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Expert Helps Us Get a Grasp on Grammar

Want to start an argument? Forget politics — just bring up the Oxford comma, or why there should be one or two spaces between sentences, or make the case that the word literally “literally” means figuratively. What is it about the English language and rules of style and grammar that get us so wound up […]

Want to start an argument? Forget politics — just bring up the Oxford comma, or why there should be one or two spaces between sentences, or make the case that the word literally “literally” means figuratively.

What is it about the English language and rules of style and grammar that get us so wound up (at least some of us)? And how many spaces SHOULD we use between sentences, anyway?

We talk with Dr. Laurel Stvan of the Department of Linguistics at UT-Arlington about English grammar and its (or is it “it’s” — no it’s definitely “its”) many idiosyncrasies.

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