providencejim

Joined: June 17, 2010

Number of comments posted: 51

Number of votes received: 11

Retired, did some college English teaching and some other things. Live in a state often used as a comparison in discussing a rather large but not gigantic entity, e.g.: The oil spill now covers an area the size of Rhode Island.

Questions Submitted

“Based out of”: Why?

I’ve been seeing and hearing people use “based out of” more ...

“Over-simplistic”

Does that grate on anyone else’s ear? Is there, say, a “simp...

“and” or “but” followed by a comma

In recent years I’ve noticed an increasing use of “and” or “...

Recent Comments

on: “Based out of”: Why?

Will, the use of "like" as a "postponed filler," as per you...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

I share Buzzbuzz10's occasional confusion when seeing "sick"...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

Will, with imply/infer you have hit on probably my longest-h...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

Well put, as usual, Warsaw Will. I agree that dictionaries h...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

@Skeeter Lewis: The nautical use of "out of" makes perfect s...

on: “Based out of”: Why?

Warsaw Will, thanks for your response (quite informative as ...

on: Tell About

@Warsaw Will: Ironic that the one novel I chose to try out t...

on: Tell About

Warsaw Will, I was curious why A Giant's Strength, a play of...

on: Tell About

At first as an American of some years I thought, Why, that's...

on: Misuse of “lay”

As usual, Warsaw Will lends to the topic his deep knowledge ...

on: “Over-simplistic”

For JJMBallantyne and jayles the unwise: First, after review...

on: “Over-simplistic”

Aha, Will, as an American I have indeed been influenced to b...

on: “Over-simplistic”

Hello Will (yes, it's Jim): My nighttime mind must have been...

on: “Over-simplistic”

Will, you mean your example begs the question of whether a p...

on: “Over-simplistic”

WWill, your sentence sounds as natural and idiomatic to me a...

on: “Over-simplistic”

Thanks for joining the discussion, JJMB and Grammarnut, but ...

on: “Over-simplistic”

As always, Warsaw Will, quite helpful and well-documented co...

on: “Over-simplistic”

I hadn't come across the Fry video before, Warsaw Will, so t...

on: “Over-simplistic”

I appreciate your research, Warsaw Will, but "over-simplisti...

on: I’ve vs I’ve got

Excellent comment by Warsaw Will. As an English-speaking Ame...

on: “graduated high school” or “graduated from high school”?

For what it's worth, it's nice to see that Grammar Girl agre...

on: “graduated high school” or “graduated from high school”?

As an update on this topic, at today's NBC News site I found...

on: “in regards to”

"in regards to" and "with regards to" has always grated on m...

on: “It is what it is”

RGB, I think your second post about Lennon lyrics is a good ...

on: “It is what it is”

@Warsaw Will: Thank you for your contributions here, which a...

on: “It is what it is”

We owe a debt of gratitude to hot diggedy dayum for bringing...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

@Cymrie: According to what I learned in numerous English cl...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

JohnsonJackson: I agree it doesn't "sound right," even thoug...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

Thredder and id: I guess if you've always heard something sa...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

Oh, Welid, the Brits! Here in the US we try to avoid comma s...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

Julia S. U., concerning your final observation, I learned (a...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

Oops, how embarrassing--I left out the comma in the title of...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

porsche, I can agree that getting rid of a rule that mandate...

on: “and” or “but” followed by a comma

Actually, bubbha, I don't like what's become typical of writ...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

nuffsaid, did you bother to read the comments above, especia...

on: Referent of “one”

Although I agree generally with dave's response, to be more ...

on: “It is what it is”

jonthecelt, I know someone with Crohn's and sympathize. And ...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

dot, please don't SHOUT. Now try to apply your view to the q...

on: “It is what it is”

Well, william2010bc, I'm not sure we should be getting back ...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

We need to put this issue to rest. Again today I find the id...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

Well, Nancy, I'm sorry the idiom so upsets you, but like man...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

Yes, Jimmy, they could have said that, but your version leav...

on: “It is what it is”

haston, your query about "Butter Face" intrigued me, as I'd ...

on: “It is what it is”

Matt P: Interesting observation, raising for me two question...

on: “It is what it is”

Thanks for your input, itiswhatitis. It's clear this express...

on: “went missing/gone missing”?

I think "went missing" is now common in reporting (print and...

on: “It is what it is”

Darn, Red, I was going to say that Patriots coach Bill Belic...

on: Team names — singular or plural

I agree with Steve - Kestrel Aerie. I started watching more ...

on: There was/were a pen and three pencils...

Scyllacat, have you seen using sound as an aid to subject-ve...

on: There was/were a pen and three pencils...

Oops: my reply above contains an error. The third sentence s...

on: There was/were a pen and three pencils...

When a sentence begins with "There" and the choice of verb i...