lamont2718

Joined: February 16, 2005

Number of comments posted: 33

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Re: ‘...’?  •  October 30, 2005, 10:41pm  •  0 vote

To answer your question, yes. I should note, though, that ellipses are used much more widely than just in emails or within quotes.

Re: Burnt  •  July 26, 2005, 9:37pm  •  0 vote

"I got burnt by my motorcycle's exhaust pipe" sounds just fine to me.

Re: Littler  •  July 2, 2005, 4:02pm  •  4 votes

You should try to avoid using "littler" when you can instead use "smaller," "less," or "lesser." I find the Oxford English Dictionary's note very helpful: "Little: A. adj. The opposite of great

Re: Am I Missing Something?  •  June 30, 2005, 1:27pm  •  0 vote

Get it right: It's not a hyphen--it's a DASH.

Re: I versus Me  •  June 10, 2005, 11:08pm  •  0 vote

This has already been discussed pretty thoroughly in this topic: http://www.painintheenglish.com/post.asp?id=398

Re: The Only One I Ever Wanted  •  June 6, 2005, 10:57am  •  0 vote

I think part of the reason it sounds awkward is because of its logic. "The one I ever wanted" could refer to several things, especially if you've ever wanted a lot of things in the past. Instead, "the

Re: North or northern  •  May 27, 2005, 1:09am  •  0 vote

I'm not sure about any rules, but I'm pretty sure that "Southern France" is acceptable.

Re: You Joking Me?  •  May 15, 2005, 4:58pm  •  1 vote

Actually, you can "joke" someone. "joke, v. ... 2. trans. To make the object of a joke or jokes; to poke fun at; to chaff, banter, rally." --from the online OED

Re: You Joking Me?  •  May 14, 2005, 12:13am  •  0 vote

I hear people say both all the time. While it is true that what your friend says is more colloquial, your alternative is still colloquial as well, despite being a little more "proper," so I don't thin

Re: Everybody doesn’t say it like that...  •  May 4, 2005, 9:39pm  •  0 vote

Although I almost never hear that construction, you make perfect sense to me. Feel better now?

Re: verb tenses  •  April 30, 2005, 10:58am  •  0 vote

Bah, a number of typos in that post: In the third paragraph, "tell" should be "told." In the fifth paragraph, the first "examines" should be "examine."

Re: verb tenses  •  April 30, 2005, 10:54am  •  0 vote

It all depends on context. Technically, none of them are truly correct because each one needs a comma between "happened" and "and" in order to separate the two independent clauses. Aside from that

Re: me or I  •  April 27, 2005, 8:18pm  •  0 vote

Upon perusal of the OED, I found this definition of the pronoun "I." "Sometimes used for the objective after a verb or preposition, esp. when separated from the governing word by other words. This

Re: me or I  •  April 27, 2005, 8:03pm  •  0 vote

Oh, and to Persephone Imytholin: Could you please direct me to a site where I could find the rule that you cited? I don't think I've ever heard of it before.

Re: me or I  •  April 27, 2005, 7:59pm  •  0 vote

I completely agree with IngisKahn. Anyone who says "for my sister and I" clearly is trying to sound smart while only demonstrating their ignorance. This is one of my biggest pet peeves. While I'm o

Re: Plural of name ending in Y  •  April 1, 2005, 2:49pm  •  0 vote

Go for either Murphies or Murphys--both look a tad weird to me, but I'm positive that any use of the apostrophe in this situation is just plain wrong. Also check out this closely-related thread: ht

Re: Login into or log in to  •  March 14, 2005, 5:58pm  •  0 vote

I still hear people use "sign on" and "log on" very often, usually interchangeably with "log in," "login," and "sign in."

Re: some troubles with passsives  •  March 13, 2005, 8:18pm  •  0 vote

Although Marta didn't directly state her idea of what "better" means, she did say that she's trying to find the one that "sound[s] natural" and is grammatically correct.

Re: Plural s-ending Possessives  •  March 12, 2005, 7:58pm  •  6 votes

"The Jones' house" doesn't make any sense; that's like saying "the Smith' house" or "the Lee' house."

Re: Plural s-ending Possessives  •  March 11, 2005, 9:00pm  •  1 vote

Speedwell, I have a question for you. In the first post, you say, "The family Jones has a house. It is the Jones's... house." Later in your third post, you say, "...the kitty belonging to the family [

Re: Plural s-ending Possessives  •  March 11, 2005, 8:53pm  •  1 vote

A tiny correction on Brad's comment: Adding -'s to a possessive noun is always acceptable, even if the noun ends in -s with the "z" sound. As Diana Hacker in A Writer's Reference (sorry, I can't un

Re: affectatious  •  March 8, 2005, 12:31am  •  0 vote

It's in the Oxford English Dictionary as an adjective: "Of the nature of affectation. (In the quotation read instead of affectations in Shakespeare's Merry Wives I. i. 152.)" Also noted as obsolete an

Re: partner  •  March 5, 2005, 5:27pm  •  0 vote

While it is true that "partner" is often used to refer to a homosexual partner for lack of a more specific yet appropriate word, it can still be used to refer to a spouse. In the situation you describ

Re: Possessive with acromyms ending in S  •  March 3, 2005, 10:51pm  •  0 vote

"Initialisms are made up of the initial letters of words and are pronounced as separate letters: CIA (or C.I.A.), NYC, pm (or p.m.), US (or U.S.). Practice varies with regard to periods, with current

Re: Comprise  •  March 2, 2005, 4:56pm  •  0 vote

The "of" is inherent in the definition of "comprise," which is "to consist of; be composed of." Thus, you should never say the following: "The conference comprised of a number of lectures." "The

Re: eat vs. have breakfast  •  February 21, 2005, 2:49pm  •  0 vote

Notice the qualifiers used in the past few comments; we can use "eat" and "have" interchangably--but that's when speaking about breakfast. As speedwell pointed out, the two verbs cannot be switched fo

Re: my being vs me being  •  February 20, 2005, 12:35pm  •  0 vote

Slemmet, you're right. My examples at the bottom weren't applicable to "without me being." Despite my mistake, however, I'm glad that you still were able to understand my explanation. While the gerund

Re: my being vs me being  •  February 20, 2005, 12:36am  •  3 votes

It looks like you are missing something. It is completely incorrect to say "without me being warned." Instead, we use "my" in the possessive sense because "being" is being used as a gerund (a special

Re: Upon/on  •  February 18, 2005, 9:58pm  •  1 vote

CQ is absolutely right in that "upon" is slightly more formal--but could could I get a spell check on my name? :P

Re: eat vs. have breakfast  •  February 18, 2005, 8:45am  •  0 vote

Well when it comes to breakfast, the converse substitution will always make sense as well; "to eat" breakfast will always be able to substitute "to have" breakfast and retain the original implications

Re: Upon/on  •  February 17, 2005, 7:46pm  •  2 votes

Both on and upon can be used. In no situation would there ever be a difference in the meaning between "dependent on" and "dependent upon." On a side note, I think "differentiated" in the original

Re: eat vs. have breakfast  •  February 17, 2005, 7:35pm  •  2 votes

Actually, I find that "to eat" and "to have" breakfast are almost completely interchangeable; I cannot think of a single situation in which using one would have different implications than the other.

Re: web site or Web site  •  February 16, 2005, 9:56pm  •  0 vote

I've never heard "Web" used to refer to a website. Instead, I have always understood it to be short for "World Wide Web." As speedwell has already said, website is correct as both one and two word