Handy words to make our English more immediate and more forceful

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July 29, 2012
 
Dear Fellow Communicator,
 
This week’s edition of Jose Carillo’s English Forum features “Using the demonstrative reference words,” the fourth in a series of basic pointers for crafting more readable and compelling compositions. The essay, originally written for my weekly English-usage column in The Manila Times in early 2004, takes up the demonstrative adjectives, the demonstrative pronouns, and the demonstrative adverbs—those handy words that we can use so we don’t have to unduly repeat ourselves when driving home a point and, even more important, to make what we are saying more immediate and forceful. All of us are supposed to have already internalized these reference words in our conversational English as early as in grade school, but if you happen not to have become totally proficient in them for one reason or another (perhaps due to youthful inattention or an ineffective grammar teacher), this review should fill whatever gaps there might be in your skills for using them.
  
THIS WEEK IN JOSE CARILLO’S ENGLISH FORUM (July 29-August 4, 2012):
·       Essays by Jose Carillo: Handy Words to Make Our English More Immediate and More Forceful (They work effortlessly to drive home the point without repetition)
·       Readings on Language: Three American Writers Share Their Thoughts About Writing (“How to write,” “how to write great,” and “how to write how-to”)
·       You Asked Me This Question: “Help! the English Tenses are Driving Me Insane!” (Learner gets befuddled in choosing between the simple past and the present perfect)
·       Advice and Dissent: What Women and Men Should Have and Know By the Time They are 30 (Sampler—but for women only: “A set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra”)
·       News and Commentary: Evolution of the English Language Slowed Down in the 20th Century (Popular words and phrases no longer pass out of fashion as quickly)
·       Badly Written, Badly Spoken: Choosing Between the Expressions “On the Rise” and “On the Increase” (They can be interchangeable, but not in certain contexts)
·       My Thoughts Exactly: Learning Something About English from Hemingway’s Farewell to Arms ((In that novel, a new grammar and diction for exposition emerges)
·       Use and Misuse: Some Questions About the Forum Discussion on Inverted Sentences (Clearing up the confusion arising from the disruption of normal syntax)
·       Education and Teaching Forum: The Need for Accurate Measures To Assess the State of the Nation (Higher education and science are two proven prerequisites of sustainable prosperity)
·       The Finest in Language Humor: Murphy’s Laws on Work (Sampler: “The longer the title, the less important the job”)
·       Time Out from English Grammar: Accusations of Plagiarism Bedeviled Darwin’s Theory of Natural Selection (He missed giving credit to contributors to the theory)
·       Students’ Sounding Board: What’s the Difference in Meaning Between “Spend” and “Expend”? (It’s in the purpose and manner the fund or resource is used)
·       How Good is Your English?: How Criterion-Referenced Tests Can Help Improve Your English (You can work your way up to really great English!)
 
See you at the Forum!
 
Joe Carillo
 

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