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by adamsargant
Fri Dec 30, 2005 11:42 am
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: recount vs account (UK usage question)
Replies: 22
Views: 8963

recount vs account (UK usage question)

Wiz, I have an (not unreasonable, IMO) expectation that my child be taught English as it is spoken and used, in the contexts it is spoken and used. Anything else is a failure to give her the necessary skills to communicate effectively. But hey, it's good to talk, so thanks for your response :-) satn...
by adamsargant
Thu Dec 29, 2005 8:01 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: recount vs account (UK usage question)
Replies: 22
Views: 8963

recount vs account (UK usage question)

Hi Shelley Unfortunately, Ms Smith is a government official responding to my comments about the governement literacy strategy document, not a teacher. My issue seems to originate with the UK governements documents that instruct our teachers what and how to teach. I have taken the issue up with her t...
by adamsargant
Thu Dec 29, 2005 5:10 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: recount vs account (UK usage question)
Replies: 22
Views: 8963

recount vs account (UK usage question)

AAAGGGGHHH! Here is my response from the department of education plus my reply back!! I'm contemplating seeing if any of the national papers are interested in this corresponence. Any thoughts? My reply and her original response follow below >> Dear Ms Smith I have to say I am somewhat surprised by y...
by adamsargant
Thu Dec 08, 2005 10:42 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: Recycling language?
Replies: 1
Views: 1619

Recycling language?

Our local recycling set up have just issued the following announcement... (bear in mind that recycling collection was previously done weekly) "Aire Valley Recycling will now be collecting fortnightly as of the 5th of December. We are doing this to improve our service to current customers..." Collect...
by adamsargant
Wed Dec 07, 2005 11:39 pm
Forum: Miscellaneous
Topic: speed reading
Replies: 5
Views: 3086

speed reading

I come across this subject a fair amount... I've never really pursued it because the pleasure of reading for me lies in being conscious of what I read, but my experiments indicate that it is possible to read a lot quicker if one doesn't subvocalise. I frequently find that I have scanned down a page ...
by adamsargant
Wed Nov 30, 2005 11:47 pm
Forum: Word Origins and Meanings
Topic: Origins of the word "THE"
Replies: 29
Views: 5072

Origins of the word "THE"

If I took Alice to hospital, I would not be likely to be interested in telling you which hospital... I would be more interested in communicating the severity of Alice's condition, i.e. that it was bad enough to go to hospital. I would only want to indicate a specific hospital if I wanted to add extr...
by adamsargant
Wed Nov 30, 2005 10:30 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: recount vs account (UK usage question)
Replies: 22
Views: 8963

recount vs account (UK usage question)

Hi Dale... I didn't really imagine it would be different in US usage, but I was being specific about UK usage because I have already taken her previous teacher to task for handing out a list of US spellings for the children to learn... it turned out that she had taken the words directly from the int...
by adamsargant
Wed Nov 30, 2005 6:19 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: recount vs account (UK usage question)
Replies: 22
Views: 8963

recount vs account (UK usage question)

Thanks Erik... the saddest thing is that when I approached my daughter's teacher, she pulled out the National Literacy Strategy, which is where the use of the term came from. http://www.standards.dfes.gov.uk/literacy/teaching_resources/nls_framework/year5/term1/ I have written to my MP and to the sc...
by adamsargant
Tue Nov 29, 2005 11:56 pm
Forum: Usage and Writing
Topic: recount vs account (UK usage question)
Replies: 22
Views: 8963

recount vs account (UK usage question)

I have a slight issue with language usage at my daughter's school. She has been asked (age 10) to write a recount(sic) of her experiences on a school trip. "My Recount of Robin Wood". My understanding is that recount can be used as a verb, to recount events but not as a noun in this context. The cor...