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2019: "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 26, 2019:
Subject-verb agreement peculiarity of inverted sentences

December 19, 2019:
Pronouns as subject complement always take the subjective form

December 12, 2019:
How onerous legalese imperils public welfare

December 5, 2019:
How the two types of English determiners work

November 28, 2019:
Is “Philippines” plural and what is its possessive form?

November 21, 2019:
The 'who'/'whom' grammar conundrum revisited

November 14, 2019:
The perplexing workings of the double possessive

November 7, 2019:
Is your “were” in the indicative or subjunctive mood?

October 31, 2019:
Precisely when do we use “request” or “request for”?

October 24, 2019:
Don’t let “can,” “could,” “will,” and “would” baffle you anymore

October 17, 2019:
Is there anything wrong with the expression “Thanks God”?

October 10, 2019:
The correct tense for reporting verbs in reported speech

October 3, 2019:
The many senses of 'while' elude not just a few

September 26, 2019:
Can an adjective be used as a subject in a sentence?

September 19, 2019:
How English deals with the past imperfect tense

September 12, 2019:
The six ways that English evokes the future

September 5, 2019:
Pitfalls in constructing negative 'used to' sentences

August 29, 2019:
Do we say “in the street” or “on the street”?

August 22, 2019:
The one single thing that brought them all to America
(This special essay takes the place of  “Do we say 'in the street' or 'on the street'”? only here in the Forum. The originally scheduled English-usage column for The Manila Times and this slot will be run on August 29, 2019 instead.)

August 15, 2019:
The strange grammar of “need” as modal auxiliary

August 8, 2019:
How to ask a question within a question

August 1, 2019:
Precisely when is a verb linking or an auxiliary?

July 25, 2019:
The rightful place for a headline modifier

July 18, 2019:
The craft of writing headlines and titles - 2

July 11, 2019:
The craft of writing headlines and titles - 1

July 4, 2019:
Bedlam when a verb is very late in coming

June 27, 2019:
When to use full infinitives, bare infinitives, or gerunds - 2

June 20, 2019:
When to use full infinitives, bare infinitives, or gerunds - 1

June 13, 2019:
When is a parenthetical necessary in a sentence?

June 6, 2019:
The virtue of postpositively positioned adjectives

May 30, 2019:
Use of “hopefully” and other grammar bugbears

May 23, 2019:
How elliptical sentences differ from elliptical clauses

May 16, 2019:
Using discourse markers for contextualizing ideas

May 9, 2019:
Random questions that need a lot of explaining to answer

May 2, 2019:
Precisely when do we use the past progressive tense?

April 25, 2019:
Prepositions at work in prepositional idioms

April 18, 2019:
Prepositions at work in literal prepositional phrases

April 11, 2019:
A full-dress review of English preposition usage – 3 (Time and duration)

April 4, 2019:
A full-dress review of English preposition usage – 2 (Motion and direction)

March 28, 2019:
A full-dress review of English preposition usage – 1 (Place and location)

March 21, 2019:
Tough, counterintuitive aspects of English grammar - 2

March 14, 2019:
Tough, counterintuitive aspects of English grammar - 1

March 7, 2019:
Exercising caution in asserting what’s good or bad English

February 28, 2019:
Let’s get acclimatized to the country’s weather terminology

February 21, 2019:
Play it by ear whether to use a gerund phrase or infinitive phrase

February 14, 2019:
Does “nor” always need “neither” to work properly?

February 7, 2019:
The thorny choice between “whether it is” and “whether it be”

January 31, 2019:
It’s a mark of civility to use “can” and “may” properly

January 24, 2019:
How the three kinds of objects work in English grammar

January 17, 2019:
We shouldn’t mistake mass nouns for collective nouns

January 10, 2019:
Why not a few academics encode their insights into turgid English

January 3, 2019:
How to use “can” and “could” and “will” and “would”
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