Misguided on grammar

20th June 2008 at 01:00
The English have long suspected that few in the former colonies can speak their language properly
The English have long suspected that few in the former colonies can speak their language properly. The Australians, in particular, were always getting up the noses of the grammarians. And now, a teachers' guide to grammar, published by the English Teachers Association of Queensland, has been found to be "riddled" with basic errors.

Rodney Huddleston, an emeritus professor at the University of Queensland, has claimed it is "the worst published material on English grammar" he has ever seen.

"Anyone who analyses won't and capable of as adverbs, a pair as an adjective, or Sam's as a possessive pronoun has no business to be preparing a resource on English grammar for teachers," he said.

Backers of the guide have called the mistakes "relatively minor" or merely "differences of opinion".

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