A Mistaken Identity

H. H. Munro’s short story “The Schartz-Metterklume Method” has an interesting sentence worth examining for its grammar. A young woman is standing on a platform, waiting for her train to depart, when she is approached by someone who quickly takes her for the new governess she is there to meet. The young woman decides such …

Time and Clarity

Writing clearly depends on thinking clearly, and thinking means making distinctions. The many rules and cautions of grammar serve to help us say what we mean, and among the more important of grammatical distinctions is the concept of tense. Tense means time, but just what is that? Imagine this scene. You’re driving with a friend …