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Old 10-27-2006, 07:33 AM   #2
Michael Rowley
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John Humphrys argues that we must safeguard grammar and clarity in an age of texting, slang and hype
He's right but this statement is untrue:

'One of the daftest things we have ever done in our schools was to stop teaching it to children'

I went to English schools, and at no stage were we taught formal grammar, because like all children we learned to speak English chiefly through example. At a later stage we had to be taught 'parsing', because that was required by our examination curriculum, but that was only useful if we wanted to be language teachers. It obviously did Anthony Blair MP much good, for he's one of the prime examples of someone that delivers speeches consisting largely of sentences without a predicate.

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