really worry about a misplaced apostrophe or a mistyped word?
If you're a fan of both endlessly quoting movies—from Terminator's "I'll be back!" to Independence Day's "Welcome to Earth!"—and grammar, you'll enjoy these diagrams, breaking down the clauses of some of our favorite movie lines.
English isn't the hardest language in the world to learn but it's definitely a crazy one with wacky rules. Things that apply for some words, never seem to be considered for similar ones. Change one letter here and it can sound completely different there but sound the same somewhere else. It's all pretty ridiculous.
How does the first line of Cormac McCarthy's The Road compare grammatically of those of George Orwell's 1984, H.G. Wells' The Time Machine, and Ray Bradbury's Fahrenheit 451? They all get the Reed-Kellogg sentence diagramming treatment in this grammatical series.
If you think that you're a stickler for grammar, consider the position of the British regarding the 1871 Treaty of Washington. According to a literary historian, the British government refused to sign a treaty with the Americans if the treaty contained a single split infinitive.
Grammarian Mignon Fogarty takes a look at one of fiction's enduring mysteries: How did all of those apostrophes find their way into the names of aliens, distant lands, and future peoples?
Are you a lazy texter? Do you have fat fingers? Did you sleep through all of your English classes? Well, none of that matters any more with the imminent release of new software that not only autocorrects your misspelled words but also fixes your grammar mistakes.
In the rankings of where you need to use proper grammar and spelling and sentence structure, text messages has to be in the neighborhood of last place. Right next to YouTube comments. It's because texts are a mindless quick shot form of communication. But maybe writing poor word vomit texts points to something…
There are lots of animals, including dogs and apes, that can communicate in something we might understand as sentences. But only one non-human species has complex enough communication that they actually need grammatical rules. Say hello to the Bengal finch.
The hyphen just got slightly more obsolete, and you just saved yourself a lot of right ring-finger reaching. In a move that feels so right it surely should've been made years ago, the authoritative AP Stylebook has deemed "e-mail" to be incorrect. From now on, we send emails. Thank goodness.
RU4 reels???? A University of Toronto report shows that text messaging is giving people, specifically teenagers, a strong grasp of grammar. This is kind of hard to believe given that most text messaging with teenagers is done in a shorthand language that is foreign to everyone else. I guess it is good to hear that the…