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It's Been Said Before

By Orin Hargraves

It's Been Said Before "examines why certain phrases become clichés and why they should be avoided -- or why they still have life left in them."

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Sounds Fascinating

By J. C. Wells

How do you pronounce biopic, synod, and Breughel? - and why? Do our cake and archaic sound the same? Where does the stress go in stalagmite? What's odd about the word epergne? As a finale, the author writes a letter to his 16-year-old self.

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Title: The truth about 'some' and 'any', and some thoughts it prompted on meanings, grammatical categories, and academic grammars
Author: Amorey Gethin
Linguistic Field: Discourse Analysis; Pragmatics; Semantics
Subject Language: English
Abstract: We are into the second decade of the twenty-first century, but grammarians still fail to distinguish properly between 'some' and 'any' (and their compounds - 'something/anything', etc.). This may in itself seem a small matter. But it is symptomatic of flaws in the academic study of language.


This article appears IN English Today Vol. 27, Issue 1.

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