JOSE A. CARILLO

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A TRICKY English usage that I’ve been repeatedly asked about over the years is the form “used to + verb,” which means a past condition or habitual practice, as in the sentences, “She used to be my trusted associate” and “The couple used to swim in the community pool.” In…

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TWELVE years ago, a Philippine foreign service officer in London wrote me to express concern over what he felt was the loose and inconsistent way official correspondence was being done even by high-ranking government and business officials. This prompted me to write a column on the proper and improper forms…

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THE first week of January 2017 found me so preoccupied with coming up with a little 2016 yearend online folio of personal and general-interest essays that I’ve written over the past 13 years, I thought of leaving on the back burner for just a few days my reply to these…

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Early this month, I received a very interesting letter from someone who bought my English-usage books six years ago. I thought of presenting and answering it right off, but as regular readers of this column know, I gave precedence to a two-part column that presented my enlightening Facebook conversation with…

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THIS continues my animated online discussion on complicated sentences last week with Max Tumbali, a very articulate follower of my new English-usage features page on Facebook. The discussion left off with with me saying that those who habitually express themselves in convoluted sentence constructions haven’t really learned how to organize…

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LAST week, I arguedthat there’s really no such thing as a complex-complex sentence and explained why there are only four types. But a very articulate follower of my new English-usage features page on Facebook, MaximoTumbali, thought otherwise. He suggested there’s even a need to add a sixth type—the complex-complex-complex-complex—like this…

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I’VE followed with great interest a fascinating discussion in Jose Carillo’s English Forum between two English-usage enthusiasts, an American teacher based in Florida who goes by the username Kal and a Filipino English teacher Michael Galario based in Manila. The subject:“the complex-complex sentence.” (http://tinyurl.com/gwtkptg) Let me say at the outset…

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