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Katy Perry vs. William Shakespeare: Grammar showdown

Why is Katy Perry’s song title “I Kissed a Girl” grammatically correct? Did William Shakespeare know how to correctly use “who” and “whom?” Are students as terrible at using modern grammar as they think they are? We sat down with author and grammarian, Stephen Spector, to learn more about the history of English grammar and how we can get better at using it.

Featured image credit: “Childrens talk, English & Latin,” from the General Collection, Beinecke Rare Book and Manuscript Library, Yale University. CC BY-SA 2.0 via Flickr.

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