How I wish I had my childhood back! (I copied this)
Not to mention how many people are in need (I made this one up - so it is not foolproof)
Are there materials (books, articles, etc) taking up these kinds of English constructions?
Also what is the field of English that studies these constructions? is it rhetoric? it is not purely grammar nor is it purely phrasal verbs nor cliches.
Help is much appreciated,
Last edited by sdudah; 30-Jun-2008 at 22:12. Reason: typos
After reading your post above, I made several Google search queries. Among the results was a "thesaurus of cliches", find it here. I also found my example snippet, "not to mention" there. I think that site has some useful stuff to get by, but it lacks usage examples.
There is always more than one way to express an idea but as a native speaker you sometimes pick up a language structure or pattern from your "language bag" when you write. Aside from grammar and vocabulary, you often can tell a native writer from an English language learner by sentences flow, cues, cliches, etc.