November 3, 2005  •  krtek

X and S

Is it “Fort Knox’s walls” or “Fort Knox’ walls”?

October 28, 2005  •  mcsean

Data

Data was handled... Data were handled... I have forgotten the proper verb conjucation with “Data” vs “Datum”

October 22, 2005  •  joanne

Everyday

I am having a dispute with a colleague about the use of the word ‘Everyday’. Can you please clarify for me if the word has been used correctly in the following example: Everyday over 50,000 pupils miss a day of school without permission and an estimated 7.5 million school days are missed each year through truancy.

October 6, 2005  •  m56

“my tire flattened”

Hi All. Take a look at this if you will: “And my tire flattened as I was riding it to work this morning. The leak was slow enough that I could limp to work by pumping it up along the way (not recommended procedure, but tolerable for very short distances.)” See mememachinego.com Do you, or have you ever, used the expression (my/the tire flattened)? It expresses an inchoative (bridging or transitional ) event. It focuses on the transition between “tyre is not flat” to “tyre is flat”. But would you, have you ever, or do you, use it? Other examples: I liked him within a minute. The weather changed. The car rolled down the hill. My situation changed this morning. Stevie is ripping his script up. (causative-inchoative)

October 4, 2005  •  karuro

Computer mouses or computer mice?

Normally, the plural of mouse is mice when you are referring to those real rodents. However, in the case of a “mouse” used for the computer, can you still use the plural form “mice”, “computer mice” if you are referring to lots of computer mouse? “Computer mouses” i guess is not proper. What do you think?

October 2, 2005  •  djjothic

Complete Sentence

In a compelte sentence, you need a Subject and a Predicate. But what about the sentences that are, “Okay.”, “Yes/No/Maybe”, “Hello.” etc. Are they considered a Complete Sentence or thought?

September 28, 2005  •  jiri

verb + off of

I often come across this construction: verb + ‘off’ + ‘of’ + object I’ve never really heard it in spoken English and wonder if you can say the same without ‘of’. Just one example here from EFL Geek: ... just to get it OFF OF my hands since I wasn’t using it anymore.

September 28, 2005  •  steve2

Fill it or full it

I’m no English expert so this one is probably obvious to all of you. In some places in the Caribbean, the people do not “fill” up a gas tank. They “full” it. As in “Full up my gas tank”. I’m not sure if this is wrong. It’s like saying in the imperative, “Make my gas tank full!” Well, is it wrong? Actually there are a few idioms in the Caribbean like this. “How comes you doesn’t call?” I’m not sure about the “comes” in that sentence.

September 27, 2005  •  cobra

Farther/Further?

When should I use “farther” as opposed to “further”? ex. I went farther down the road than I expected. I went further down the road than I expected.

September 27, 2005  •  virtualpear

off the mark

Is ‘off the mark’ a proper english? “My earlier calculation on the number of slides is off the mark. I have just added on department of building & the current total is 97. I still haven’t receive department of Real Estate which would be another 17 slides. The total will be around 120 slides.”

September 26, 2005  •  mike

That

Is there any reason for the “that” in the following sentence? I thought that the day was warm. vs. I thought the day was warm.

September 24, 2005  •  joe

The double “to”

It comes up every now and then and really looks crazy if you dont work around it in some way. “Home Depot is the store I go to to buy screws” Is that sentence just completely wrong or completely normal and just looks funny?

September 18, 2005  •  karuro

at anytime...or anytime

Is the usage of “at anytime” in a sentence has the same connotation as “anytime”? “You can remove any user from your chat environment at anytime” “You can remove any user from your chat environment anytime.”

September 7, 2005  •  nolagranola

biweekly

I was taught that biweekly and bimonthly meant twice a week and twice a month, respectively. I can even reference this in my very old dictiionaries as being correct. I now see definitions in dictionaries that define biweekly as twice a week AND every other week (Random House, Webster’s), and bimonthly as every other month. These “new” definitions are also used in every-day conversation, and can be confusing (I now have reverted to twice a week or every other week to clarify). When did this change? If biannually is always twice a year, why are not bimonthly and biweekly twice a month and twice a week?

September 6, 2005  •  m56

Odd sentence?

Anything odd about this sentence? “All of a sudden, there was a bottle breaking on the table.”

September 2, 2005  •  angie

“identical to” and “identical with”

A fairly authorative, university entrance exam site says this: Identical with (not to): This bid is identical with the one submitted by you. However, I have found that “identical to” is more commonly used. Is there a difference? The dictionaries accept both versions.

August 13, 2005  •  gp2

Got

I’ve been told before that I should always avoid the word “got”. I was reading another question and the phrase “I got burnt” was being thrown around quite a bit, whereas I think “I was burnt” sounds much better grammatically. Similarly, instead of “I got some mail”, “I received some mail”, and, “I earned straight A’s” instead of “I got straight A’s”. Is there any basis for this, or are there times when “got” really is the best choice?

August 3, 2005  •  gp

Priorities

I don’t think there are any rules about which adjectives come before others in describing something, but nobody would say “red big ball”. Unless they were emphasising the “red” part, as opposed to the *blue* big ball. In what order would you use “mediastinal”, “cystic” and “benign” to modify “teratoma”? Maybe it’s just a matter of what I want to emphasise more, eh?

July 20, 2005  •  m56

Omitting “will”

“1. I am a carnivore and a predator though sometimes I will scavenge. I live in the Arctic where I stay by myself most of my life. I am well camouflaged in the snow, though my skin is actually black to absorb the heat of the sun. I will kill and eat seals and walruses, but I will also eat carrion, such as a dead whale. I love water and am such a strong swimmer that I can swim miles at a time. Who am I?” From rogerwilliamsparkzoo.org How would the removal of “will” affect the meaning of the above passage? Would the writer’s intended effect still be fully appreciated?

July 19, 2005  •  fionateresa

Back and behind

I teach English to adults as a second language. I am having difficulty explaining to my current group the difference of “back” and “behind” and its usage. Can anyone help me out here.... FYI, I am teaching 3 26 year-olds with elementary (literally) knowledge of spoken English.

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