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Anna Nolan

A warm welcome from Anna Nolan (England)

The main aim of this website is to reach you through my blog, Flaming English, in which I write largely about English grammar, punctuation and usage, trying to do so in a light-hearted way whenever appropriate. Magnificent as English undoubtedly is, it is strewn with usage booby-traps, and I have been researching these language snares for decades. During this fascinating adventure, I have culled tens of thousands of examples, many of them highlighting lapses which are unintentionally hilarious, and the harvest continues. Many of those selected for my books and articles have, I hope, enlivened them with humour, and, in my blog, I try to maintain the playful tone.

But let me introduce myself first: I am a linguist/ grammarian, author/ blogger and editor with a penchant for irreverent satire and humorous ditties. My two burning passions are English grammar and mountains, both of which I indulge with utter abandon. After working as a teacher of English as a Foreign Language and broadcaster, I spent many years running public examinations, developing national qualifications, carrying out linguistic research, copy-editing and penning articles and books on English grammar, punctuation and usage. I hope that Flaming English will earn the ultimate accolade of being worthy of your attention.

Links to, and information about, the books I have written/ contributed to can be found on the Books page.

HOW TO CONTACT ME

If you wish to contact me, please leave a comment anywhere on this website or on my Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/anna.nolan.7549 or tweet me at: https://twitter.com/AnnaNolan19

I will be happy to reply to all genuine messages.

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  1. Can you believe I’ve only just now found your page? When you visited my site a while ago, I linked to your page on WP and it only had an About page at that point. I figured you were just getting set up and I’d wait it out. So I check back today and same thing. But then I hit VIEW COMPLETE PROFILE and followed the link from there to your page and finally ended up here! I’m so glad I finally found you. Will now be following along and enjoying your take on language!

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    • Thank you so much; I’m absolutely delighted. As I’ve already said, I love your blog! My next post is due about now, but a close friend is unwell, so my writing has to take a back seat for a wee while. Thanks again!

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    • Oh dear – is that the impression I have created? I didn’t mean to. But don’t worry, I also make all sorts of mistakes; perhaps you could spot some? I wouldn’t block your comments – I CAN laugh at myself! (By the way, I’m Polish – but completely crazy about the magnificent English language; what a thrill it is to be using it.)

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  2. No, not at all: your site is very friendly. I was making a joke mostly, but I do worry about grammar errors that I don’t notice. I keep meaning to look up the proper placement of adverbs. I am one-eighth Polish, but, alas, I speak no Polish or any language other than English, now that I have forgotten my high school French. I am amazed by many bloggers at WordPress are capable of expressing themselves in more than one language.

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    • Thank you for putting my mind at rest; I was getting a bit worried! English grammar is very complex and notorious for its booby-traps (I reckon the absence of case endings has at least some part to play), and I’m fascinated by those, which I have been researching for decades. I’m trying to make Flaming English jocular, although I have also written some serious stuff on grammar. Yep, our fellow bloggers are a clever lot. Welcome aboard!

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  3. This sounds like an excellent journey of a blog. I love this language and I am THAT person in my friend circle who will correct the grammar even in the middle of a heated, blood-thirsty argument. I feel good😀

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    • Thank you for your kind comment, Prajakta, and welcome aboard. I do hope you will enjoy at least some of my posts. I, too, love English and am fascinated by its grammar. Best wishes from currently very wet and windy Lake District.

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