Thursday, July 29, 2010
Hammered by grammar
A recent piece of research from Dr Ewa Dabrowska of Northumbria University seems to suggest that many adults have difficulty with some areas of English grammar. The research - reported here - points to the passive voice as one particularly tricky area, with some respondents who'd left school at 16 finding it tricky to understand the construction. As Dabrowska points out in the report, many instructions and written forms of information use the passive voice, so the implications in government information and education campaigns might be significant.