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045 – Stupid English grammar rules – is it OK to break them?

The data is clear: some English grammar rules are stupid.

Is it ever OK to make a grammar "mistake" on purpose? Is it ever OK to know a grammar rule and break it anyway, even when you know that some people will strongly disapprove?

In this episode I talk about English grammar rules that (I and many people think) are stupid, and discuss whether or not it's OK to break them. You'll also hear a short extract from a podcast by Scott Adams, a well known cartoonist and professional writer, talking about breaking a grammar rule on purpose. His opinion might surprise you! And you'll also learn the (somewhat vulgar and offensive) slang term douchebag, and hear a really great example of how it's used in context.

“Hey Lori, what’s a douchebag?" I hear you asking. Listen to the episode and find out!

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Om Podcasten

Want to learn English conversation? Better at English "Real English Conversations" podcast (established in 2006) gives you fun, authentic English conversations for listening practice. You'll learn informal vocabulary, slang, idioms, and more. Read along as you listen with our free transcripts -- go to for free transcripts and vocabulary lessons. The host of Better at English, Lori, also does solo English lesson episodes where she talks about English learning tips, grammar, vocabulary, and other topics to help you with your English learning. This podcast is suitable for English learners from lower-intermediate and above.