Time Out: Let’s practice correlative conjunctions!

Just as in sports, we need time-outs in language learning. Students can learn a lot by playing the game, so to speak, but circumstances can call for a brief pause. The teacher observes the performance on the “field” and recognizes when explicit instructions are called for. I recently understood that a private student has never…

Should Teachers Listen to Their Instincts?

I originally thought of categorizing this entry under Student Stumpers, but after some reflection, I felt there was a deeper issue than merely a tricky grammar question. The other day a student asked me about the use of nor. She questioned if this statement was correct: Susan isn’t here. Nor is Allen. Very often before…