JJMBallantyne

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on: “as long as” vs. “so long as”

As John and AO indicated, the two constructions are essentia...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"To those claiming that 'it is I' or 'this is I' is correct:...

on: Believe as a noun

Well, the verb "tabler" does exist in French but, in general...

on: Me Versus I

"James, 'Deidre, Michelle and I presented to the board.' ...

on: As it were

The subjunctive is indeed incorporated into this expression....

on: When to use verbs with an s or without

"JJM, you're a real cowboy. Do you just say any ole stuff ju...

on: Reason Why

I should add as an example, "The Reason Why" which is the ti...

on: Reason Why

Yes, it's redundant. But it's not necessarily wrong. It'...

on: All negations don’t sound right to me.

"Logic is, by definition, not subjective." Er, no kidding...

on: Try and

For me, the modal "should" is doing all the subjunctive-cum-...

on: All negations don’t sound right to me.

"A few of you seem to forget that mathematics, specifically,...

on: Try and

"Secondly, 'be' [in 'should be'] is not an infinitive, it is...

on: Let’s you and me/I

Of course "you and me" is redundant. But that doesn't mak...

on: Try and

"One usually splits an infinitive with an adverb and that is...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

"The verb 'to be' does not take an object." Then "him" in...

on: “This is she” vs. “This is her”

Does the use of "this is her" instead of "this is she" obscu...

on: Try and

"Elizabet's comments above are the last and best words on ...

on: Big, red bull vs red, big bull

"My college Theme Error Rules say to separate two descriptiv...

on: Try and

"Elizabet's comments above are the last and best words on ...

on: Try and

"Some people here are arguing that common usage does not mak...

on: Try and

"Jim [sic], while I'm sure you think you are very clever, un...

on: Try and

"Infinitives should also not be split. For example: '......

on: Big, red bull vs red, big bull

"If it were true then 'little blue bull' would be unusual (w...

on: When to use verbs with an s or without

"Quite clearly it is possible for many speakers to be less t...

on: When to use verbs with an s or without

"However, why one would wish to remain less than fluent in o...

on: Me Versus I

"So there goes the whole accusative, dative twaddle out the ...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

To quote Kent Brockman: here's my two cents. Spell it eit...

on: Spelling with mixed cases

"I recently gave a class of six year olds a spelling test an...

on: Big, red bull vs red, big bull

This really has nothing to do with grammar per se. Both "bi...

on: Pronunciation: aunt

"And, contrary to what some would believe, if the vast major...

on: Wanna know what it coulda be...

Wow! Over two years since this thread got started again. ...

on: Actress instead of Actor

(I realize there are old postings here.) "English is not ...

on: Try and

"If common usage doesn't make it right, then what does make ...

on: perpetrating or perpetuating?

It's a typo or a good old-fashioned spelling mistake....

on: When to use verbs with an s or without

We can certainly overcomplicate English by thinking about it...

on: Exact same

Ignore the "noise" and go back to first principles. Since...

on: Why do we call it “Predicate nominative”

One problem with English grammatical terminology is that too...

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