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Tuesday, July 30, 2019

Teaching the Queen’s English


Letter to the Editor
The Spectator 
22 Old Queen Street
London, SW1H 9HP
England (UK)
<letters@spectator.co.uk>

Re: James Forsyth, ‘The Boris Show’ The Spectator, 27 July 2019, pp.10 –11

Your columnist wrote: “There are plenty of Boris fans and plenty of enemies, but even the latter see an upside in him becoming Prime Minister.” becoming Prime Minister is a gerund; therefore, the pronoun preceding it should be in the possessive case: his, not him. I struggle to teach my students this. Please, don’t make my life more difficult. 

Seth

Seth Barrett Tillman, Teaching the Queens English, New Reform Club (July 30, 2019, 11:45 AM), <https://reformclub.blogspot.com/2019/07/teaching-queens-english.html>. 




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