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A very brief guide to English grammar and punctuation



By Paul Sylvester

Copyright 2012 Paul Sylvester

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Let's face it - English is a crazy language. There is no egg in eggplant, nor ham in hamburger, neither apple nor pine in pineapple. English muffins were not invented in England or French fries in France.  Sweetmeats are candies while sweetbreads, which are not sweet, are meat. We take English for granted, but if we explore its paradoxes, we find that quicksand can work slowly, boxing rings are square, and a guinea pig is neither from Guinea nor is it a pig.

J.T. O’Leary – The English Language


Rather than provide a further level of confusion, it is hoped that what is contained here will support an introduction to some common terms and concerns associated with the usage of the written language. While it is an effort, it is in no way exhaustive in all things language. This pamphlet is an introduction that is hopefully accurate.

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