Grammarnut

Joined: September 20, 2013

Number of comments posted: 10

Number of votes received: 1

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Re: “my bad”  •  September 20, 2013, 9:25pm  •  0 vote

And sorry to @chancery.co, I hadn't noticed that you already explained this in the context (my bad!)

Re: “my bad”  •  September 20, 2013, 9:23pm  •  0 vote

"My bad" is the informal, abridged version of "Pardon me sir/madam, my mistake." Bad is synonymous with mistake in that sentence, which obviously is a noun. Sorry @TtheP, but that's my Generation Y

Re: I’ve vs I’ve got  •  September 20, 2013, 9:16pm  •  0 vote

In my region of the US, we only contract auxiliaries. I have a brother vs I've got a brother

Re: If ... were/was  •  September 20, 2013, 9:06pm  •  0 vote

@Dave, I too must disagree: when one says "if I/it/he/etc were to," you're speaking in the subjunctive mood. That's purely resevered for hypotheticals. Were is used will all forms in this construction

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 20, 2013, 8:43pm  •  0 vote

Sorry @providencejim, to answer you more directly, yes one can generalize too much! (aka give an over(ly) simplistic explanation)

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 20, 2013, 8:38pm  •  0 vote

PS @providencejim "Where I do expect better is from those who earn their living or their reputation from published nonfictional writing." The NYT has their own style guide. It is as I said a flat a

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 20, 2013, 8:34pm  •  0 vote

It doesn't bother me per se. I don't often say over simplistic, but I do often refer to explanations as being overly simplistic, an over simplification, or as being over simplified. I suspect that

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  September 20, 2013, 8:27pm  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot "he once got arrested" "he was once arrested"

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  September 20, 2013, 8:18pm  •  0 vote

PPS I also want to acknowledge that we do use got to and gotta (improperly) without have in the US, myself included. I'd NEVER use that in front of someone I'd never met before though. It's sort of li

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  September 20, 2013, 8:14pm  •  1 vote

OK. First, from the American persepective, 'have got' in the simple present tense to express obligation or current possession is perfectly good (albeit informal) English. I use it daily as do most of