dbfreak

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cannot vs. can not

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Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  February 10, 2011, 3:10am  •  0 vote

Yeah, I think it's almost always from, but not the only.. I wouldn't mind if I saw a different to.. but that mostly appeals to me literarily, to be honest.. This is different from this. From is li

Re: Signage  •  February 10, 2011, 2:32am  •  0 vote

Yeah.. I've never heard anyone use the word signage improperly.. My first thought was that you were misreading, as well.. But, I don't want to assume too much. The problem here is that you didn't

Re: Use of “Referenced”  •  February 10, 2011, 2:26am  •  3 votes

No, because a lot of people would agree with you. But, no, reference is a verb, because it is giving credit to someone (or I guess something). Referring to is rather explaining the context. But y

Re: cannot vs. can not  •  February 10, 2011, 2:19am  •  1 vote

Maybe because of the n and n :S

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  February 10, 2011, 1:55am  •  0 vote

the first syllable in the word*!

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  February 10, 2011, 1:43am  •  0 vote

elongating the word in the first* syllable!

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  February 10, 2011, 1:42am  •  0 vote

Haha, I dunno about the filim stuff, but I def know what you mean by vee-hickle. Like, I've seen in movies actors pronouncing vehicle by elongating the word syllable, and then, of course, sounding out

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  February 10, 2011, 1:31am  •  1 vote

It seems that I have wasted, once again, so much time on the Canadian pronunciation! It takes away from my life sometimes haha.. I get distracted, and I found myself listening to the pronunciation th

Re: How do I write out .25% ?  •  November 17, 2010, 4:43am  •  0 vote

In "normal" English, if you will, you would replace that with something else. Like, a very small percentage, or less than a percent/percentage. I say the decimal system is strictly mathematical, and y

Re: “His being chosen” vs. “His having been chosen”  •  November 17, 2010, 4:34am  •  0 vote

When one is writing down thoughts, your brain with its concepts and its power for syntax converts those thoughts as closely as you ordered it in your head. Then it becomes being, and then you think it

Re: “sources of” vs. “the source of”  •  November 17, 2010, 4:29am  •  0 vote

Ok, imagine the blood they are looking for is called t-blood. No t-blood has been found in Joe nor Jack. It is from the results of this analysis that Joe nor Jack are sources for the t-blood discre

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  November 17, 2010, 4:23am  •  0 vote

I don't remember learning this in school. Except for the part that in formal language you should use I at the end of the list of people you're talking about, because if you say 'I, Tom, Tim, and John

Re: Really happy or real happy  •  November 17, 2010, 3:54am  •  0 vote

as long as you're allowed*

Re: Really happy or real happy  •  November 17, 2010, 3:53am  •  1 vote

Exactly, real is used for true, genuine, etc.. However, when I think of He was real happy, I think he was really happy. When I hear He was really happy, I think, really? Well, if you say so. Becaus

Re: It is you who are/is ...  •  November 17, 2010, 3:41am  •  4 votes

Uh.. I think you're confusing yourself, Donna. Does Donna change in numbers? You has always been singular. In English, there is no distinction in the word or spelling of 'you', to determine whether

Re: Comparisons and Superlatives of Colours  •  November 17, 2010, 3:23am  •  0 vote

English-Russian Translator has got the right concept. However, I would even shorten the list to only white; everything seems to me to be either literary "acceptability" or words that have arguably

Re: Usage of past, present, and future tense in ownership  •  November 17, 2010, 3:05am  •  1 vote

No, both are correct, as in accepted. And, yes, 'was the previous owner' is also correct, and it doesn't have to mean he's dead. Although David's answer is pretty crafty, he is taking it way to

Re: OK vs Okay  •  November 17, 2010, 2:49am  •  0 vote

It doesn't matter about the history. All we have to know is that there was a history to OK, and the oral code OK was eventually adopted. Now, for the written code, people wrote it down as OK, as in

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  November 17, 2010, 2:37am  •  0 vote

The other thing I look to add is some people think 'this is she' is more formal for some reason.. I think there's a term for that in linguistics, when people think they know the real way but they real

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  November 17, 2010, 2:34am  •  1 vote

'this is she' and 'this is her' are both correct. Not only does 'this is her' sound better to my ears or is in common usage, I compare it to other sentences. Read all along above for many examples.

Re: Does “Who knows” need a question mark?  •  November 17, 2010, 2:07am  •  4 votes

I agree with DQ, and I think he's right. 'God knows' is actually saying that only God knows, although you're really saying His name in vain. In other words, you don't actually have to to mean it ev

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  November 17, 2010, 1:39am  •  1 vote

Hey, I'm from Toronto, and moved to Ottawa for 2 years. It's pretty much the same for both cities. As far as I can remember, I remember being taught aunt like ant. No one really says aunt like "ahn

Re: Social vs Societal  •  November 14, 2010, 12:47am  •  3 votes

I don't know why so many people have not heard the word 'societal' before, maybe because there are a lot of terms with 'social' in it, for instance, 'social networking'. 'societal' is definitely a

Re: Proper label for an annual event that skipped a year  •  November 14, 2010, 12:22am  •  0 vote

Just like an essay, I will try to give you the prudent answer first: That is a fallacy. On first thought, if anything, it would be the sixth annual. Literally, you only had six. Calling the sixth t

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  November 13, 2010, 11:59pm  •  3 votes

Also, I DO want to get you started on zed and zee, I heard both while I was growing up, as well as the classic, "hey, don't say zee, that's so American". According to "http://www.ic.arizona.edu/~lsp/"

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  November 13, 2010, 11:59pm  •  2 votes

Sorry, I meant most hear a difference* And, I made him say about and a boat, and out and oat* And, I realised that I wasn't clear in that my last paragraph, first sentence was referring to my third

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  November 13, 2010, 10:58pm  •  2 votes

Hi, everyone. This is going to be my first post. I have been interested in Canadian English, both spelling, sayings, and pronunciation, recently. It's been almost my hobby for the past 3 months or so.