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Jose A. Carillo

Why we shouldn’t ever stop learning English grammar

(1197th of a series) Sometime in 2016 a forum member asked for my opinion about an English teacher’s suggestion on YouTube that to become a...

How to deal with long, complicated noun phrases

(1196th of a series) Take a look at this grammar-perfect yet utterly disorienting sentence that I first presented to readers of this column in 2012...

How litotes and the double negative differ

(1195th of a series) When I wrote a column two weeks ago cautioning against the wrong use of double negatives, Forum member Gerry T. Galacio...

Revisiting the “who”/“whom” grammar conundrum

(1194thof a series) At about this time in 2014, a Forum member called my attention to this sentence in a newspaper feature article: “I remember...

Are you using ‘were’ in the indicative or subjunctive?

Because of the extended Covid-19 lockdown, there should be time aplenty for everyone to internalize the answer to this grammar question that I know...

Don’t get caught using wrong double negatives

I was tempted to write this retrospective on double negatives by the online fracas that erupted recently between two highly placed lawyers — a...

The problem with over ellipted sentence constructions

A perplexed Forum member asked recently if it’s possible for the pronoun “his” to be used as subject in a sentence, then wondered if...

‘Have you had a look’ or ‘Did you have a look?’

Two weeks ago, New Zealand-based Forum member Spelling — he used to post challenging English grammar questions in the Forum every now and then...

Using the right tense for reported speech

A few years ago, a Forum member asked these tough grammar questions: “Are there specific prescriptions when to use present-tense reporting verbs over past-tense...

How “even though” and “even if” differ in sense

Let’s take up today the difference between the contrastive conjunctions “even though” and “even if,” which I know that not a few writers —...

Terra Firma Dyip commits to the PBA in the long term

COLUMBIAN Dyip team Gov. Bobby Rosales confirmed that the Columbian Autocar Corp. has transferred the franchise ownership to the corporation’s sister company, Terra Firma Realty Development Corp.,...

Two nabbed in Cavite drug bust

A total of P6.8 million worth of shabu (methamphetamine hydrochloride) were seized in a buy bust operation in Bacoor, Cavite on Saturday, the Philippine...

PH adds 714 new Covid cases, tally now at 21,340

THE Department of Health (DoH) on Saturday has reported 714 more coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases in the country, bringing the nationwide tally to...

 IATF: Enforce National ID system to hasten Covid aid distribution

The Inter-Agency Task Force (IATF) for Emerging Infectious Diseases is pushing for the speedy implementation of the government’s national identification (ID) system to streamline...

4 soldiers, 2 Abu Sayyaf rebels killed in Sulu clash

FOUR soldiers and two members of Abu Sayyaf were killed in a clash in Patikul, Sulu, the military reported on Saturday. Based on the report,...