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Re: Fried Chicken  •  December 30, 2002, 12:56am  •  0 vote

As if counting in Japanese is any easier, ha!

Re: Neither is or neither are  •  December 20, 2002, 5:01pm  •  2 votes

It's the 'and' vs. 'or' implication. Neither is saying that "not vodka" or "not rum" in the singular, so neither, by itself, is correct. Also, were you to use the combination of the two in your

Re: Five of Ten  •  December 10, 2002, 1:28pm  •  0 vote

http://dictionary.reference.com/search?q=of 17. Before; until: five minutes of two.

Re: Gone to Seed  •  December 2, 2002, 11:15am  •  0 vote

A humourous side note. I just searched for "hit a snag" "off his rocker" "gone to seed" in google, and got the Bobby Fischer article from URLdj. Wonder what Dyske's been reading...

Re: hit a snag  •  December 2, 2002, 11:12am  •  0 vote

Literally, a snag is something that gets in the way, specifically the jagged edge of a rock or a tree or something. So if you were pulling something by a rope, and it got caught on a tree, you would l

Re: Control  •  November 13, 2002, 9:40pm  •  0 vote

"I have full control" is correct. 'Controls' in the plural of the noun form of 'control'. 'Controls' are objects that allow you to control something. When you say you have control, you have cont

Re: Where are the commas?  •  November 13, 2002, 4:30pm  •  1 vote

Fancy that. I swear to all that is holy that English sucks donkey testicles.

Re: Matching Numbers  •  November 13, 2002, 4:27pm  •  0 vote

Nope Dyske. "These computers each come with a 40GB drive" is correct, since the subject is 'these computers' is the subject, and it's plural. "Each of these computers comes with a 40GB drive" is

Re: Matching Numbers  •  November 12, 2002, 9:55am  •  0 vote

"These computers EACH come with a 40GB drive" -or- "These computers come with 40GB drives." The first is preferable, the second is ambiguous.

Re: What is / What are  •  November 11, 2002, 5:03pm  •  0 vote

"These will not bring us happiness" or "these are not what will bring us happiness" would be my recommendations, since repeating 'are' when it can be avoided is rather clumsy sounding. "Are going"

Re: What Rhymes?  •  November 11, 2002, 4:59pm  •  3 votes

Rhyming is dependant on the ending syllable of a word generally. To us gaijin, almost all Japanese words rhyme for that reason (hence the reason Japanese rap doesn't really work right). Purple: pe

Re: Where are the commas?  •  November 11, 2002, 4:53pm  •  0 vote

The fewer commas the more likely it's correct. Mistakes with commas are either using none (causing run on sentences extraordinaire), or using far, too, many, after every, word. If you aren't sure a co

Re: Speed(s)  •  November 11, 2002, 4:50pm  •  0 vote

I am assuming that the context was a discussion of multiple internet thingies (e.g. DSL and Cable, messageboards and blogs, etc.) which each move at different speeds. Since the speed of DSL and Cable

Re: Em dash  •  November 11, 2002, 4:47pm  •  0 vote

Yes. Otherwise people would assume the em dash is a hyphen. I think it's a style issue though, and there are no hard and fast rules to it.

Re: Text, A Text, Texts  •  November 11, 2002, 4:46pm  •  0 vote

A text generally means an individual self-cohesive text. A bunch of individual self-cohesive texts would be 'texts'. A bunch of words on a page are 'text'. This little blurb is text, not a text.

Re: Past / Present  •  November 11, 2002, 4:32pm  •  0 vote

"Who I was" is the correct way to phrase that. The tense within a sentence should agree the whole way through. "At the lecture yesterday, only a few of them knew who I am" sounds like they can divine

Re: A position followed by a company name  •  November 11, 2002, 4:19pm  •  0 vote

The second would be more correct, but neither looks that good. Ideally it should read (in my mind): "AS&E's CTO Joseph Callerame" or "The CTO of AS&E, Joseph Callerame,"

Re: A Part of ...  •  November 11, 2002, 4:18pm  •  0 vote

"I am a part of the team" implies that you are an individual composing a part of the whole, which also implies that the whole is a composite. "I am part of the team" implies that the team is an entity

Re: A lot of water  •  November 11, 2002, 4:15pm  •  5 votes

Many suggests distinct objects. "There are many people here." "There are many grains of sand on the beach." "There are many rivers." Much is used to express quantity of one type of object. You w

Re: Future  •  November 11, 2002, 4:06pm  •  0 vote

Generally people say "In THE future." I've never seen in 'a' future, though I'd suspect some people say it because they believe that time diverges á la Back to the Future 2.

Re: A position followed by a company name  •  November 11, 2002, 3:52pm  •  0 vote

I'm not sure about this one, but... If it was one company, it would probably read, "Kinsella's chief technology officer" indicating the the person is the chief technology officer OF Kinsella ('s in

Re: Type  •  November 11, 2002, 2:45pm  •  0 vote

"This type of car" "this type" refers to "expensive sports car" despite not being explicitly enumerated earlier. This is a dandy idea though, I should set one up for Japanese.