Subject / verb agreement mistakes: 7 things to bear in mind.

First things first: What is subject / verb agreement?

It’s a grammatical rule that states that the verb must agree in number with its subject. In English, present tense verbs change to show agreement in the third person singular form by adding an S (or ES). Seems fairly straightforward, doesn’t it? So how could it be that students of all levels, nationalities and age groups seem to get this wrong far more often than would seem reasonable? Continue reading Subject / verb agreement mistakes: 7 things to bear in mind.

The hazy line between grammar & lexis (1)

This post is a short anecdotal account of two lessons I taught in 2002.

Why on earth, you must be wondering, would I have any sort of recollection of two lessons I taught nearly ten years ago.

It so happens that those two lessons were very significant because they helped me to finally make sense of something I’d read about but couldn’t fully grasp. Not until then, anyway. Continue reading The hazy line between grammar & lexis (1)

Linguistic intuition

There’s a very interesting discussion taking place on Scott Thornbury’s blog right now, sparked by his brilliant “feel” post. The central question he attempts to address is one which has been incessantly nagging at me for at least fifteen years:

What’s the role of linguistic intuition in language learning? Continue reading Linguistic intuition