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Re: What’s happening to the Passive?  •  July 30, 2014, 6:36pm  •  0 vote

What passive are you talking about? I see no passive.

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 21, 2014, 7:35am  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, First, I'm not Jason. I'm Jasper. I did react poorly. I may have been grumpy/irritable when/before I wrote it. And although I focus on formal grammar when I look at something, I do

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 20, 2014, 6:25am  •  0 vote

@jayles, Well, for the question at hand: whether it should be who or whom in these constructions. As for importance, I like challenging problems that in some cases requires looking at them from a d

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 19, 2014, 3:24am  •  2 votes

@jayles, Yes, I agree with that. Makes perfect sense. @Skeeter Lewis, Exactly, as regulars, we know each other's positions on certain matters. We don't need to hear restatements of those thin

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 18, 2014, 5:38am  •  0 vote

@jayles, Although I put copular verbs, I was mainly focused on "be". As I'm sure you know, other copular verbs take objective case pronouns, e.g., I became him (not he). I probably should have sim

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 18, 2014, 1:15am  •  1 vote

Also from my grammar book: "How to Find the Subject of a Sentence" 3. To find the subject in a question, turn the question into statement form.

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 18, 2014, 12:52am  •  0 vote

@jayles, Yes, that's more like it. Thank you. @Warsaw Will, "I have very grave doubts about your opening premise, beloved by certain grammar sites, that if the answer is 'him', it must be 'wh

Re: Who/whom, copular verbs, and the infinitive  •  July 17, 2014, 6:18am  •  0 vote

@jayles, I think you're missing the point. Yes, formally, subject complements need to be in the nominative case, but this is not a simple: "It is I/he/she", nor does it have anything to do with

Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  July 4, 2014, 5:20pm  •  0 vote

I had intended to respond a day or two ago, but I thought about this and I, in the last month or so, had said "don't count your chickens before they're hatched". I also had a conversation in May, I b

Re: Are proverbs dying?  •  July 1, 2014, 10:31pm  •  0 vote

They may not be used as much, but they are still used. It's just being around people at the right situation. I can't think of any off the top of my head, but I know that my family still uses them from

Re: Putative (-ly) vs. Supposed (-ly) vs. Ostensible (-y)  •  June 26, 2014, 10:06am  •  0 vote

So if we talk about the truth value in these words, it would have putative as the highest, ostensible as the middle, and supposed as the lowest: >>TRUTH >Putative (we'll give it a percentage o

Re: When is “of course” impolite?  •  June 7, 2014, 2:20am  •  0 vote

e sounds mordant. "Of course" reads like "no duh" to me, but contextually, it works. A yes fits better there though. The only time(s) that I can think of in which"Of course" is impolite is when it

Re: “went missing/gone missing”?  •  June 6, 2014, 4:13pm  •  0 vote

DesertRat71, I honestly don't see any problem with wikitionary in this case, and it usually has usage notes on words or phrases that are or are seen as ungrammatical. So, thy point is meaningless,

Re: “went missing/gone missing”?  •  June 6, 2014, 2:40pm  •  0 vote

Went missing is perfectly fine. The verb go is a catenative verb and thus can chain together with, in its case, an infinitive and a gerund. Scroll down a bit and go can be found listed: http://

Re: Use of multiple periods  •  June 4, 2014, 8:06pm  •  1 vote

Warsaw Will, I think the ellipsis here is used to show an accepting reluctance: "I'll do it, but...." That's usually how I see an ellipsis at the end of sentences. It gives the impression of th

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  June 4, 2014, 12:29am  •  0 vote

jayles, Yes, they still exist in dialects, but I see no reason why my speech needs to be modeled after said dialect. Additionally, thou without verbs marking the case have appeared, although low:

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  June 3, 2014, 9:02pm  •  0 vote

jayles, I never said that I was bringing back the verb inflections of thou, or would thou prefer I bring back -th inflection for third person singular too? No, I'm merely making a simple substitu

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  June 3, 2014, 4:11pm  •  0 vote

At the time, I was looking for "If-clauses" through some of my documents to see whether I had been hypercorrect, and I think this may be one. Although my Word (not always the best basis to go by) t

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  June 3, 2014, 1:53am  •  0 vote

As this is my post, I have another question related to the subjunctive: should the subjunctive be used here? "He was convinced that [if he was/were to move his arm, it would break]." I don't thi

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  June 1, 2014, 7:28pm  •  0 vote

*aren't should be are

Re: “Between you and I...”  •  June 1, 2014, 7:05pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, That debate was very enjoyable. However, I have an issue about what Oliver Kamm said about registers. As I've learned about how British schools don't teach much grammar any more from

Re: Couldn’t Care Less  •  May 21, 2014, 4:39pm  •  0 vote

Okay, I'm back. @Warsaw Will "So if you bring it back, you must insist that you is never used as a polite form, only a plural." My intention is using thou for singular and you for plural. Ye, I

Re: Couldn’t Care Less  •  May 18, 2014, 2:24pm  •  0 vote

@jayles, I'm not advocating to add them to English curriculums/a (per se) nor am going to prescribe or reproach someone for using "you" in singular. I just think it would be preferential/better for

Re: Couldn’t Care Less  •  May 18, 2014, 9:02am  •  0 vote

Um, this should make it clearer because PITE comments dislike my table format: Singular Nominative: You Objective: You Genitive: Your, yours Reflexive/Intensive: Yourself Plural Nominative: Y

Re: Couldn’t Care Less  •  May 18, 2014, 7:53am  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, "... that's how the rules have been formed over the centuries. " Yes, first, you have to create a standard out of commonalities before having that standard. The greatest threat tha

Re: Couldn’t Care Less  •  May 18, 2014, 12:49am  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, "Basically, what it boils down to is that you don't like it, which is fair enough, nobody's asking you to use it, but that doesn't necessarily make it incorrect." Yes, but the conv

Re: Are sports commentators and sports show anchors out to change the language?  •  May 16, 2014, 6:56am  •  0 vote

I can understand your problems with all but "update you". I suppose "give you an update/updates" would be better, but I don't see a big deal with "update you", although it could be construed as if you

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  May 10, 2014, 6:36am  •  0 vote

*Remove "being"

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  May 10, 2014, 6:35am  •  0 vote

As I've told my friend, Lego is a contraction of two Danish words "leg godt (play well)"=>lego. A verb being changed into a proper noun. If the Danes are allowed to contract words and change the lexic

Re: Which sound “normal” to you?  •  April 8, 2014, 1:18am  •  0 vote

D sounds the most natural and followed by A. B sounds strange with shall, but if I remember correctly, "shall" is the "will" of first person pronouns. I agree that B doesn't sit well on the tongue,

Re: therefore, thus as conjunctions  •  April 7, 2014, 5:14am  •  0 vote

@ps.nikki, "Clause; conjunctive adverb, clause" is the formal "correct" way to punctuate it. Example: "He is the bad guy; therefore, I am the good guy."

Re: A New Correlative Conjunction?  •  March 20, 2014, 7:03am  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, Funnily enough, I've actually thought of clauses in mathematical terms. For example, an independent clause would be x; a subordinate clause would be some kind of sinusoidal functio

Re: A New Correlative Conjunction?  •  March 20, 2014, 3:58am  •  0 vote

@jayles Maybe: SVO for "Who hit the teacher?" or IsVO Ips/Is=interrogative pronoun as subject OxSV/IoxSV for "Who(m) did the teacher hit?" Ipo/Io=Interrogative pronoun as object

Re: On Tomorrow  •  March 14, 2014, 12:14pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot, Um, yeah, sorry about that. After I had just posted the comment, I reflected on it and realized how much like an ass I sounded. Anyway, I find "on tomorrow" strange sounding. Jayle

Re: On Tomorrow  •  March 13, 2014, 7:38am  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot, Well, Monday is answering the adverbial question of "when". It fits into: We went shopping today. I went shopping yesterday. I went to the story a few days ago (or ereyesterday [t

Re: On Tomorrow  •  March 12, 2014, 9:10pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot, I think the exclusion of the preposition is that Monday can act adverbially (which is what it is doing here).

Re: “You have two choices”  •  March 12, 2014, 9:31am  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot, I used intransigent because you're unwilling to change your mind (the definition) on something that does have usage beside it, and, like you, if something seems illogical, I will exami

Re: “You have two choices”  •  March 11, 2014, 4:40am  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot, Yes, the way that the syntax, which has forty modifying fabrics, is supposedly supports your claim, but, despite the evidence provided by Warsaw Will, AnWulf, who, although didn't prov

Re: “You have two choices”  •  March 11, 2014, 2:48am  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot, But that's the thing two, three, four, etc. are adjectives and thus restricting the meaning of choice because there can be more than two choices. Here is a definition (as a noun): "

Re: Pronouncing “str” like “shtr” as in “shtrong” “shtrange”  •  March 10, 2014, 7:32pm  •  2 votes

@Mrs. Davenport, Because of your post, I researched the term Ebonics (on wikipedia) and apologize that I may have offended you with its use. I only learned it recently, through this website no less

Re: Pronouncing “str” like “shtr” as in “shtrong” “shtrange”  •  March 10, 2014, 3:39pm  •  2 votes

@Mrs. Davenport So, you're saying that African-Americans don't have their own dialect? I never said Black=uneducated, you interpolated that (although the poster may hold that position). I googled s

Re: A New Correlative Conjunction?  •  March 8, 2014, 11:13pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, Sorry, for the late reply. Yes, I am aware of the existence of the pairing of not, or never, which I agree could/is another substitution, and nor, but I think it would be more accurat

Re: Inch vs. Inches  •  March 7, 2014, 2:01am  •  0 vote

@Nathaniel George, .5 of an inch=1/2 (of) an inch and .75 of an inch=3/4 of an inch.

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  March 5, 2014, 5:26pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, "The writer of that Atlantic article thinks that traditional grammar teaching has a negative effect on students, cramping their writing and generally pitting them off English." Rea

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  March 1, 2014, 1:13pm  •  0 vote

Here's the excerpt from that Sesquiotica article: "First of all, the restriction of which to nonrestrictive clauses is not a grammatical law; it is a stylistic recommendation and does not have to b

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  March 1, 2014, 12:47pm  •  0 vote

@sundy, But that's the thing: language is not always logical. Further, some people choose to use 'which' without a comma and some introductory prepositional phrases can be left without commas. I'm

Re: Pronouncing “str” like “shtr” as in “shtrong” “shtrange”  •  February 27, 2014, 5:13pm  •  0 vote

Forgot to post this: That is why I posted the links. Origins.

Re: Pronouncing “str” like “shtr” as in “shtrong” “shtrange”  •  February 27, 2014, 5:12pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, I found something that pointed in the direction of its origin. I'm not agreeing with his literally/litrally distinction. The origin isn't definitive, but there's a possibility of it s

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  February 26, 2014, 5:41pm  •  0 vote

@jayles, The only significant problem that I can think of would be understanding. If it can be explained well and the students understand it, then, yes, teaching would be very helpful. But maybe it

Re: Pronouncing “str” like “shtr” as in “shtrong” “shtrange”  •  February 26, 2014, 4:23pm  •  1 vote

And: http://people.sc.fsu.edu/~jburkardt/fun/wordplay/shtrange.html

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 26, 2014, 4:10pm  •  0 vote

@Brus, I'm not sure it is political correctness. It's closer to me acting like an a**hat. @Peter Reynolds, Still, a forum shouldn't be rabid. @Warsaw Will, You live in Poland right? I

Re: Pronouncing “str” like “shtr” as in “shtrong” “shtrange”  •  February 26, 2014, 4:02pm  •  1 vote

I have found this: Only the media could pick up and run with a complete misuse of pronunciation rules and thrust them into common usage. Even the army is doing this, with an obviously white announc

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 24, 2014, 12:43pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, Yes, you're right. By my second post, I defended my position, distorting it at that, for the sake of defending it. I will admit to that and be judged accordingly. I acted in a bellico

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 24, 2014, 7:49am  •  0 vote

@Paul Reynolds, There is nothing to correct in "It is she" vs. "It is I". They are two different personal pronouns. The only thing that could be seen as awkward is the use of the third person inste

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 24, 2014, 4:54am  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, Yes, I was wrong about the anecdote. I will concede to that, but I will not concede to my despisal of his ignorant judgment of another person. @Joy, What my main issue is is st

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 23, 2014, 9:22am  •  0 vote


Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 23, 2014, 3:48am  •  1 vote

@Peter Reynolds, Perhaps, it is endemic to females, but your knowledge of formal grammar is not irrelevant because you made a judgment: "I thought the customer was being ironic because she was bein

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  February 22, 2014, 2:30pm  •  0 vote

@Peter Reynolds, You don't have knowledge of formal grammar, do you? "This is she/he/it/I" is the formal form of "This is her/him/it/me". Your anecdotes are meaningless. It's not an Americanism

Re: troops vs soldiers  •  February 21, 2014, 12:20pm  •  1 vote

@Emil E or M, I don't think anyone here would care if you were single or not because we, the regulars here—Warsaw Will, AnWulf, Jayles, Hairy Scot, porsche, Skeeter Lewis, Dyske, myself, and others

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 20, 2014, 1:18pm  •  0 vote

@AnWulf, On rereading your question, I seem to have misinterpreted it the first time. But to iterate what was said in the previous post, the Italian word "cassa" predates French "casse". Sorry abou

Re: “Anglish”  •  February 18, 2014, 10:43pm  •  0 vote

Definition 1a of Substantive (noun): "A chest or box for money; a cash-box, till." First appearance dated to 1598 and attributed to FLORIO and then in 1611 to COTGR. Googling Florio 1598 gives Giovan

Re: who vs. whom  •  February 12, 2014, 4:50pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, But the question remains: are those men who do use it using it correctly?

Re: Horizontal Stripes?  •  February 11, 2014, 6:57pm  •  0 vote

I have never heard stripes being used solely vertical. Stripes essentially mean lines that are parallel. Horizontal, vertical, or diagonal describes their angle (0 degrees, 90 degrees, or 45 degrees o

Re: Pled versus pleaded  •  February 6, 2014, 3:33pm  •  0 vote

I don't know what it is, but "snuck" to me sounds better than sneaked. The "uck" part has that pernicious sound when paired with "sn". To Warsaw Will, I feel as though the archaic second person sin

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  February 5, 2014, 5:21pm  •  0 vote

Whoops, didn't realize it was pun; I was thinking of it as dull and what not. That went over my head pretty well.

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  February 5, 2014, 12:10pm  •  0 vote

*In the first paragraph, static should stative.

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  January 29, 2014, 6:30am  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will I disagree. Bored can act as adjective and thus can act predicatively in a static relationship with a copula. In the case of the question originally posed in David L's post, I do no

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  January 28, 2014, 12:28pm  •  0 vote

Bored is acting as an adjective here. This is because nothing was trying to bore him, but that what he was doing was boring, i.e. monotonous, dull, dreary.

Re: tonne vs ton  •  January 26, 2014, 7:18am  •  0 vote

I find the use slightly innovative because it takes an old (relatively), well-established idiom that, in this context, uses a not too outdated word and revivifies it with the metric ton, i.e. tonne. B

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 23, 2014, 12:54am  •  0 vote

@AnWulf, I will take you up that offer about providing quotations whenever possible. I checked Oxford's entry on peace, and the earliest date that I found was 1154. That fact about Oxford English D

Re: “hone in” vs. “home in”  •  January 22, 2014, 11:53pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw WIll, Yes, that question with "first, secondly, thirdly" confused me because it said "traditionally correct" and "technically perfect"; those two pieces seemed to contradict each other beca

Re: “hone in” vs. “home in”  •  January 21, 2014, 10:42pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will, I was on the internet a few months ago looking for grammar tests to see whether I retained the stuff or not (I do this from time to time) and found an online test of ten (English gram

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  January 16, 2014, 10:19pm  •  0 vote

Sorry for the delay in responding. Although I have since removed the spot in an edit, I will, by the aid of wikipedia, inform you as to what a lesovik: "The Leshy or Lesovik is a male woodland spi

Re: “Anglish”  •  January 16, 2014, 9:58pm  •  0 vote

@AnWulf, First, on Etymonline's giving of different roots might be because of cognates, which I am sure you are aware. Second, because I have the compact version of the 20 volume set of the Oxfo

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  December 4, 2013, 8:33pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will Yes, I agree with your point on number one. I have not checked the story in some time because I have been busy with school work. Number two, however, is basically saying that curren

Re: Selfie  •  December 3, 2013, 9:32pm  •  0 vote

Shelfie, that is great.

Re: Modal Remoteness & Tense  •  December 3, 2013, 6:48pm  •  0 vote

@Jayles, Yes, I am aware of mixed conditionals, but have not focused on them yet, and have made a chart using the terms of present open, past open, present remote, and past remote. I learned these

Re: “a letter that had requested” vs. “a letter that requested”  •  December 3, 2013, 6:35pm  •  0 vote

Yes, okay, that makes sense. All that the relative clause is doing is, more or less, stating a fact, like quote on book (2) and (3). The reason for my thinking that the requesting should be in past pe

Re: On Tomorrow  •  November 25, 2013, 12:33am  •  0 vote

* I mean spoken prevalence.

Re: On Tomorrow  •  November 25, 2013, 12:32am  •  0 vote

@Teacher According to Google's Ngram, it started about 1781 with a infinitesimal percent of 0.0000010225(%) in comparison to tomorrow with a slightly higher percent of 0.0001739213(%). Both have gr

Re: “enamored with” and “enamored by”  •  November 5, 2013, 9:37pm  •  0 vote

@Brus, I disagree. I do not believe an ellipsis is implied at all. If we compare your correction (A) with the original (amended) (B), the meanings are slightly different: (A) "Attention to perfe

Re: “Anglish”  •  November 5, 2013, 1:27pm  •  0 vote

@AnWulf, Yes, some of those silly rules are nothing but that. And people just accept it without asking why do we do it. I had a Creative Writing teacher in High School whom I was talking to about,

Re: Plural form of anonymous  •  November 2, 2013, 9:10pm  •  1 vote

Just to throw my two cents in, "Thus, the heroes of today are no longer living individuals but dead, and anonymous."

Re: Motives vs. Motivation  •  October 30, 2013, 7:46am  •  0 vote

@Jayles I don't think there is a connection between motive(s) and motivate(s) considering they fall within two different word groups (parts of speech). If there were a nominal Latin replacement of

Re: “Anglish”  •  October 29, 2013, 5:47pm  •  0 vote

I like both, but I would probably use brotherhood more than fraternity. This mainly because of my unfamiliarity with the word.

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  October 22, 2013, 3:00am  •  0 vote

Edit: Sentences 3 through 5 should be removed because they are erroneous.

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  October 22, 2013, 1:18am  •  0 vote

@T_reason Your argument is, I believe, a non-sequitur. You state that x of y is correct plural (to take your example bags of flour), when the question asks for whether Legos, or Legoes(?), is an in

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  October 19, 2013, 7:26am  •  0 vote

Some of those changes are ghastly while others are reasonable considering the different audience. I cannot help but wonder however what has been lost in the soft translation.

Re: Tell About  •  October 18, 2013, 11:01pm  •  0 vote

As an American, I would have to say it is dialectical. I don't use it because I can't seem to use "tell about" without inserting an objective pronoun between the "tell" and "about". Additionally, tell

Re: “as” clause and tense  •  October 16, 2013, 1:42pm  •  0 vote

Yes, I thought that it had been used because it was a factual statement but was not sure, and because I rarely see these types of sentences, I thought it would be best to have second opinion.

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 8, 2013, 1:22am  •  0 vote

Both A and B practically mean the same thing. C reads odd to me though.

Re: Past vs. past perfect  •  September 17, 2013, 9:39pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will I don't quite understand your second post. You say, "...that didn't happen *after* the main event..." Do you mean before there or could you elaborate?

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  August 29, 2013, 7:26pm  •  0 vote

* viola should voila.

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  August 29, 2013, 7:24pm  •  0 vote

' "...But if [you think] you [can] keep coming in late to work, you've got another [think] coming." ' Some insertions and viola. You have the 'think' version. Moreover, the idiom isn't based off gr

Re: Adverbs better avoided?  •  August 21, 2013, 3:55pm  •  0 vote

@Warsaw Will Agreed. Passives are perfectly fine. @Will I Am Don't believe nonsense like "adverbs" and "adjectives" (I insert this because I have heard adjectives treated similarly) are bad.

Re: How did “trans-” become “x-”?  •  August 20, 2013, 7:35pm  •  0 vote

@Spence The Xmas isn't actually "exing" out Christ, but in reality stands for the Greek letter chi, the starting letter, in Greek, of "Christ". Here is the source for that: http://en.wikipedia.o

Re: why does english have capital letters?  •  July 26, 2013, 5:09pm  •  0 vote

*"the" should be "than"

Re: why does english have capital letters?  •  July 26, 2013, 5:08pm  •  0 vote

@aragond You are either unfathomably stupid or you are just trolling. The latter is truer. But I'll indulge you. Let's begin with your errors: 1. Commas are used more the connecting clauses.

Re: On Tomorrow  •  July 25, 2013, 11:08pm  •  0 vote

*Scratch out the second 'not'.

Re: On Tomorrow  •  July 25, 2013, 6:44pm  •  0 vote

I don't think the phrase is not even logical. Tomorrow, I believe, is a blend of the preposition 'to' with morrow, which means the following day. Other phrases that have merged are hereto, herewith, n

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