JJMBallantyne

Joined: December 30, 2006  (email not validated)

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on: “Over-simplistic”

"There is a distinct difference between emphasizing somethin...

on: He and I, me and him

"It's sad to see you've slipped into the same insulting mode...

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

"@JJM - It doesn't matter for native speakers in the course ...

on: “Over-simplistic”

"I think sometimes people can get a bit too het up about thi...

on: If ... were/was

Good to be back....

on: Five eggs is too many

"Five eggs is too much" is fine. These sorts of arguments...

on: You’ve got another think/thing coming

"So I'm pretty big on correcting other people's grammar when...

on: You’ve got another think/thing coming

"@I'm - of course, they're both idioms, so I don't think the...

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

"'The plants were withered' Adjective or passive?" Let me...

on: Hyphen, N-dash, M-dash

For what it's worth, I stopped wasting time on the differenc...

on: If ... were/was

"I am questioning whether Owner should be with WERE or Owner...

on: “I says”

Yes, in fact the verb form "I says/I knows/I sits" etc. is a...

on: When did we start pluralizing prepositions?

"Backwards and forwards are standard in British English, tho...

on: Adverbial scope of ‘tomorrow’

"So basically what you are saying is that both are grammatic...

on: Adverbial scope of ‘tomorrow’

If you'll permit me, I think you're a bit guilty of overanal...

on: optimiSe or optimiZe ?

"I have found both terminations in verbs like optimiz(s)e, p...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

There is no accusative form in English; you meant "objective...

on: “Literally” in spoken conversation

"I would certainly say something like, 'Boy, was I mad. I re...

on: “Literally” in spoken conversation

BJONES: "Fine, let's just change all the meanings of words ...

on: I’ve no idea

"I live in a country where English isn't the primary languag...

on: “Literally” in spoken conversation

I must side with Hamish here. The adverb "literally" is (an...

on: It had impacts on...

"Is it grammatically correct to say 'It had impacts on...'?"...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

Still at it, eh?...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

Still at it, eh?...

on: mines

It's clearly a regionalism/dialect form. It actually makes ...

on: I’ve no idea

1. "Is it a correct syntax to say: 'I’ve no idea' to shortc...

on: make it work

Well, "work" is the infinitive. The fact that it often requ...

on: Complete Sentence

"if in sentence hasn`t subject or oredicated it is fragment....

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

"I cannot stand how people in the USA say 'legos'. drives me...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

If LEGO wishes me to "protect its brand name" in my private ...

on: Pronunciation of “Nova Scotia”

Typo: make that "weren't"....

on: Pronunciation of “Nova Scotia”

"but I speak as a Scot when I say that the Scottish version ...

on: “American”

"I'm argentinian and I actually think it IS offensive." S...

on: Pronunciation of “Nova Scotia”

Well, as one who has lived "Down East", I agree with "dougin...

on: of a

As for a "lucid argument", there's none to be made because n...

on: of a

"I have oft admitted that I am a pedantic old curmudgeon and...

on: of a

"The former is perfectly good english. The latter is not, an...

on: -age words

We've been coining "-age" words in English pretty well since...

on: “It is I” vs. “It is me”

Gosh, I would have thought this old argument had been flogge...

on: I’m home

“'I am home.' Does 'home' function here as a noun or an adve...

on: O’clock

Some interesting comments spanning almost seven years. The ...

on: “hone in” vs. “home in”

Surely the reason for this fairly humble mistake is obvious?...

on: Try and

Such substitution exercises are silly. They do not account ...

on: Verb, the process of being

"This is very interesting! keep it up" I think you are ju...

on: He was sat

In the spoken language, "Standard English" is a useful ficti...

on: He was sat

"Try watching or preferably listening to the BBC. They do it...

on: He was sat

If you ever find someone who speaks so-called "Standard Engl...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

"This does not tell me anything at all out of context..." ...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

Ah yes, dear old Noam Chomsky. "There are three things in...

on: “I says”

First, let me commend Eduardo for attempting to bring a bit ...

on: why does english have capital letters?

"English does not have capital letters. The script it uses h...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

dougincanada: Ah, I see that you're falling back on an ad...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

Oops! Looks like I had more than a couple of typos up there...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

"A sentence needs a subject and predicate." Not so. Yo...

on: make it work

"As a follow-up, why don’t we conjugate 'work' or keep it in...

on: that vs. if and whether

"From my experience, about 95% of english speaking people (e...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

Surely not. Doesn't a sentence require a subject and a verb?...

on: “Fine” as a complete sentence

Sure....

on: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”

"I think this goes right along with improper uses of 'your' ...

on: Plural s-ending Possessives

"I am making our x-mas cards and our last name is Gonzalez. ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"We have already established what is correct." Quite the ...

on: “American”

Speaking as a Canadian, I do not wish to be referred to as a...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"Correct use of the language has nothing to do with any kind...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"I revel in the fact that English is governed by 'Common Usa...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"Every verb in Engish has a subjunctive tense." The subju...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"The verb 'to be' is, I think, the only verb in English that...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"'If I was the Prime Minister. ...' said Ed Miliband, Britis...

on: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”

"Never seen the 'ov' form, but 'would ov' is no more correct...

on: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”

The "ov" form has been around for quite a while. It's actua...

on: “think of” vs. “think to”

"How much French is in him?" As a French speaker, I immed...

on: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?

The use of "LEGOs" (or, for that matter, "Legos") to describ...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"Wow, I wonder if the original poster ever thought their que...

on: Impact as a noun

Oops! I meant "instance"....

on: Impact as a noun

Impact can be both a noun and a verb. However, at the ris...

on: “council” vs. “board”

One is spelled c-o-u-n-c-i-l and the other is spelled b-o-a-...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

Jim: "I’m mainly suggesting the words are interchanged so of...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

"And please don’t use the excuse that it’s normal communicat...

on: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”

"Is there not a redundancy in the use of 'got' with 'have'?"...

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

And, regarding "gift" as a verb, I agree with a few other co...

on: gifting vs. giving a gift

Obviously "seldomly" is a word; if it were not, it wouldn't ...

on: to-day, to-night

My guess is that sometime in the 20s-30s the hyphen was view...

on: Whom are you?

Use "who". "Whom" smacks of overcorrection (the tendency ...

on: Accepted spellings, punctuation, and capitalization of email

I use "email". On those occasions where this word starts a ...

on: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?

Dare I risk the label of being a pedant and propose that all...

on: “Anglish”

"Perhaps instead of being rude and insulting you could expla...

on: “she” vs “her”

"I was speaking to my administrator and explaining how I met...

on: Really happy or real happy

The idea that that "real" as an adverb might have a certain ...

on: “Anglish”

"Does anybody have an opinion or thoughts on “Anglish”…" ...

on: “and yet”

If it were redundant, it wouldn't be there, would it?...

on: 46 year old heated Caribbean debate

Life must be pretty good in Trinidad and Tobago if this is a...

on: Loose = Lose?

In summary then: it's simply a spelling mistake. Given th...

on: Try and

"I shall never accept that simple prevailing usage makes err...

on: Past tense of “text”

What does need have to do with anything?...

on: Past tense of “text”

Correction: my last should have been: I suggest that the...

on: Past tense of “text”

I suggest that the past form is pronounced "text'd". It s...

on: Pronunciation: aunt

Some say AHNT and some say ANT. There you have it. Nex...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

"The accent above the last IS needed, without it the e would...

on: Let’s you and me/I

"'Let us you and I' is incorrect." Yes indeed. Gramm...

on: The Toronto Maple Leafs

It's "Maple Leafs." Period. End of discussion.* As for:...

on: “as long as” vs. “so long as”

Oops! Forgot to add: Both constructions are essentially ...

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