jayles

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“it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

When I was brought up in England we used to say things like ...

Which sound “normal” to you?

A) Must we have fish for dinner again? B) Shall we have t...

“The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

Please look at the following examples: a) The plants died. ...

Five eggs is too many

A: What are you cooking? B: An omelette. A: How many eggs ...

Recent Comments

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

I agree that spelling is not the major issue for non-native ...

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

"daemon" is often used with this spelling when referring to ...

on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

Curious how looker(s)-on was overtaken by onlooker(s) toward...

on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

dictionary.reference.com/browse/warmerupper dictionary.refe...

on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

@WW "putter-onner" , putter-inner, taker-outer, leaver-outer...

on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

en.wiktionary.org/wiki/washer-upper www.definition-of.com...

on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

books.google.com/books?isbn=0071428933 books.google.com/boo...

on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/fixer-upper ...

on: “it’s the put-er-on-er-er”

More at: literalminded.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/picker-uppe...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW No sweat. I guess, were it not for "The Few", we'd both ...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW my view is greatly influenced by German where "could you...

on: Have diphthongs gone for good?

Is this a question of spelling or ligatures? Ligatures lik...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW German closely follows the English patterns: german.sta...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW Sorry I didn't mean to suggest that 'would','could', 'mi...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW At present my understanding of the history/background he...

on: Mentee?

@HS Sounds like you had fun! My first computer game was on a...

on: Mentee?

@HS Strictly speaking, the -ee add-on should only be used on...

on: Mentee?

glenjplayer.com/2011/01/mentee-mentoree-meant-what/ ...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW just to be clear: B or C is not something I would choose...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW A and D are both fine and normal; there's no issue about...

on: Which sound “normal” to you?

@WW cf New Headway Intermediate workbook Unit 4 section 2 It...

on: Pronunciation of indefinite article “a”

@WW I really don't have any special knowledge of ME or OE, j...

on: Pronunciation of indefinite article “a”

@WW I would agree....

on: Mentee?

That's from 1913...

on: Mentee?

@HS Perhaps "The Vocational Guidance Quarterly" vol 32 p196 ...

on: Pronunciation of indefinite article “a”

@WW I must own up, all these years so focussed on when to us...

on: Pronunciation of indefinite article “a”

@WW Troilius and Cressida : Oon ere it herde, at tothir out ...

on: Pronunciation of indefinite article “a”

As 'a' is but a short form of 'an', itself a variant of 'on...

on: “Anglish”

@AnWulf Yes, freme. Seems to come up as frame with sligh...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

@HS You are mistaken in your deductions. I just never watch ...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

I sit corrected - although the notion that someone's pron co...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

Just one more thing: in my life I encounter various Sanskrit...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

Perhaps I should outline one technique which over time tends...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

"trailing scwa." SB trailing schwa - as in "You speak-e to ...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

As a matter of fact, over the past few years I have had seve...

on: Pronunciation Etiquette—Hypothetical Question

@HS Given the PC world in which we live, one would try not t...

on: “Anglish”

@AnWulf Thanks. All I could find was "frame" but that seems ...

on: A New Correlative Conjunction?

@WW you meant "@Jasper" ?...

on: A New Correlative Conjunction?

@Jasper yes; using "Q" to mean "question word" doesn't reall...

on: A New Correlative Conjunction?

@WW BTW I've never really sorted out how to write up ; "Who...

on: A New Correlative Conjunction?

@WW Confirmed. Or just write it up as SxMV[OPT] if sts don'...

on: What does “Curb your dog” mean?

So they really do have kerbs in Oz? Just in the settlements?...

on: “Anglish”

Benefit: what was the middle English word for this? In wil...

on: On Tomorrow

Also you need to change the timespan to 1800 to 2008 to get ...

on: On Tomorrow

@HS+J a bit criyptic, yes; mea culpa. Go to: books.google...

on: On Tomorrow

Keying in; Monday_* , _ADP_Monday to the ngram view sugg...

on: “admits to”

@HS Friends and family live on as long as we remember them. ...

on: “admits to”

Only then is one admitted TO heaven....

on: “admits to”

@HS Up at the pearly gates St M checks your latest tax retur...

on: A New Correlative Conjunction?

@WW I just use plain SV[OPT} 95% of the time. Romance and Ge...

on: A New Correlative Conjunction?

@WW all a bit too academic for me; in teaching I just use SV...

on: A New Correlative Conjunction?

English has been described as a residual verb-comes-second (...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

If one wishes to teach "grammar" a little more directly, one...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Often one does not need to teach grammar as such; just selec...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

@WW no offence intended, Geordie or Glaswegian both incompre...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

De grammaticae eruditione: The first thing we would need to ...

on: apostrophe with expressions of distance or time

If you look on wikipedia possessive apostrophe it gives the ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

timor tui incomprehensionis ironiae meae conturbat me...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

cum essem parvulus loquebar ut parvulus sapiebam ut parvulus...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Lingua populi Romae lingua deorum semper non oblita atque no...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Fortisan si omnes illi incolii......

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Fortisan si toti illi incolii olim apsumebent sui dies gramm...

on: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction

@WW after an intial spike 1800-1820, it just wanders along t...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

The map is on Wikipedia under "treaty of trianon" https:/...

on: take it on/off and put it on/off

@WW yes Polish is like Russian (apart from the script) ; you...

on: take it on/off and put it on/off

Hungarian itself has phrasal verbs - "meg" or "el" often cor...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

@Jasper Parts of western Ukraine were at one time part of Po...

on: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction

@WW "for_CONJ_" on Ngram shows a marked resurgence over the ...

on: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction

Perhaps I could raise the matter of "for" as a conjunction. ...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Amen brethren. In an unguarded unthinking non-PC moment in...

on: all _____ sudden

@WW etymonline.com suggests : upon the soden (1550s) and ...

on: all _____ sudden

I wonder by my troth, what thou and I Did, till we googled?...

on: all _____ sudden

@WW Can't remember Dryden but didn't Donne go like: What ...

on: all _____ sudden

http://www.grammarphobia.com/blog/2008/02/sudden-life.html...

on: all _____ sudden

@WW evidently failed to convert. How about: http://www.phra...

on: all _____ sudden

MyLord, "All the sudden" comes up in the London Magazine fr...

on: Two Weeks Notice

@WW "saint valentines day" with no apostrophe comes up in Ha...

on: Two Weeks Notice

Perhaps leaving off the apostrophe is because some people ca...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

"Bore" is listed in longmans and wiktionary as transitive/in...

on: who vs. whom

Putting the following _ADP_ whom , _ADP_ who in to the Ng...

on: Shall have done?

@WW I tend to agree.My understanding of Ngram is that the in...

on: Shall have done?

Often it is hard to tell whether it is shall or will as it i...

on: Pronunciation of “gill”

@HS perhaps you meant "the timely Stephen Fry" (as opposed t...

on: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?

It's quite interesting how we balk at "a made mistake", but ...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

I seem (dimly) to recall teaching "less" vs "fewer", and dis...

on: Fora vs Forums

We do in fact take on board some non-English grammar when li...

on: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive

@WW I agree. If anyone asked what a determiner is, I'd just ...

on: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive

@WW perhaps I just meant "like an adjective" or "works like ...

on: mines

nzherald.co.nz/entertainment/news/article.cfm?c_id=1501119&o...

on: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive

From a sheer ESOL standpoint, the less terminology the bette...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

@WW Oh I'm not against "awesome"; just don't recall hearing ...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

@WW "Awesome" is mainly a colonial or downunder word, or is ...

on: “It is I” vs. “It is me”

@WW I agree - and the whole scenario somewhat forced....

on: “It is I” vs. “It is me”

"I think I know who stole the petty cash; it was Janice!" "...

on: mines

"The possessive pronoun mine, which becomes mines in AAVE, i...

on: “feedback” and “check in”

I found a copy of "The Stories of English" by David Crystal ...

on: Modal Remoteness & Tense

@Jasper "Remoteness" was put forward by I think Michael Lew...

on: Modal Remoteness & Tense

@Jasper ' When the even was come,' says St. Matthew, viii. ...

on: Modal Remoteness & Tense

And as a footnote: most European languages have similar syst...

on: Modal Remoteness & Tense

@Jasper Just to make the term "six-pack" clearer: (you need ...

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