The Weekly Text, January 26, 2018

It’s the end of a week of New York State Regents Testing, so inanity has been the theme. I’m glad, once more, that it has come to an end. I guess the less said about this horrorshow (and subsidy to crummy educational publishing companies) the better.

This week’s Text is five short exercises on the homophones allude and elude. These are a couple of words students ought to know. Allude is an intransitive verb, often used with a prepositional phrase beginning with to–e.g. “Gabriel regularly alludes to James Joyce’s Finnegan’s Wake when the subject of modernist literature comes up.” Elude, on the other hand, is transitive and requires a simple direct object: “The students cutting class eluded the dean.”

If you find typos in these documents, I would appreciate a notification. And, as always, if you find this material useful in your practice, I would be grateful to hear what you think of it. I seek your peer review.

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