"Why can not the English teach their kids how to speak?" Henry Higgins sings in the musical "My Fair Lady." John McIntyre has a solution.

This spring "My Fair Lady," the stunning musical play that initially opened on Broadway in 1956, is due for yet an additional renewal (there have actually been many) — at Lincoln Center"s Vivian Beaumont Theater in New York.

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Based on George Bernard Shaw"s play, "Pygmalion," which was loosely based upon Ovid"s "Metamorphosis," "My Fair Lady" is the story of just how a negative flower girl via a hideous Cockney accent and poor grammar is transcreated right into an elegant culture lady — mainly by changing her speech.

Why does this story resonate? Well, to be sure, also now in our highly technical culture, civilization often are judged on exactly how they speak. Misabsorbs grammar and usage and relying on jargon rather of well thought-out language all reflect badly on the speaker and/or writer.

First, tbelow are the obvious grammar mistakes: "The bill was break-up between John and I," for instance (it have to be "John and also me") or "Nancy and me are going shopping" (Nancy and also I).

There are 3 situations of pronouns to understand in English grammar: subjective, that is, the actor (I, he, she, we and also they); objective, that is, the object of the verb or the preposition (me, him, her, us and them); and also possessive, mirroring ownership or association (mine, his, hers, ours, theirs).

If this still appears facility, examine English grammar rules digital or pick up any type of grammar book, no matter exactly how old. These rules perform not readjust.

Nevertheless, at a recent political rally, one of my favorite candidays provided the wrong pronoun instance. I, and the two civilization standing alongside me, groaned. And as soon as I hear the pronoun mistake made by someone on the "PBS NewsHour" — never the anchors, fortunately, but a guest — I am sadly amazed.

Another rather prevalent mistake in grammar is saying "I might treatment less" — definition you do care to at least some level, as soon as you really intend you do not care at all. A couple of weeks earlier, a gentlemale wrote a letter to the editor of this newspaper, pincreasing the Sinclair Broadcasting Group and also its many type of ads. He went on to define why he didn"t care whether or not a Sinclair merger takes area, yet he then created "I could care much less," which was not what he really supposed.

When world make mistakes in grammar, whether in speaking or in composing, their listeners and also readers wonder exactly how smart or just how educated they really are. But once civilization usage jargon in speaking or in composing — normally to make themselves sound intelligent or, possibly, trendy — listeners and readers take into consideration them pompous or foolish and also occasionally simply plain silly.

Some recent examples: On National Public Radio (NPR) an education consultant, during an interview, spoke about "granularity." I hadn"t a clue as to what she expected. Nor did I understand also Dan Eberhart, a CEO and Republideserve to fundraiser, also interregarded on NPR, once he sassist President Donald Trump has actually "plan prescriptions that are a tiny little external package or outside the bandwidth."

In one of my alumni magazines, I recently check out around a graduate student that said she was "in the procedure of workshopping her composing." Workshop is a noun and also altering nouns right into verbs typically sounds stvariety. A equivalent example is "wardrobing." Yes, one"s clothes are taken into consideration one"s wardrobe, but once you gain dressed, are you "wardrobing right into your wardrobe"? No way.

Eexceptionally few years a brand-new buzzword appears to pop up in our language. For a while everything was "relevant." Today that affirmative appears to be "absolutely." When computer systems initially came to be popular, people were busy "interfacing" through each various other.

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Without a doubt, one can argue that language evolves as culture progresses. Due to the fact that modern technology began, new words enter our language all the time. But grammar rules, cases such as subjective and objective, for instance, perform not change. Therefore, if you want to be taken seriously, to be respected, even admired, as "My Fair Lady"s" Eliza Doobit was after she learned to stop "the King"s English," then speak properly and precisely.

Lynne Agress, who teaches in the Odyssey Program of Johns Hopkins, is president of BWB-Company Writing At Its Best Inc. and also author of "The Feminine Irony" and "Working With Words in Firm and Legal Writing." Her email is lynneagress





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