Well, that left us with the problem of who was to take over from her here. I’m still not sure how it happened, but it seems I am now her replacement. It’s all very well for Nick to say I’ll be fine, but it’s a long time since I was at school! I’ve been taking her grammar books to bed with me, but it doesn’t get any better – I’m still very confused over fronted adverbials and subordinate clauses. I really can’t see why they need to learn the names of all these things?