Here’s the rule: “That” refers to things, “who” refers to people. Read the motto on the side of the car.
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I think I found another false English construction promulgated by stuffy English teachers. Certainly you were taught this in English class: Don’t use two negatives in a sentence, because two negatives make a positive. I illustrate with a joke that you have no doubt heard: The English professor was in front of the classroom saying […]
An opinion piece today. First the comic, Barkeater Lake for March 16, by Corey Pandolph: Okay, I can agree with the description of the English teacher. Teachers often seem to be underpaid and they tend to be so loyal to the cause that many of them overwork themselves, tenure notwithstanding, though I sometimes hear of tenured […]
Sing sang sung; bring brang oops. Okay, sing sang sung, ring rang rung. This pattern of changing the vowel to show tense is called ablaut in German. I’ve never heard a name for this in English—we call them strong verbs. Weak (also called regular) verbs add -ed and -en or -ed -ed to make the […]
The conversation in this Mr. Lowe comic illustrates two mistakes. Let’s take them one at a time. Here’s the comic: Some idioms for comparing things in English are”as good as” and “better than.” That second one can be “less than” “more than” “colder than” and so on. Those compare two things. When you have more […]