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Agosto 2016
The Speak Up blog answers any questions you may have either about the English language or our articles. Write to us (preferably in English) at: http://blog.speakuponline.it. The most interesting questions will be published on this page. A word of warning, though: our blog is not a translation or homework service!

Try the garden!
While my young son and I were watching an episode of Peppa Pig in English we came across an unusual expression. Peppa had lost her shoes and another character suggested “Maybe we should try the garden.” I’ve also come across this term in other contexts. For example: “‘We haven’t got our man yet, Sergeant. Unless you know where we might find him?’ ‘I’m thinking we should try the garden,’ replies Bartleby.” I would have imagined that the word “garden” would be preceded by the word “in.” Why isn’t this the case? Does the form of the verb to try change when it’s preceded by a modal verb like would? Presumably, there’s an important grammatical rule I don’t know about and so I’d be grateful if you could explain it to me.
Davide


There isn’t really a grammatical rule, it’s just the way it is in English. If you’re looking for something or someone and you want to list the places where you have looked, then you could say: “Have you tried the house?” “Have you tried the garden?” Have you tried the pub?” “Have you tried the kitchen?” “Have you tried the bedroom?” etc. To add “in” would sound very strange in English. We realize that this might not answer your queston, but in English ways of saying things are often based on usage. Unfortunately (or perhaps fortunately), English doesn’t have the great Italian tradition of grammatical analysis.

Fellows and scholars

What is the difference between fellowship and scholarship?
Carol


A scholarship is an award to an outstanding student who is allowed to study for free (because the university or school really wants him or her to study there). A fellowship is more for lecturers, teachers and professors. They become “fellows” or members of a college, university or academic institution. It basically means that they are members of the academic staff.


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