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1. John Larrysson's Column: Double Words Publishing Date: 2017/6/20
  In the last article I investigated double had. This time I will cover several other examples of doubled words that look like errors, but that normally occur in English. The key point is that usually the two words are being used in different senses or meanings. For example consider double right and double that.
2. John Larrysson's Column: Double Had Publishing Date: 2017/6/6
  A student found the word 'had' doubled, as “had had”, and she asked me if it was an error. Usually doubled words are errors. However sometimes they are, in fact, correct, if a bit awkward.
3. John Larrysson's Column: Victoria Day Publishing Date: 2017/5/16
  Victoria Day is a very Canadian holiday. It started out much the same as the original English holiday, the Queen's Birthday1. In England, and in pre-1997 Hong Kong, the birthday of Her Majesty Queen Elizabeth the second was a holiday. Although Hong Kong people did not celebrate the holiday, instead they just took a day off work. (Actually, I found myself working on that day.)
4. John Larrysson's Column: The Confusing Use of Ex- Publishing Date: 2017/5/2
  A headline in an English newspaper annoyed me. (In this article, and many language texts, an asterisk * before an example shows that it has a deliberate error as an example.)
5. John Larrysson's Column: The Misuse of Capitalisation Publishing Date: 2017/3/28
  The way some people, who should know better, misuse capital letters is shocking. We use capital letters to mark the beginning of sentences. (article: Capitalisation in Sentences) We use capital letters to mark names and acronyms. Other capitalisation rules are extensions of those two concepts. (article: Plurals, Capitalisation and the Alphabetical Order of Compound Words)
6. John Larrysson's Column: Late Homework Publishing Date: 2017/3/14
  Another teacher told me about a big argument over marks at their school. The school received complaints from parents about the low marks their children got on homework assignments. The English teacher had deducted one mark, out of ten, for each day the homework was late. Eventually zero would be the only possible mark. These parents objected to the lower marks. They thought that their precious children should be able to hand in homework at any time before the end of the school year. They called the lower marks an unfair punishment.
7. John Larrysson's Column: The Four words for You Publishing Date: 2017/2/28
  The Bible says, "Thou shall not kill”. Does this mean the same as: You shall not kill? The problem is that English has four words for you, but only one is in common use today. These other forms of you are only used in certain situations, such as when talking about religion, Shakespeare or poetry, but not much else.
8. John Larrysson's Column: You Is a Flawed Pronoun Publishing Date: 2017/2/14
  English is common and useful because it is common. However like other languages it has not been well planned or planned at all. It is the product of history and accident. One problem is that the set of pronouns are flawed. They cannot be used clearly for every situation. Pronouns are those words used to replace a name, or names, to make speaking faster and easier; for example: me, you, her, their....
9. John Larrysson's Kitchen: Drinks Chart Publishing Date: 2017/1/24
  In Hong Kong English, the word wine is used to mean any type of alcoholic drink. This use is different from the usual English meaning of the word. The word wine is only the drink made from fermented grape juice. In the last article, I discussed the many types of alcoholic beverages and today I am providing a chart of them. The basic concepts of malting, fermentation and distillation were also covered in the last article.
10. John Larrysson's Kitchen: Wine and so on Publishing Date: 2017/1/10
  In Hong Kong many people incorrectly use the word wine to mean any type of alcoholic drink. So in this article I will discuss something that I cannot cover at school: What words are used for different alcoholic drinks? Many of these I can put into a detailed online chart, which will be provided in the next article.

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