Hardcore English Grammar (i)


The following collection of grammatical errors are fine examples of a number of complex and indeed very complex mistakes in English grammar. The corrections are based on Swan’s Practical English Usage (2005).

– CLEFT SENTENCE
“Hours before dawn, it are the women of the household that get up to milk and feed the animals.” = Hours before dawn, it is the women of the household that get up to milk and feed the animals.
(131.1) In a cleft sentence, a singular it + singular is/was is used; this is a structure used to emphasize a sentence element, here: ‘the women’.

“England faced invaders around 787. First, it were isolated gangs that plundered the country.” = England faced invaders around 787. First, it was isolated gangs that plundered the country.
(131.1) In a cleft sentence, a singular it + singular is/was is used; this is a structure used to emphasize a sentence element, here: ‘isolated gangs’.

See other: Notes On English Grammar

1 thought on “Hardcore English Grammar (i)

  1. My 8th grade English teacher (bless her) did me a good turn that I did not appreciate at the time. These errors make my brain hurt as I read them. I can’t remember her name, but thank you 8th grade English teacher.

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