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Thursday, September 8, 2016

Grammar: Things native English speakers know, but don't know we know

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The Elements of Eloquence: How to Turn the Perfect English Phrase. Adjectives, writes the author, professional stickler Mark Forsyth, “absolutely have to be in this order: opinion-size-age-shape-colour-origin-material-purpose Noun. So you can have a lovely little old rectangular green French silver whittling knife. But if you mess with that order in the slightest you’ll sound like a maniac.”

How non-English speakers are taught this crazy English grammar rule you know but have never heard of

Quartz | 7 Sept. 2016

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