Simple English ~ Nicola Prentis

Thoughts on ELT, English and whatever else comes into my head

How to really annoy people with your punctuation

A project manager wading through badly written reports at a major multinational nearly asphyxiated in a paragraph without commas this week. It’s time this reckless and dangerous misuse of linguistic … Continue reading

January 11, 2017 · Leave a comment

Ask Me Anything ELT

The internet isn’t always a nice place. That’s partly because it’s inhabited by people and not robots (spambots might be annoying but, as yet at least, they aren’t petty, vindictive … Continue reading

October 19, 2015 · 14 Comments

Another anti-grammar poetry rant

Is your past perfect? Is your present continuous? Will your future be simple? Was your past continuous haunting you? Then I wish you a continuous present. Will your future be … Continue reading

November 19, 2014 · 2 Comments

“Sod off, Reported Speech!” she exclaimed.

I’ve spent the past two weeks in turns delighting and dismaying my FCE students with Reported Speech. God, I loathe Reported Speech. It’s everything I hate about everything all backshifted … Continue reading

March 27, 2014 · 19 Comments

What I’ve learnt from being edited

When I first started writing for publication with Time Out Istanbul (I suppose I’ve been writing something or other since childhood**) I was completely self edited. The Editor saw editing … Continue reading

September 2, 2013 · Leave a comment

How to really annoy people with your punctuation

A project manager wading through badly written reports at a major multinational nearly asphyxiated in a paragraph without commas this week. It’s time this reckless and dangerous misuse of linguistic … Continue reading

February 5, 2013 · 3 Comments

Grammar – prescribe, proscribe or innovate?

Grammar – an ever evolving thing for which the rules no longer apply. We’re free to innovate and all those fusty old rules are for people who think in black … Continue reading

February 3, 2013 · 4 Comments

The #grammar of #hashtags

A couple of years ago most people probably couldn’t have said off the top of their head where the # key was on their keyboard. Now, like the @ sign … Continue reading

January 14, 2013 · 11 Comments

The grammar of grammar

Do students need more grammar? No they don’t. Students don’t need more grammar, do they? Did students need more grammar yesterday?

December 30, 2012 · 1 Comment