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    April 1, 2018. The annual meeting of the Society for the Advancement of English Grammar (SAEG) was held this past week in San Diego.

    A bizarre motion from the floor provided the most interesting moment. It was proposed that (1) adverbs modifying the verb should be placed next to the verb, while (2) adverbs modifying a clause should be placed before the clause. This would have outlawed:

    Quickly she walked to the store.

    To be grammatically correct, that sentence would have had to be rewritten as

    She quickly walked to the store.

    The proposal would also have outlawed:

    Marina was meanwhile planning their wedding.

    That would have had to be rewritten as

    Meanwhile Marina was planning their wedding.

    The vote was 97-1 against. The author of the proposal, Emma Sohan, had to be escorted from the meeting for her own safety.

    I afterwards found Ms. Sohan in the hotel bar. Drunkenly she explained, "I just thought it would, you know, make things clearer. To put adverbs by what they modify? I didn't know everyone would get so upset."

    I later pointed out to the president of the SAEG, Lauren Chen, that Ms. Sohan was not even a member. Angrily she responded, "We'll improve security for the next meeting, and I'll inform the secretary so that accurately the minutes can show a unanimous vote."

    In other news, the unnecessary use of "like" and "you know" was confirmed to be ungrammatical, as was putting question marks after statements. These votes sounded the death knell for legalization of the Valley Girl patois. The use of a comma before the word because was made permissible, to align with modern usage, and the issue of representing a dramatic pause was referred back to committee.
    How to write a good start: Hidden Content . Useful, original information. Long and thorough.
    Includes Hidden Content (do you start with description?), Hidden Content (a favorite with publishers apparently), starting with Hidden Content (a lost art), and more.

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    a fascinating subject that i have very little interest in.....still would have liked to been there
    The only one who can heal you is you.




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    Quote Originally Posted by escorial View Post
    a fascinating subject that i have very little interest in.....still would have liked to been there
    Grammarians!

    But you had to decide, and I think you followed the proposed rule. I suspect intuition works better than any rule would.

    Perhaps I should mention that Sam's advice about the news from last year's convention still applies.
    How to write a good start: Hidden Content . Useful, original information. Long and thorough.
    Includes Hidden Content (do you start with description?), Hidden Content (a favorite with publishers apparently), starting with Hidden Content (a lost art), and more.

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    could the whole thing be a subjective topic...is there really a unified set of rules for here there an everywhere...
    The only one who can heal you is you.




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