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Re: anything vs. everything  •  August 5, 2010, 12:52pm  •  1 vote

Well, it depends on the context. "Anything" can be exclusive: John is so out of his element in the kitchen: He can never find anything. Contrast that with "John is so out of his element in the kitc

Re: Myriad / myriad of  •  July 28, 2010, 11:06pm  •  0 vote

"A 10,000 of apples" is indeed poor English; however, as was pointed out, the original meaning of "myriad" was 10,000. That's no longer the common meaning. Thus, "a myriad apples" and "a myriad

Re: It is you who are/is ...  •  July 24, 2010, 11:18pm  •  3 votes

The pronoun "you" always takes a plural verb, even when the object is singular, as in your example. Leave out the "who" and you'd have either "you are wrong" or "you is wrong". "Who," in your exam

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  July 20, 2010, 6:01pm  •  3 votes

The link above is somewhat helpful, but doesn't address the question specifically. In the UK (and other English-speaking countries outside North America), just about all collective nouns (e.g., team,

Re: “His being chosen” vs. “His having been chosen”  •  May 30, 2010, 12:32pm  •  4 votes

In either case the verb for should be "...has surprised us." However, here's how I'd write the sentence for clarity and concisesness: "His selection as headmaster surprised us."

Re: Myriad / myriad of  •  March 1, 2010, 12:55pm  •  5 votes

dyske is correct: "Myriad" is both a noun (with a much older history) and an adjective. Originally, "myriad" meant ten thousand; its second meaning is "a great many," hence "a myriad of [something]."

Re: me vs. myself  •  December 28, 2009, 2:24pm  •  3 votes

Douglas pretty much nailed it. The reflexive "myself" is almost always incorrect, unless it is preceded somewhere in the sentence by the objective "me."

Re: Adding a question mark to ensure a response  •  December 23, 2009, 2:07pm  •  4 votes

I'm afraid the editor to whom you made your pitch was probably negatively impressed. Writing is not speech, especially formal writing. (And even in speech, making a statement with a rising into

Re: decapitalize vs. uncapitalize  •  December 16, 2009, 1:04pm  •  7 votes

In fact, according to Merriam-Webster's 3rd Unabridged, neither is a verb, although "uncapitalized" is an adjective. Try "change to lower case." That's what copyeditors do with a stroke through the im

Re: Twenty-ten vs Two thousand-ten  •  December 11, 2009, 7:10pm  •  0 vote

Thought we had this discussion here; perhaps it was elsewhere. At any rate: My theory is, people use whichever form has the fewer number of syllables. Thus, "twenty-ten" (3 syllables) over "two-tho