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Stop! Grammar Time!

I’ve been working my way through Gwynne’s Grammar, a delightful little book with a somewhat cheeky subtitle: The Ultimate Introduction to Grammar and the Writing of Good English.

N. M. Gwynne is a prescriptivist; as such, he is “prepared, on the one hand, to welcome any innovations—such as new words for new things—that are useful, and, on the other hand, to fight in order to resist any changes that are not in the direction of greater richness, clarity and precision, and are not consistent with the best features of our language, the features that have been tried and tested over a long period and not found wanting.” So he’s a lot like these guys.

Try this grammar quiz Gwynne created for The Telegraph. You’ll want pick up his book at Auntie’s—they have a copy on their shelves right now—when you’re done.



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