mshades

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Re: “gift of” vs. “gift from”  •  February 22, 2013, 2:38pm  •  3 votes

Oh, I'm going to get smacked for using "between three," aren't I? I blame a coffee shortage. Should be "among," of course.

Re: “gift of” vs. “gift from”  •  February 22, 2013, 2:36pm  •  1 vote

"Gift from ~" refers to who gave the gift. So, "A gift from John" means that John gave the gift. "Gift of ~" refers to that which was given. "A gift of John" means that John was given as a gift. Be

Re: always wanted to be  •  November 1, 2011, 5:19pm  •  1 vote

We would use the first if we were telling a story about, say, Rowling's struggles to become an author. We're beginning from the days before she published and using that as our frame of reference. T

Re: attorneys general vs. attorney generals  •  October 18, 2011, 5:27am  •  7 votes

It's a compound noun where the second word is basically an adjective that describes the preceding noun, or "head." In this case, "general" describes "attorney." Ah, the joy of head-first compound no

Re: wrong, incorrect, bad  •  May 16, 2011, 2:01pm  •  23 votes

Here's my early morning, pre-caffeinated take on it: If you reshuffle the terms a bit, you get a continuum of value judgments. "Incorrect" suggests that something is simple not as it is supposed to

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  June 20, 2010, 8:15am  •  20 votes

As dyske pointed out, when you have a double subject, each part has to stand on its own - you can say "I traveled" or "She traveled," but you would never say "Her traveled" or "Me traveled." So your a

Re: me vs. myself  •  December 29, 2009, 10:55am  •  1 vote

There's certainly a case to be made for "myself" as an appositive in that example, but I think it's a weak one. It is, I believe, a superfluous modifier - if I fixed the car, after all, it could have

Re: me vs. myself  •  December 28, 2009, 8:10pm  •  18 votes

A reflexive is usually used as an object pronoun, when the subject is performing an action, and the object of that action is the subject. For example: I cut someone with a kitchen knife. The pe

Re: Adding a question mark to ensure a response  •  December 22, 2009, 5:30am  •  5 votes

It's incorrect to add a question mark because it's not a question. If you wanted to make it a question, you might write, "Would you be interested in more information? Let me know and I can send it" or