tagged w/ pronouns
Even the most vocal detractor of language lessons knows the difference between a noun and a pronoun. But it takes a special kind of grammar aficionado to pick up on the intricacies between the various verbs and plethora of pronouns.
Link : http://www.onlinecollegesanduniversities.net/blog/2011/33-terms-every-true-grammar-geek-should-know/Even the most vocal detractor of language lessons knows the difference between a noun... more
So, did you hear about this thing that Fox News is doing? Counting the number of times President Barack Obama uses the word "I" in speeches? Yes, this is a real journalism thing that Fox is spending Rupert Murdoch's money on.
It's a baffling exploit, for two reasons. First of all, isn't asking someone to count up words in speeches just about the most demeaning thing you can do to an employee, in this economy? It's demeaning to do to an intern, or even a specially trained, word-counting horse-prodigy. Secondly, as someone who used to teach public speaking (weird, I know!), I can tell you that I would never have asked my students to stop using the word "I" -- mainly because the end result would have been my students going to the head of my department to tell them that I was strange and needed to be fired.
But, look, here's how Fox explains it:
Much attention has been given to President Obama's persistent use of "I" when giving speeches to sell his administration's agenda. Is he taking responsibility -- or, as his critics say, is he still in campaign mode? FoxNews.com is tracking the president's speeches all this month and will report back after each to see whether The "I's" Have It.
But what will the "I"'s have? Is there a magic number of first person singular pronoun usages that take a speech from "taking responsibility" to being in "campaign mode?" Also, can't Fox make an informed judgment on that matter by examining the other words in various speeches? Note this example. There's no attempt to discern what the subtext of the speech is. They just counted up the instances of the word "I" and called it a day.
Anyway, I'm not sure what Fox wants Obama to do. Stop using the first person singular? Do they know how weird and egotistical people sound referring to themselves in the third person? Only the very best Brazilian soccer players should be allowed to do that.So, did you hear about this thing that Fox News is doing? Counting the number of times... more