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We use different grammar when speaking or writing, but the difference is so subtle that linguists were blind to it for centuries. from www.shutterstock.com

The slippery grammar of spoken vs written English

Spoken language evolves differently and faster than written language, and there are good reasons why this is the case.
The language that you speak may affect your approach to climate change. from www.shutterstock.com

Future tense: how the language you speak influences your willingness to take climate action

Research suggests that speakers of "present-tensed" languages such as German and Finnish - in which the future can be describe in the present tense - are more likely to support stronger climate policies.
It’s really ok to be a grammar pedant. Shutterstock

In defence of grammar pedantry

Grammar pedantry recently contributed to the downfall of World Bank chief economist Paul Romer. But 'grammonds' are people to be celebrated not vilified.
The most expensive punctuation in the world… Gayle Dee/Flickr

Grammarians rejoice in the $10 million comma

A badly written law cost a US company US$10 million, when a judge ruled that a comma missing from a statute meant 75 truck drivers were owed four years of unpaid overtime wages.
The prescriptivist stranglehold on grammar isn’t just restrictive, it’s often just plain wrong. from www.shutterstock

Things you were taught at school that are wrong

Were your teachers right about when to use commas, and about not starting sentences with 'and'?
When did past simple tense become passé, I ask myself. Tekke/Flickr

Getting tense (about tense in fiction)

Writers, over the last decade, have been waxing lyrical about the rise of the present tense in English fiction. But this morning I read something entirely new – for me, at least. I read a manuscript written…

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