«Getting Your English
engelsk kan stilles til språkrådgiver Stewart Clark,
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As many people who have read this column
since 1996 have requested, it is now in book form. «Getting
Your English Right» is a 242-page book. About a third of
it is adapted from this column, the rest is new. It is concentrated
on typical word confusions for Norwegians (and others) in English,
which we all know is a
tricky language. This book attempts to clarify
the shades of difference between words that are easy to confuse,
false friends, formal and informal usage, British and American
English, as well as pronunciation traps. It is a guide to using
English for Norwegian students, people in business and administration
as well as teachers and researchers. The focus is on words, not
grammar, because as was shown by a study which tested English
by Swedish students on English native speakers, lexical errors
cause the most serious problems in interpretation (Gothenberg
Studies in English 44). An example of this is the well-educated
Norwegian who once asked me to «fill in a blanket».
He was thinking of a form but I was thinking
of something woolly on a bed.
«Getting Your English Right»
is not a book of jokes. It introduces a lighter tone by using
some amusing examples of Norwenglish and other confusions. This
is a new approach to language guides which are typically heavy
to digest. The whole point of the book is to help guide people
through the maze of potential problems in English and humour is
only used to reinforce the message. Fischel focused on this approach
in a paper in English Teaching Forum entitled: «Why murder
your pupils when they can laugh themselves to death?»
Number (Norw. nummer) means an arithmetic
value: «This is a round number».
It is also used to mean
quantity. If something is important,
number is used to emphasize this fact:
«We will make this a
number 1 priority».
No. (Norw. nr.) is an
abbreviation for number. The plural
of no. is nos.
In AE, the hash sign # is often used instead
in street addresses and the like. No.
is often capitalized in English: «The P.M. lives at
number with «a»,
number with «the»
Number with «a» (Norw.
antall) means several or some, and when it is
followed by a plural noun,
it takes a plural verb:
«A number of people are undecided».
Number with «the» (Norw.
antall) means the size of the total, and when there is a following
plural noun, it always takes a
singular verb: «The number of people
outside is in-
One way to remember whether to use a plural
or singular verb is the codeword PAST. This stands for
Plural with A number, Singular with The
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