Thoughts and Prayers — and Hypocrisy

In the wake of the Las Vegas massacre, the phrase “thoughts and prayers” has again emerged for consideration. The root of “thoughts and prayers” as a hypocritical form of condolence was made clear in The New York Times Oct 4 article aptly named, “Thoughts...

Trump’s Imperfect Present Perfect

Many non-native speakers of English experience anguish over the proper use of the present perfect verb tense (have done, have seen, etc.), which is often confused with the simple past (did, saw, etc.). The present perfect connects an action that started at some point...