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Real Grammar, by the Macmillan Dictionary

In LEARNING STRATEGIES & TOOLS, VIDEO on March 27, 2015 at 8:58 am

Everyone has an opinion about grammar. Some people get upset about what they regard as bad grammar, and believe we must all ‘follow the rules’. But where do these rules come from? And are they all valid?

In this new feature, Real Grammar, Macmillan Dictionary offers a series of videos and blog posts about grammar questions, such as split infinitives, who vs. whom, dependent prepositions, etc. There are 8 videos so far, with the Dictionary’s Editor-in-Chief, Michael Rundell, each accompanied by a blog post. There’s also a quiz you can do to check your ‘real grammar’ knowledge.

The introductory video (above) discusses the two approaches to grammar – prescriptivism and descriptivism, and explains how analysing corpora is a more reliable way of finding out how the language is really used.

Keep an eye on Macmillan Dictionary’s YouTube page for new videos coming soon!

If you’re interested in ‘real grammar’, follow the hashtag #realgrammar for more information.

For more information about ‘real grammar’, follow the prescriptivism and real grammar series on the Macmillan Dictionary Blog.

The way we move (Verbs for walking and running)

In usage, VOCABULARY on March 26, 2015 at 5:59 pm

Stroll and saunter, dash and dart.
All the different ways of walking and running in English!

About Words - Cambridge Dictionaries Online blog

by Kate Woodford​​​​
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This week we’re looking at interesting ways to describe the way that people move. Most of the verbs that we’ll be considering describe how fast or slow people move. Others describe the attitude or state of mind of the person walking or running. Some describe both.

Starting with verbs for walking slowly, if we stroll, we walk slowly and in a relaxed way, usually for pleasure: They were strolling along the shore, holding hands. The noun ‘stroll’ is also used: We went for a stroll down near the river. (The adjective ‘leisurely’, meaning ‘relaxed and without hurrying’ is often used before the noun: We were just enjoying a leisurely stroll in the sunshine.) A slightly less common verb with a very similar meaning is saunter: He sauntered by, without a care in the world.

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