Dr Lim Chin Lam

Recent and archived articles by Dr Lim Chin Lam

22 May 2012 | 12:00 AM

Back formations

WHICH came first, the chicken or the egg? The answer – in fact, any answer – is debatable, given that natural science is unlikely to yield clues to the answer.

10 Apr 2012 | 12:00 AM

A note in parsing

THE wording of the above title is spurious, and deliberately so – but more about it later. In Lewis Carroll’s book, Through the Looking Glass, Humpty Dumpty says, “When I use a word, it means just what I choose it to mean – neither more nor less.” In the real world, however, such a cavalier attitude in the use of words does not carry a person far.

2 Mar 2012 | 12:00 AM

Transition to transitives

Exploring verbs, intransitive and transitive, and the transition of the former to the latter, and the formation of transitive verbs.

17 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM

Analysing the wayward word

Examining why a word is wrong in a sentence which is otherwise correct.

3 Feb 2012 | 12:00 AM

‘Adverbing’ merrily

Exploring words that modify adjectives, verbs, other adverbs, and even sentences.

20 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

To get it right in translations

Further exploring some words andexpressions that do not look right.

6 Jan 2012 | 12:00 AM

The rite write

Exploring some words and expressions that do not look right.

23 Dec 2011 | 12:00 AM

Strange ways of adjectives

Adjectives may act strange/strangely, as outlined in this article.

9 Dec 2011 | 12:00 AM

The subject is king

Exploring what constitutes the subject of a sentence and how it is used.

25 Nov 2011 | 12:00 AM

Punctuation please

Exploring the use of punctuation and some aspects thereof.