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Re: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?  •  August 13, 2011, 2:18pm  •  1 vote

Except, @goofy, in the example given, "me" is not an object of anything. "My writing" is the subject.

Re: wrong, incorrect, bad  •  May 16, 2011, 2:12pm  •  0 vote

I was all set to say the same thing as mshades; they're more or less a series of stops along a line of judgment from more objective to more opinion-based/emotional. I would except in the case of s

Re: Usage rules for adverbs  •  May 12, 2011, 4:08am  •  0 vote

Ah, so there is a reason it sounds wrong. Thanks Jayles.

Re: Usage rules for adverbs  •  May 11, 2011, 10:36am  •  6 votes

oh, dear. The grammatical issue here MIGHT be splitting the infinitive "to proactively address" as "to boldly go (where no man has gone before)." Adverbs may go before or after, but if it were MY ar

Re: want it that way  •  April 11, 2011, 1:40pm  •  0 vote

Yeah, "I want it IN that way" would imply something other meaning, it's so alien to the American English idiom. (I refuse to speak for other English-speaking countries.)

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  April 3, 2011, 8:40pm  •  1 vote

Everyone's pretty much said it. In written stuff, it's redundant, somewhat informal, etc., and probably not recommended usage. But in speech, it's ordinary, common idiom, nothing to worry about. O

Re: “I recommend that you do not” vs. “I recommend you not”  •  March 10, 2011, 8:36am  •  1 vote

yeah, the first sentences are wrong. The verb "do" is generally used for command or emphasis. The "recommend" and "do" are redundant to each other so, leave out "do." Also, I do not know what tha

Re: Past Perfect vs. Past Tense  •  March 10, 2011, 8:04am  •  1 vote

Oh, that's annoying. I assumed I could give you a reason I thought the former sentence was more correct than the latter, but I cannot seem to articulate it. Yet, I'm sure the former is more correct.

Re: i’s vs “i”s  •  February 16, 2011, 5:45pm  •  0 vote

I prefer the first one. It's the one I was taught, and the second one looks noisy and hard to read, to me. I agree that there may not be a hard-and-fast rule on this, however.

Re: Difference between “lying” and “misleading”  •  December 27, 2010, 9:19pm  •  3 votes

To lie only requires that the speaker not tell the truth. If the liar misleads, that involves what the person they are lying TO believes. They are only misled if they believe the lie. So, no, to li

Re: Whom are you?  •  October 14, 2010, 12:39pm  •  9 votes

The answer to your question is "not a chance." The verb "to be" indicates identity and the nominative case "Who" is the right one to use.

Re: Interrogative use of perhaps/maybe  •  August 12, 2010, 11:02am  •  1 vote

Yes. It's not ever going to work for formal English. If you were writing it, and you meant it interrogatively, it would have a question mark, but you would not ever use it formally. I don't know

Re: Plural of Yes  •  July 21, 2010, 11:48am  •  13 votes

I believe "Yesses" is correct. It looks really funny, I know.

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  June 20, 2010, 11:40am  •  18 votes

No, you could NOT both be correct. The pronouns have to match in declension, so "She" goes with "I" and "her " goes with "me." When the pronouns are the Subject of the clause, then "She," "He," "We,

Re: There was/were a pen and three pencils...  •  June 19, 2010, 12:20pm  •  2 votes

I disagree. This is one of those cases where sound matters. There IS a pencil and three pens. There ARE three pens and a pencil.

Re: A piece of irony  •  May 20, 2010, 3:17am  •  0 vote

Joke's on you. "Ignert" is a colloquial form, frequently pronounced that way to invoke the dialect, as goofy pointed out. i.e. In an "ironic" twist, if you point out someone using/pronouncing "ig

Re: Space After Period  •  December 15, 2009, 11:53pm  •  0 vote

It's a style issue, not a rule. There's nothing to argue ABOUT. In my job, the style book says "two spaces," but my style book is specific to my industry, so there's no erason for me to argue with a

Re: Fetch Referring to People?  •  September 21, 2009, 12:34pm  •  0 vote

Possibly regional, given the division, but yes, in the South where I am, we "fetch" people all the time and think nothing of it. There may be areas where it's seen as, or used in, a belittling way, b

Re: Difference between a release and a waiver  •  August 24, 2009, 4:09pm  •  0 vote

Agreed. This is not a grammar issue. Grammatically, "waive" works fine. In fact, I prefer it to "release." I'm sorry to have published this comment without adding content. :)

Re: Capitalization of dog breeds  •  August 24, 2009, 3:56pm  •  4 votes

#1 is right--except I'm not sure if I should capitalize ""French fries" now. Great. Only capitalize the proper name words: "German," "Labrador," "English," "Newfoundland," and "Dalmatian." Dog b

Re: “all but” - I hate that expression!  •  May 8, 2009, 3:49pm  •  0 vote

I'm fascinated by the idea that came to me that this person was expressing a peeve about a completely legitimate English construction and implying that it should not ever be there. Admittedly, we a

Re: Why Don’t We Abolish Irregular Verbs and Nouns?  •  April 15, 2009, 12:13am  •  0 vote

I was going to leave what would probably become an increasingly nonsensical bluster of why this idea challenges base assumptions I have about language, but it turned out

Re: Teams — is or are?  •  April 12, 2009, 1:47pm  •  0 vote

Sorry. Hopeless American, I don't know these names you're talking about. :) But it sounds like you understood what I was saying.

Re: There is/are progress and improvements.  •  April 12, 2009, 1:43pm  •  0 vote

I would so not write that sentence, but if it were necessary to have it composed in that way, I would say "there is." Of course, that's because, if I'm forced into an awkward sentence, I want the rea

Re: Defining a proper noun  •  April 12, 2009, 1:26pm  •  1 vote

It seems to me that anything COULD be defined as a proper noun, but that there should be documentation of such a thing. If there's a form that says at the top "Teaching Feedback Form," then referring

Re: On Tomorrow  •  April 12, 2009, 1:06pm  •  7 votes

Sounds like it's just an old-fashioned way of saying things that got stuck in some crevices. I like old-fashioned verbiage, idiom, regional dialect... but I find Brooklyn accents odious to the point

Re: Speaking with negations  •  April 12, 2009, 1:02pm  •  0 vote

Also what Nigel said. I can imagine the exasperated parent saying, "I don't care what's ON the TV. I care that it is NOT OFF!" But also that what others said. Litotes for emphasis, possibly hedg

Re: Wet vs. Whet  •  April 12, 2009, 12:54pm  •  0 vote

Agreed. "Whet" is correct. An appetite is an intangible and, therefore, cannot be "wet." :D

Re: Teams — is or are?  •  April 12, 2009, 12:51pm  •  0 vote

"Team" is a Collective Noun and team names should, therefore, receive a singular verb if they are not specifically plural. Th

Re: Cut on/off  •  April 12, 2009, 12:47pm  •  0 vote

That's curious. I don't know why. Have you only ever heard people say "turn it on" or "turn it off"? I've heard it all my life and never thought of it.

Re: Sleep / Asleep  •  March 5, 2009, 7:13pm  •  0 vote

I have heard it as a dialectic form here in the Deep South. My father used to tell me I was "only sweet when you're 'sleep." I never thought of it as anything but baby/sleepy/love talk, i.e., "You

Re: Green eyes  •  January 27, 2009, 6:23pm  •  1 vote

Jealousy is the "green-eyed monster," so if someone calls you "green eyes," they probably mean you've behaved in a jealous manner.

Re: Street Address vs. Mailing Address  •  December 22, 2008, 5:30am  •  2 votes

Ok, I was speaking in the legal sense. I suppose I should have said "Are not allowed to." And that's what I was told when I worked for one of those "hybrid" postal service places. We had to have s

Re: Where does the period go?  •  December 21, 2008, 8:37am  •  0 vote

Oh, I'm going to have fun here. This question is easy, in the specific: Following American usage and style, the period goes inside the quotation marks. Again, that's emphasis on "American," but

Re: Street Address vs. Mailing Address  •  December 21, 2008, 7:50am  •  5 votes

P.S. "UPS and FedEx will not deliver to PO boxes." Minor nit: It should be "cannot." The Post Office boxes belong to the USPS and cannot legally be put to any other use.

Re: “dis” vs “un”  •  December 16, 2008, 1:46pm  •  7 votes

Wow, this is a great question. Given the examples, I guess I tend to think of them as a way I think of as "mathematical," in which "un" =0. Uninterested, unloved, unfounded. Nothing happened there.

Re: Street Address vs. Mailing Address  •  December 16, 2008, 12:49pm  •  4 votes

I don't know, you must live in Crazyland, from my point of view. I live in the greater metro area, and when they say Mailing Address, they mean, Where the Post Office/Government thinks you are, a

Re: Please be advised....  •  December 16, 2008, 12:39pm  •  1 vote

It reminds me that they say, in German (or at least they did when I took it in high school, lo, these many years ago), "Now you will hear the news," rather than "Now we will present the news." It has