My first English teacher at secondary school said that a perfectly valid text can contain 11 consecutive instances of ‘had’: had had had had had had had had had had had All it needs is some punctuation. Can you see how to do it? I will give a hint on 7 May and another hint…… Continue reading Puzzle: 11 consecutive instances of ‘had’
In February 2021, the Mars rover Perseverance landed at Jezoro crater on Mars. Planetary scientists think the crater once held water, presumably a lake. The crater is named after the small town of Jezoro in Bosnia. NASA Mars Mission Connects With Bosnian Town. In Bosnian, Jezoro means lake, as do cognate words in other Slavonic…… Continue reading Lake Lake on Mars
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