Disputes in English Grammar

The Language Wars: A History of Proper English

The Language Wars: A History of Proper English by Henry Hitchings John Murray HK$234

Why do we get so agitated about matters of grammar and spelling and punctuation?

Sunday, 24 April, 2011, 12:00am

Language point

Instead, she is absorbed by Japanese comic book characters to whom she can relate, 'even if they live far away from here'.

8 Feb 2005 - 12:00am

Ask Mr Brain...all will be explained

Why are some animals called scavengers? No food is wasted in the wild. While some animals do their own hunting, others are happy to let others do the hard work and make do with the leftovers.

These animals are called scavengers because they scavenge.

Scavenging is searching for useful things left by others, in this case food.

1 Mar 1999 - 12:00am

Communicating with others

The verbs say, speak, talk and tell have to do with the utterance of words or the expression of meaning. They refer to formal or informal vocal exchanges.

Say To say something means to use your voice to produce words: 'I'll always love you,' said Roger.

22 Oct 1998 - 12:00am

Slipshod usage widespread

CONGRATULATIONS on your decision to bring the paper into line with ''mainstream modern usage'' over the spelling of Hong Kong.

Now if you could only get your sub-editors to follow the rules for noun-verb agreement, you'd really be doing something to champion the fight against declining and slipshod English usage in Hong Kong.

21 Aug 1993 - 12:00am

Correspondent splitting hairs

I WOULD like to reply to Ms Iris Escolar's letter headlined, ''Magellan's killer not Malaysian'' (South China Morning Post, January 30) and then we may consider the matter closed.

8 Feb 1993 - 12:00am