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In Past Participle author Alexander Ihenetuadvises us to pay as much attention to ourEnglish grammar and usage as we pay toour sciences and mathematics. After all,he reasons, in professional and educatedsociety, the most respected and confident arequite often impeccable with their English.He goes on to identify factors that negativelyaffect our English usage and they include:the multicultural and multiethnic nature ofour society; the notion that grammar does not matter as long as peopleunderstand you; the polluting influence of street language; social mediacommunication styles ; rap song and slang terminology; lack of preparationin classic Latin( the root of many English words and phrases); too muchwatching of television at the expense of passionate reading of novels,magazines and newspapers. Moreover, passage through high school andcollege is not always a guarantee of literacy and good writing skills.The author expresses surprise at the pervasive lack of use of the pastparticiple tenses of English verbs in todays society. He therefore puts muchemphasis on their accurate use through error examples, correspondingexplanations and relevant corrections and remarks. Using seven hundredexamples, he exposes widely-used expressions and phrases that abuse thebasic rules of English grammar and syntax, including errors of redundancy,double negatives, subject and verb disagreement, nonstandard, colloquialand informal usage, incomplete, awkward and illogical sentences, wrongapplications and wrong concepts, wrong spellings, non-existent wordsand so on.

In Past Participle author Alexander Ihenetuadvises us to pay as much attention to ourEnglish grammar and usage as we pay toour sciences and mathematics. After all,he reasons, in professional and educatedsociety, the most respected and confident arequite often impeccable with their English.He goes on to identify factors that negativelyaffect our English usage and they include:the multicultural and multiethnic nature ofour society; the notion that grammar does not matter as long as peopleunderstand you; the polluting influence of street language; social mediacommunication styles ; rap song and slang terminology; lack of preparationin classic Latin( the root of many English words and phrases); too muchwatching of television at the expense of passionate reading of novels,magazines and newspapers. Moreover, passage through high school andcollege is not always a guarantee of literacy and good writing skills.The author expresses surprise at the pervasive lack of use of the pastparticiple tenses of English verbs in todays society. He therefore puts muchemphasis on their accurate use through error examples, correspondingexplanations and relevant corrections and remarks. Using seven hundredexamples, he exposes widely-used expressions and phrases that abuse thebasic rules of English grammar and syntax, including errors of redundancy,double negatives, subject and verb disagreement, nonstandard, colloquialand informal usage, incomplete, awkward and illogical sentences, wrongapplications and wrong concepts, wrong spellings, non-existent wordsand so on.


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