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Re: Past tense of “text”  •  June 2, 2009, 11:13am  •  8 votes

    To me “Yesterday I text him” has the same feel as “Yesterday I paint the house.”     I am surprised at how many have said that the sound of “Yesterday I texted him” makes them cringe;  I don’t

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  May 29, 2009, 10:46am  •  0 vote

I have provided evidence, evidence with which you even agree.   “I” is the nominative, “me” is not.   “It is I” is the proper response to situations requiring a nominative response, or when mak

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  May 28, 2009, 5:59pm  •  0 vote

    It’s not that I don’t believe—for I do.  But the reality that there are situations where “It is me” is readily accepted does nothing to establish that it is proper.    There are vast numbers who r

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  May 28, 2009, 2:30pm  •  0 vote

    I am perfectly willing to believe that “many native speakers are guilty of poorly formed thought every time they speak,” given the boneheadedness I witness every day all around me.  But when I sai

Re: OK vs Okay  •  May 28, 2009, 2:17pm  •  1 vote

Examination of the historical use of the two letters “OK” indicate otherwise, wishful thinking that things are otherwise notwithstanding.

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  May 27, 2009, 2:31pm  •  3 votes

What is most revealing is our never ending compulsion to gauge and judge others by their use of language. Well, what is it you think it reveals?  (And why is it that you thin

Re: “independence from” or “independence to”?  •  May 27, 2009, 2:14pm  •  0 vote

+1

Re: OK vs Okay  •  May 26, 2009, 4:51pm  •  1 vote

There was one earlier, and unrelated, use of “OK.”    March 23, 1839, C.G. Greene, editor of the Boston Morning Post used “O.K.” as if it were an abbreviation for “oll korrect,” a facetious mis

Re: My mother wishes my child be like me.  •  May 24, 2009, 2:16pm  •  0 vote

The way this would be taken by me would be that the mother causes the child to be like the parent throught the transformative process of wishing—“Wishes” being a transitive verb. (But even then, to b

Re: Street Address vs. Mailing Address  •  May 18, 2009, 2:19pm  •  4 votes

“...why would someone ask for my ‘Street Address’ when they really want my ‘Mailing Address’?” For the same reason they give you ¼" for your 3-digit area code (0.083" per digit), but

Re: No Woman No Cry  •  May 18, 2009, 11:36am  •  9 votes

The lyrics of the song make it absolutely clear that the idea in Bob Marley’s mind is that "No, woman; no cry" is an imperative: In this great future, you can't forget your past; So dry your te

Re: One of the most...  •  May 18, 2009, 11:29am  •  0 vote

I believe an English teasher would lower a student's grade on a paper if it had an abiguity such as "I read the book on the chair." It "incorrect" in a domain other than syntax, or misusing words ("l

Re: Peter thins them out  •  May 18, 2009, 11:20am  •  0 vote

This would be a idiom, to me. It is a phrase that does not have specific syntactical meaning, but only has the meaning it has as a complete phrase. The same would be true of phrases such as "grosses

Re: One of the most...  •  May 15, 2009, 7:46pm  •  0 vote

OK, let me ask you: In the case of "One of the most," let's say the goup is 100 in size. So we say, "One of the tallest." The tallest is indicative of a sub group. But how big is it?if you were a

Re: One of the most...  •  May 15, 2009, 4:21pm  •  2 votes

How do we determine what the rules are? Much of language is philosophy/mathematics. The things we say have pretty specific mental structures associated with them. We hve co

Re: One of the most...  •  May 15, 2009, 2:19pm  •  2 votes

Saying a specific quality (comprehensibility) is not relevant is really not the same as asserting a universal (nothing is relevant). For example, if a lot of people say, "I am going to go lay down,

Re: Teams — is or are?  •  May 15, 2009, 12:36pm  •  0 vote

"...this is a bogus distinction drawn by (mostly) British scholars in the 19th century who were intent on creating a grammar for English so complex that they alone could speak it — and most of it had

Re: One of the most...  •  May 15, 2009, 12:13pm  •  2 votes

I gotta go with Brian W.! It is true, it is comprehensible. But so is "I'm going to go lay down." (Should be "lie") So is "I haven't done nothin'." (Double negatives invert the intended meaning.)

Re: “It is one of his girlfriends.”  •  May 14, 2009, 5:27pm  •  0 vote

It would seem to me that, since the original question is one trying to ascertain ownership, the provided answer must be a person. "One of his girlfriend's" is more of a quality of the car that has

Re: Effect vs. Affect  •  May 14, 2009, 5:18pm  •  0 vote

Proper use of "most" requires the size of the set in which the subject is a member: "one of the 10 most." Without a numeric qualifier, all but the last are potentially included in the set "one of the

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  May 14, 2009, 5:15pm  •  4 votes

Ctrl + alt plus "e" gives me € from within MS Word, nothing outside it. (Those shortcuts, such as ctrl + ' followed by e or a are unique to the program being used as well. They work for me in Word,

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  May 14, 2009, 4:54pm  •  4 votes

" 'The accent above the last IS needed, without it the e would not be pronounced in English.' "This is the epitome* of nonsense. Of course the 'e' at the end is pronounced, with or without an accen

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  May 14, 2009, 4:40pm  •  5 votes

"rodrios says: April 4, 2008 at 9:05 am Here here Zirt...." that comes form a contraction of "Hear him! Hear him!" and so is "Hear, hear," not "Here, here."

Re: Cut on/off  •  May 14, 2009, 4:38pm  •  2 votes

I'm highly skeptical of the knife-switch explanation. (I do love those gizmos, however.) Of course, I cannot be autoritative about it, but I have always thought that this stemmed from: "Cut the

Re: Effect vs. Affect  •  May 14, 2009, 4:28pm  •  0 vote

Snippet from the page: Final Score: 11/11

Re: Effect vs. Affect  •  May 14, 2009, 4:20pm  •  0 vote

"This is one of the most common errors people make..." Uhhh, that would be "One of the MORE common . . . " :-]

Re: “I’m just saying”  •  May 14, 2009, 4:16pm  •  29 votes

I have always taken this to assure that the statement that precedes it is not intended to begin a discussion for the purposes of trying to decide whether it is true, etc., but is intended just to sort