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."
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.
WHAT do you do when your favorite newspaper mesmerizes you with a sentence this long: "A free seminar on using novel nutritional technologies and innovative techniques to help Filipino poultry raisers optimize their yield and increase their profit in the light of rising feed and production expenses has been set at the EDSA Shangri-la Hotel
Lest we overlook this: There several notable departures from the general positive-negative and negative-positive rule for forming tags, or those mini-questions added by speakers to get a quick confirmation or denial from their listeners. http://tinyurl.com/zdstt2whttps://t.co/lgfuHIgjnm
My grade-school teachers drilled into my brain this simple rule: “Use ‘between’ for two, and ‘among’ for more than two.” But soon I had my doubts, for while “between” rarely gave me problems, using “among” for threesomes or more simply didn’t seem right. http://tinyurl.com/lkfh4q8https://t.co/aRqxb16rTf
Which negative “used to” usage is correct? “They (didn’t used to be, didn’t use to be, used not to be) very close friends.” When the Forum ran this quick quiz in 2014, it drew 116 quizzical responses on Facebook and 52 on Twitter—over thrice the average. http://tinyurl.com/y74xs5qyhttps://t.co/NOHTxYlR8C
Retrospective: Two stirringly magnificent performances of “The Prayer,” the 2002 live concert duet of Charlotte Church (16 then) and Josh Groban (21), and the 2010 live performance by Filipino Charice Pempengco (19) with the Canadian Tenors. http://tinyurl.com/ze2hayphttps://t.co/qQtY9Bpof9
A good indicator of English proficiency is properly using tag questions to get a quicker confirmation or reaction. This is their general pattern: positive statement followed by negative tag question, negative statement followed by a positive tag question. http://tinyurl.com/hkgporhttps://t.co/GxSd6E2No4
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