Flower Petal, Or Flower’s Petal?

Flower Petal, Or Flower’s Petal?

The possessive adjective in English must be the most difficult grammar to master. When is it a plain old adjective such as a car door? Or is that really a compound noun? When is it possessive as in a hair’s breadth? Is it a woman’s leg, or a woman leg? Or is at a chair’s leg, or a chair leg? There are many examples of this confusing English grammar point. You would say the tree’s leaves, a butcher’s hook, a horse’s tail. Or you could say a bottle top, a door handle, a computer screen, day break, mountain top. There is an obtuse grammatical explanation about ownership and being part

K-nowledge

K-nowledge

Did you K-now that the silent K in words like K-nee and K-nickK-nack was actually pronounced in Old English. For some reason however, people could not get the K-nack of pronouncing the K as well as the N. So the K sound got K-nocked off. People got all K-notted up and tongue tied when they tried to say what they K-new about K-nives and K-nitting. The K-now-it-alls of the time tried to keep the K, but even the K-nights were dropping their K’s so it was the death K-nell of the pronounced K. Many of the K-naves had dropped it well before, as they K-nuckled down to K-neeling for the

The Subjunctive In English

The Subjunctive In English

What is the subjunctive in English? One part of speech in which I often see grammatical errors or incorrect use is the subjunctive. In other languages it takes a different form or conjugation so is clearly recognisable, but in English, it can be a bit tricky as it uses the second person plural, which looks exactly like the bare infinitive. Then again sometimes it doesn’t worry about the second person and just goes back to the root verb. Be alert, and pay attention. The subjunctive is utilised in formal, and more so now, in Business English when there is a need to express the importance or necessity of something. It

Nothin’ But Blue Grammar

Nothin’ But Blue Grammar

Nothin’ don’t tell the blues like bad grammar. Now I ain’t gonna say that no one don’t know like me, ‘cause they do. Don’t they? If it ain’t gonna do you no good, it’s the blues. Didn’t John Lee tell us right. My baby she gone, she been gone two night I ain’t seen my baby since night before last One bourbon, one scotch, and one beer Damn it won’t ‘ya, I ain’t believin’ my eyes. Who don’t need articles ‘n prepositions ‘n spellin’. John Lee didn’t. Didn’t need no plurals too. They gon’ take you right down By the riverside Now four is goin’ down Ain’t but three comin’ back