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What Is Grammatically Speaking?

Not sure about the difference between a compliment and a complement? Do you get tied up with present or past participles? Ever wonder why it's okay to say "I like oysters raw" when an adjective (raw) is supposed to come before the noun (oysters)? Classroom teacher and author Richard Firsten will share his practical approach to how English operates and how to get students to understand and appreciate the grammar. If you've got a question, he'll answer it and share it online. Join Richard in his exploration of English grammar and an unintimidating way of explaining it.

How to Submit a Question or Answer a Brain Teaser

Please e-mail grammar questions or Brain Teaser answers to, or send them to

Richard Firsten
Lindsey Hopkins Technical Education Center
750 NW 20th Street
Miami, Florida 33127 USA