Adjectives can be amiguous

Tue, 13/09/2011 - 12:40 -- James Oakley

Are they predicative, attributive, substantive, etc.? These questions matter, because an adjective placed in the wrong place can imply the wrong meaning.

Was this the correct headline?

Hacking MPs recall James Murdoch

What did those MPs think they were up to? Gamekeeper turned poacher?

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Wed, 15/09/2010 - 10:58 -- James Oakley
Update: 20th April 2012
I've made a new post today that brings the information in this one up to date. I've also included an FAQ section there that distills the content from the comment thread on this post. Instead of reading this post, which is now slightly out of date, and then trawling through 80 comments, may I suggest you go directly to the new post where you'll find all that information more easily. (Comments on this thread are now closed).
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Another fine DVD box set I'm getting you into...

Wed, 20/01/2010 - 21:21 -- James Oakley

"There's a good deal on at the moment that, only I'm not to tell anybody" (adapted from Way out West)

I just happened to notice that amazon.co.uk have the Box Set of Laurel and Hardy DVDs at the stunningly good price of £39.98. Price correct at time of writing.

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Tue, 31/07/2007 - 14:47 -- James Oakley

Some of you will know that I greatly enjoy the novels of John le Carré. I’d highly recommend them, probably recommending that you start with Smiley (The Spy Who Came in from the Cold, then Tinker Tailor Soldier Spy, then Smiley’s People).

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That book game...

Thu, 19/07/2007 - 15:49 -- James Oakley

All members of the Renz fellowship group at Oak Hill during the time Ros Clarke was at college are obliged (by law) to try the BBC's Opening Line Quiz.

Two reservations in recommending this:-

1. I know, the Beeb haven't quite got the idea. You're supposed to play their game in reverse - give out the title and guess the first line.

2. They don't mention there being any prizes if you do particularly well at the quiz. But then again, if I were in their shoes at the moment, I wouldn't have dared either.

Still - it makes a good activity for a Monday afternoon...

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