syntax error

In 3 Types of Languages I talked about how languages are categorised based on morphology (affixation and word formation)—now it’s time to look at how languages differ in their word order. In order to do that, we need to look at the order of the subject (S), verb (V) and direct object (O) in the sentence. […]

If I Were a Rich Man


Probably one of the most widespread mistakes among non-native speakers is the use of the Second Conditional, the one where we express a rather hypothetical or unlikely event as opposed to the First Conditional where the idea expressed by the speaker is probable. Let’s briefly look at the grammatical structure of both. Conditional sentences always […]

Do You Have an Accent?


Yes, everybody does, including you. Many people think of accents as deviations from the norm, i.e. the correct way of speaking. Linguistically, however, we cannot distinguish between correct and incorrect accents as every native speaker’s accent has developed naturally and they are understandable within their speech community. Debating which accent is the most correct is […]