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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.


Grammar, usage and style: learn from the best (and their mistakes).

In LEARNING STRATEGIES & TOOLS on February 4, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The New York Times’s associate managing editor for standards on questions of grammar, usage and style.

Even the best language users can sometimes be uncertain about usage and even make mistakes. Now, you can learn from the questions and lapses of The New York Times’ writers by following After Deadline, an online column which “examines questions of grammar, usage and style encountered by writers and editors of The Times. It is adapted from a weekly newsroom critique overseen by Philip B. Corbett, the associate managing editor for standards, who is also in charge of The Times’s style manual.”

Start with FAQs on some of the most common issues and then follow the weekly column.

You can also subscribe to an email alert that sends you a link whenever there is a new post: Register with the site and then go to the bottom of the Home page, click on Alerts, then +Create New Alert > Keyword Alerts and type “after deadline” in the keyword field.