Yes- grammar in the past tended much more owards telling people what they should say, while nowadays there is a far greater emphasis on analysing what people actually use and synthesing rules based on usage. With the example given, I would use 'is' quite happily.Originally Posted by spenser
Originally Posted by spenser
This has always been used in regional varieties of English, and is becoming more and more widespread. Oxford still describe is as a 'dipsuted' usage, which means they won't say it's wrong, but do recognise that many still object to it.
Again, another area where the rules are relaxing. Traditionally, the singular was favoured as it's negative, but many people feel happier with the plural. I would use the singular in formal language and the plural informally.Originally Posted by spenser
It's what the forum is for- we enjoy chatting about language- 'the intolerable wrestle with words and meanings', as TS Eliot famously described it.Originally Posted by spenser