ENGLISH WITH BILL WIDERBERG – MARCH 2018

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We all use the word ‘got’ or at least most of us do. For example a mother might say ‘Charlotte has got a new bike.’ Or a man might say ‘I’ve got to pick up the children from school.”  Yet the word ‘got in each of these examples is unnecessary. ‘Got’ is a redundant word that most of us never recognize as such. It is sufficient to say ‘Charlotte has a new bike.’ Likewise, ‘I have to pick up the children.’ Why do we use ‘got’? Perhaps for emphasis, but I don’t know. Maybe a Mansam reader can tell us why.


About the Author 

bill-widenbergBill Widerberg grew up in Clovelly in Sydney’s eastern suburbs, attending Sydney Boys’ High School and the University of Sydney. He began his working life as a teacher of English in the small Hunter Valley town of Kurri Kurri in NSW, later teaching in London. Bill abandoned education for commerce. Success brought him to the board tables of companies operating in Australia and overseas. A keen surfer, he has been a member of Bronte Surf Life Saving Club for more than fifty years. Bill has long been intrigued by the dynamics of group behaviour: the effects of leadership, motivation and ambition. The Big End of Town was his first novel, an adult thriller that received great reviews in all media nationally; The trilogy set 4000 years in the future, 6001 ICEWORLD, The Sleepers, Land of Fire. The action of this trilogy occurs in a world of a mere 60 people, the last remnants of humanity following the climate changes that began in the 20th century. The story appeals to readers of all ages. The trilogy was well reviewed in Australia and received even better reviews in the USA. I completed my last book, The Alexander Proposition, in December 2015.

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