John C

Joined: March 6, 2011

Number of comments posted: 13

Number of votes received: 4

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Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  July 15, 2012, 7:24am  •  1 vote

Note that "pounder" receives the same treatment. And it's a good illustration of how the shortening of vowels like that can really speed up the speech. Aside from that, an even more prominent feature

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  June 5, 2012, 8:52am  •  0 vote

I was going to chime in about eight comments ago but deleted without submitting, thinking that I was being too full of myself. Alas, it appears I do have something to offer, that hasn't been mentioned

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  June 3, 2012, 9:04pm  •  0 vote

I don't confuse England with Britain, though many English seem to, as they are more than 80% of the UK population. I can't vouch for how it was taught in the fifties and sixties, though my English fri

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  June 3, 2012, 4:31pm  •  0 vote

Hairy, Isn't it weird how experiences differ? I'm not from Britain, but I consume a fair amount of British media and have British friends. I can't think of a case where I have heard a Brit say "diffe

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  June 3, 2012, 4:25pm  •  0 vote

"Even though I'm just a kid I know the rule: similar to and different from!" I remember being just a kid, when I knew everything simply because the real world hadn't had time to contract everything I

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  May 28, 2011, 10:12pm  •  0 vote

Ouch! Those apostrophe gremlins stalk me everywhere, and the punctuation police are never far behind, damn their eyes. "Different than" seems to have become pandemic here in the states and it still

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  May 28, 2011, 8:30am  •  0 vote

Groucho, THAT has to be a typo. "That" isn't even a preposition, it's a conjunction, which makes its usage here wrong on any side of the Atlantic. I'm sure the the writer meant to say THAN, an

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  March 8, 2011, 10:09pm  •  1 vote

P.S. Perhaps the British "different to" was originally "different compared to", the word compared now being implicit. Google "different to" and you might find more unique opinions than there are h

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  March 8, 2011, 9:59pm  •  0 vote

porsche, From listening to the BBC, and conversing with my English friends, I have to conclude that the British "different to" has exactly the same meaning as the American "different from". That's

Re: Pronouns  •  March 8, 2011, 1:18pm  •  0 vote

I heard it speculated, perhaps in the Ken Burns documentary, The Civil War, that the divergence between the British use of "are" and the American use of "is" when referring to collective nouns was tri

Re: Effect vs. Affect  •  March 8, 2011, 1:05pm  •  0 vote

11/11 without pausing or breaking a sweat. I'm not an expert on the language, but as an engineer, I internalize unambiguous rules and structures fairly easily. This is one of the few (don't get me sta

Re: Correct preposition following different?  •  March 8, 2011, 12:43pm  •  0 vote

Different to seems to be the norm for the British, different from for Americans. I see nothing wrong with either of those as they don't make the mistake treating different as a comparative. Different

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  March 6, 2011, 2:21pm  •  2 votes

To my native Wisconsin ears, a Canadian about always sounded like “aboot”, but when I would try to imitate it just didn’t quite sound right. If I say “a-boat” it seems to come out nearly perfectly, bu