A blog dedicated to English grammar, usage and phonetics/phonology, and errors by proficient users (because they teach us more than typos and badly written signs by the semi-literate)
As a dyslexic writer I feel nothing but envy at your mastery of English grammar.All the very best,Simone.
Thanks very much for your kind compliment, Simone. I hope I'm not being patronizing by saying that I wouldn't have guessed you were dyslexic--you write beautifully. As for me, I envy writers, and decided a long time ago that I could never become one. I may have a better-than-usual understanding of grammar--which I ought to, since I teach teachers--but I'm only too keenly aware of the fact that my writing style is too bland and functional. I could never make it in creative writing!
I'm a little puzzled. If this poster is stuck on the wall of a particular building, wouldn't it be weird to say, "These are smoke-free premises?" when it's meant for just that building?
No, it wouldn't be -- it's just a quirk of the English language that the word 'premises' is always plural, even if it refers to one building and its surroundings.
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