Article in The Independent on the importance of grammar:

http://education.independent.co.uk/schools/story.jsp?story=645257

I'm aware, by the way, that my introductory fragment contains no verb.

Will.
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Article in The Independent on the importance of grammar: http://education.independent.co.uk/schools/story.jsp?story=645257 I'm aware, by the way, that my introductory fragment contains no verb.

'Sokay. None needed.
Dja catch the sentence that begins "This sucks in hours of time,"? I was led up the garden path imagining that the writer was saying "In hours of time, this sucks", but then I realized he was saying "Hours of time are sucked in". I wonder why it doesn't also suck-in hours of space or dust?

Franke: EFL teacher & medical editor
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Article in The Independent on the importance of grammar: http://education.independent.co.uk/schools/story.jsp?story=645257

From the QCA report: "Some people may say we don't think you should be teaching grammar and punctuation at all,"
Argh. Can we please have a moratorium on speculation?

http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid 45400/newsid 4544400/4544417.stm 44400/newsid 4445200/4445249.stm
Dja catch the sentence that begins "This sucks in hours of time,"? I was led up the garden path imagining ... was saying "Hours of time are sucked in". I wonder why it doesn't also suck-in hours of space or dust?

Hmm. I guess you've added the hyphen to remove the ambiguity. But it's still ungrammatical, isn't it?
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Article in The Independent on the importance of grammar: http://education.independent.co.uk/schools/story.jsp?story=645257

One of the glaring errors found in teachers' reports is this:

Try and practise the keyboard regularly.
Am I missing something, or is that one glaring rather dimly?

Ross Howard
From the QCA report: "Some people may say we don't think you should be teaching grammar and punctuation at all," Argh. Can we please have a moratorium on speculation? http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid 45400/newsid 4544400/4544417.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid 44400/newsid 4445200/4445249.stm

Dja catch the sentence that begins "This sucks in hours ... why it doesn't also suck-in hours of space or dust?

Hmm. I guess you've added the hyphen to remove the ambiguity. But it's still ungrammatical, isn't it?

What caught my attention was the three examples of "glaring errors". Only two of them were ungrammatical. The third was merely informal. As the Romans were reputed to ask, who cleans up after the janitor?

Richard R. Hershberger
From the QCA report: "Some people may say we don't think you should be teaching grammar and punctuation at all," Argh. Can we please have a moratorium on speculation?

Yep. Should've been "Some people will say".
http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid 45400/newsid 45444 00/4544417.stm http://news.bbc.co.uk/newswatch/ukfs/hi/newsid 44400/newsid 44452 00/4445249.stm

Dja catch the sentence that begins "This sucks in hours ... why it doesn't also suck-in hours of space or dust?

Hmm. I guess you've added the hyphen to remove the ambiguity. But it's still ungrammatical, isn't it?

I think we ought to split structure and content here. The grammar is fine, but the semantics sucks: "This sucks in hordes of gullible Gerties" is grammatically essentially the same as the original sentence, but it is semantically unobjectionable. "Hours of time" is a semantic abomination, I would say. This is, I suppose, what we would call a "usage" problem. Had the writer added (well, maybe he did and the editor cut it) a modifying phrase such as "what might have been seriously productive" before "time", I would have had no objection to anything but the usage of "sucked in", which would have been better as "wasted", or "killed", or "murdered" (after the Bard).

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Article in The Independent on the importance of grammar: http://education.independent.co.uk/schools/story.jsp?story=645257

One of the glaring errors found in teachers' reports is this: Try and practise the keyboard regularly. Am I missing something, or is that one glaring rather dimly?

It's the "Try and" part. A few die-hards are still holding out for "Try to."

Bob Lieblich
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One of the glaring errors found in teachers' reports is ... I missing something, or is that one glaring rather dimly?

It's the "Try and" part. A few die-hards are still holding out for "Try to."

Ah. I'm glad Ross asked. I was wondering if it was the spelling of "practise". I hadn't thought of "try and".

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Article in The Independent on the importance of grammar: http://education.independent.co.uk/schools/story.jsp?story=645257

One of the glaring errors found in teachers' reports is this: Try and practise the keyboard regularly. Am I missing something, or is that one glaring rather dimly?

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