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Old 08-20-2007, 11:05 AM   #7
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Default Literate and fluent

Originally Posted by Benwiggy View Post
More's the pity! I am amazed at the number of people in my office, charged with writing English, yet remain ignorant of what a relative clause is, let alone any use of rhetoric.
Expecting teachers and professors and even editors to teach good grammar and good usage is quite a different thing from having an official government body trying to lay down official rules and even attempting to exclude certain words as not belonging to the language.

Perhaps a French forum member can tell me if "Le Drugstore" is to be found in France.

Being literate and fluent has never been that easy, and I think that modern electronic communications do not promote good usage in English, and maybe not in other languages, either. Efforts like the Apostrophe Society and books like "Eats, Shoots, and Leaves" are commendable.
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