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2015-2016: "English Plain and Simple" columns in The Manila Times

(This listing is in reverse chronological order, the latest first. To access and read a particular column, simply click the indicated link.)

December 31, 2016:
A letter from a purchaser of my English-usage books six years ago - 2

December 24, 2016:
A letter from a purchaser of my English-usage books six years ago - 1

December 17, 2016:
Blessed are they who can speak in simple, clear, effortless English — 2

December 10, 2016:
Blessed are they who can speak in simple, clear, effortless English — 1

December 3, 2016:
Why there’s really no such thing as a complex-complex sentence

November 26, 2016:
What sets apart auxiliary verbs from linking verbs in English

November 19, 2016:
Usage of the phrase ‘on the ground’ in official circles getting out of hand

November 12, 2016:
Is ‘percent’ a countable noun or not?

November 5, 2016:
The sequence of tenses for sentences with relative clauses

October 29, 2016:
Noun clauses as subjects don’t obey the sequence-of-tenses rule

October 22, 2016:
Three years apart, two SOS about ‘resulting to’ and ‘resulting in’

October 15, 2016:
A subject-verb agreement peculiarity of inverted sentences

October 8, 2016:
Pronouns as subject complements always take the subjective form

October 1, 2016:
Time for a quick review of the English prepositions (3)

September 24, 2016:
Time for a quick review of the English prepositions (2)

September 17, 2016:
Time for a quick review of the English prepositions (1)

September 10, 2016:
Why Pinoy writers strongly prefer the modals ‘would’ and ‘could’ (3)

September 3, 2016:
Why Pinoy writers strongly prefer the modals ‘would’ and ‘could’ (2)

August 27, 2016:
Why Pinoy writers strongly prefer the modals ‘would’ and ‘could’ (1)

August 20, 2016:
A daunting question about the usage of noun clauses and relative clauses (3)

August 13, 2016:
A daunting question about the usage of noun clauses and relative clauses (2)

August 6, 2016:
A daunting question about the usage of noun clauses and relative clauses (1)

July 30, 2016:
Developing the confidence to match ‘confident’ with the right preposition

July 23, 2016:
Distinguishing between prepositions of place and prepositions of time

July 16, 2016:
Open letter on stories that Filipinas have the world’s smallest breasts

July 9, 2016:
Choosing between full infinitives, bare infinitives, and gerunds - 2

July 2, 2016:
Choosing between full infinitives, bare infinitives, and gerunds

June 25, 2016:
Crafting a ‘We want to know’ sentence that doesn’t offend

June 18, 2016:
Using the wrong words or just too many words for comfort

June 11, 2016:
Choosing tense for reporting verbs in reported speech

June 4, 2016:
Disrupting the usual declarative pattern for stronger emphasis

May 28, 2016:
Extreme liberties in the use of the word ‘presumptive’

May 21, 2016:
Presumptuous reporting in political journalism

May 14, 2016:
Using indefinite pronouns followed by an ‘of’-phrase
(This column appeared in the print edition of The Manila Times on May 14, 2016 but was inadvertently not published in the online edition as scheduled. The version posted in the Forum's Use and Misuse section is therefore being provided to fill in the gap.)

May 7, 2016:
The difference between elliptical sentences and elliptical clauses

April 30, 2016:
The two grammatical situations that need a comma before ‘and’

April 23, 2016:
No, we shouldn’t ever stop learning English grammar

April 16, 2016:
The correct usage of ‘sometime’ and restrictive appositive phrases

April 9, 2016:
How the present perfect differs from present perfect continuous

April 2, 2016:
Committing things to memory is not really a burning process

March 6, 2016:
The right form of the future perfect progressive tense
(This column appeared in the print edition of The Manila Times on March 6, 2016 but was inadvertently not published in the online edition as scheduled. The version posted in the Forum's You Asked Me This Question section is therefore being provided to fill in the gap.)

February 27, 2016:
A gerund or a gerund phrase is always singular as a subject

February 20, 2016:
Cautionary tale on asserting what is good or bad English

February 13, 2016:
The form and uses of the perfect gerund

February 7, 2016:
The form and uses of the perfect infinitive

January 30, 2016:
The proper use of articles for various types of nouns

January 23, 2016:
The little-heralded past imperfect tense in English

January 16, 2016:
Phrasal verb usage and states of undress

January 9, 2016:
Revisiting the continuing forms of the perfect tenses

January 2, 2016:
A full-dress review of the perfect tenses (4)

December 26, 2015:
A full-dress review of the perfect tenses (3)

December 19, 2015:
A full-dress review of the perfect tenses (2)

December 12, 2015:
A full-dress review of the perfect tenses (1)

December 5, 2015:
What a sentence needs to take a true perfect tense

November 28, 2015:
An awful and otherworldly use of the possessive form

November 21, 2015:
Frenzied arrival reporting for the APEC dignitaries

November 14, 2015:
Distinguishing between main verbs, auxiliary verbs, and linking verbs

November 7, 2015:
Phrasal verbs are phrases with a figurative meaning

October 31, 2015:
How the contrastive conjunctions ‘even though’ and ‘even if’ differ

October 24, 2015:
Wordsmithing verbs of destruction in English

October 17, 2015:
The perplexing workings of the double possessive

October 10, 2015:
Outcomes of reducing subordinate clauses into adjective phrases (3)

October 3, 2015:
Outcomes of reducing subordinate clauses into adjective phrases (2)

September 26, 2015:
Outcomes of reducing subordinate clauses into adjective phrases (1)

September 19, 2015:
When notional agreement prevails over plain grammatical agreement

September 12, 2015:
Back to basics in English sentence construction

September 5, 2015:
The use of the prepositions ‘in’ and ‘at’ in American English

August 29, 2015:
It’s unwise to drop the helping verb ‘do’ in emphatic sentences

August 22, 2015:
In English, it’s the helping verb that takes the tense

August 15, 2015:
Two exceptionally instructive cases of bad English in media

August 8, 2015:
Subject-verb agreement poser over noun phrase/gerund phrase usage

August 1, 2015:
The active- and passive-voice forms of the perfect tenses

July 25, 2015:
The use of modals to calibrate politeness when making requests

July 18, 2015:
Lesson on Latinate English word usage from a linguist in Germany

July 11, 2015:
Attributes that make some words ‘shades of meaning’ of other words

July 4, 2015:
Is it grammatical to use ‘respective memorandum’ in court decisions?

June 27, 2015:
‘All’ can actually mean ‘totality,’ ‘everything’ or even ‘nothing but’

June 13, 2015:
Awful for priests to think they are infallible in their English

June 6, 2015:
The possessive disconnect of ‘each’ and ‘everyone’

May 23, 2015:
When can ‘that’ be safely dropped in reported speech?

May 16, 2015:
When faulty logic overrides good grammar and semantics

May 9, 2015:
What does it mean to be asked “Are you understanding me?”

May 2, 2015:
A serious grammar malfunction about a wardrobe malfunction

April 25, 2015:
Trouble in news reporting due to needless rhetorical flourish

April 18, 2015:
Shell-shocked by English grammar bombs in entertainment reporting

April 11, 2015:
A devilishly equivocal English grammar question

April 4, 2015:
No column (no issue of The Manila Times on Black Saturday)

March 28, 2015:
How to proofread questionable or downright wrong legalese (2)

March 21, 2015:
How to proofread questionable or downright wrong legalese (1)

March 14, 2015:
Puzzling instances of word usage in the English lexicon

March 7, 2015:
How third conditionals differ from subjunctive sentences

February 28, 2015:
Clarifying a questionable notion about the proper use of “each”

February 21, 2015:
The use of ‘cuddling the enemy’ and other English malapropisms

February 14, 2015:
Stickler for perfect English objects to a phrase with a dangling modifier
(This column appeared in the print edition of The Manila Times on February 14, 2015 but was inadvertently not published in the online edition as scheduled. The version posted in the Forum's Use and Misuse section is therefore being provided to fill in the gap.)

February 7, 2015:
The peculiar grammar of comparative clauses

January 31, 2015:
Grammatical pitfalls when ‘everyone’ is the antecedent

January 24, 2015:
The workings of the 7 other types of English pronouns

January 17, 2015:
How the English personal pronouns inflect for case

January 10, 2015:
Why the nominative and subjective are lumped as just a single case

January 3, 2015:
No earthly reason why the clergy should be bad in English grammar

(2013-2014 columns in previous panel)
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