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Re: “As per ....”?  •  May 23, 2012, 12:58am  •  0 vote

We hear this a lot in the US too. I think it's business-speak leaking into general speech. As with most corporate jargon, there is almost always a better phrase available.

Re: “Anglish”  •  October 27, 2011, 11:50pm  •  0 vote

What are you people babbling about? I thought this was a website about English, which is an actual living language, not an imaginary one.

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  October 27, 2011, 10:53pm  •  2 votes

Have your ears checked. There is nothing wrong in ending a sentence with a preposition.

Re: What can I do besides...  •  October 24, 2011, 7:52pm  •  4 votes

The word "beside" is a preposition, therefore it has no plural. To my ear, the sentence "What can I do but complain?" sounds best. It is concise. It avoids the plural preposition and the unneeded g

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  October 24, 2011, 7:24pm  •  1 vote

Brus, I disagree. A semicolon, when used to join two phrases, each of which could be a sentence, replaces the conjunction. When a conjunction is used a comma is employed.

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  October 23, 2011, 8:17pm  •  1 vote

You need know only this: a conjunction is not needed after a semicolon because a semicolon relpaces a conjunction.

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  October 21, 2011, 2:20am  •  1 vote

I stand by my comment. Punctuation, at its best, does not lead us through the maze of badly constructed sentences. It thrusts us through the good ones.

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  October 20, 2011, 1:42am  •  1 vote

I hope you kept the receipt for this book, as it is rubbish. A semicolon is never used with a conjunction. In specific instances it replaces the conjunction. Others, I am sure, will explain.

Re: “Anglish”  •  September 19, 2011, 12:35am  •  0 vote

What are you talking about? And to whom?

Re: It’s Official: email not e-mail  •  September 18, 2011, 6:07pm  •  2 votes

I have always advocated against the hyphen in this case. I believe Winston Churchill would have too.

Re: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?  •  August 14, 2011, 5:44pm  •  0 vote

Carolyn: You are right, both sentences are awkward. Moreover, both are factually wrong. From a grammatical standpoint, I'd say scrap them both and start over. This would be better: "That I wr

Re: “Anglish”  •  June 7, 2011, 1:54am  •  0 vote

Ængelfolc: This site concerns itself with English, which is a living language, and a real one. Anglish is imaginary, like Esperanto or Atlantean (or Antlantish?). Have you an issue that is relevant

Re: On Tomorrow  •  March 26, 2011, 3:33am  •  0 vote

I am not bothered by "on tomorrow." Its meaning is clear—as clear as "on Tuesday." It's the same construction. I hear it rarely, I admit. But really, haven't you— Tom, and Millie and all you others—so

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  March 26, 2011, 3:25am  •  4 votes

The answer to your question is yes and no. There are instances where "I have" and I have got" mean the same thing. For example: I have/got to go. In other cases there is a slight distinction: I have a

Re: On Tomorrow  •  March 4, 2011, 6:23am  •  3 votes

Willie Mead: I’m more bothered by the phrase “black-educated” than I ever could be by “on tomorrow.”

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  February 17, 2011, 4:14am  •  12 votes

I think "gift" as a verb is a vogue word that will die under its own weight. I hope. Similarly, we hear "plating" used to describe the arrangement of food on a dish, but mainly on cooking programs. No

Re: Pronunciation: aunt  •  January 14, 2011, 5:25am  •  0 vote

Shawn: Have you ever been in Boston? It it's a mostly blue-collar town, like most of America. If do you visit, Shawn, visit Southie. And say your piece—you may just get educated.

Re: Everybody vs. Everyone  •  December 8, 2010, 5:05am  •  0 vote

And by "out familiarity" I clearly meant "our familiarity." Ain't typing the Dickens?

Re: Everybody vs. Everyone  •  December 7, 2010, 10:34pm  •  4 votes

The words "everyone" and "everybody" are not entirely interchangeable. For example, the phrase "God bless us, everyone" is generally taken to mean "God bless us all," while the phrase "God bless us, e

Re: How do I write out .25% ?  •  November 18, 2010, 11:57am  •  0 vote

The answer is: "a quarter of a percent." The problem is that only the small percentage of the population that understand percentages understands you. Say "nearly none" or "almost no," depending on

Re: all _____ sudden  •  October 21, 2010, 2:20am  •  4 votes

Slobby: what's your point? That Kipling meddled with the idiom merely illustrates its malleability. I'm not a fan of "all the sudden." I never said I was. It ain't entirely grammatical, but if it's a

Re: all _____ sudden  •  October 18, 2010, 2:23am  •  0 vote

Kipling truncated the idiom to "of a sudden." I suspect, Slobby, he'd read a book.

Re: “On accident” and “study on . . .”  •  October 6, 2010, 5:04am  •  0 vote

ahoff: I was, I think, intemperate in my comment. You are clearly passionate about language. We agree, at least, on one point: [those] who teach English should teach it with reverence and love. Tha

Re: “On accident” and “study on . . .”  •  October 5, 2010, 10:05am  •  0 vote

Ahoff said: "It is my job as an English teacher to 1) uphold correct grammar and 2) defend the dignity and tradition of the language." Is it? Really? I would have expected your job to be teachin

Re: Afraid not  •  August 23, 2010, 3:25am  •  0 vote

nappidesignm offers this: "Furthermore, American English is often evolving unfortunately becoming more simplified thanks to black culture, I’m afraid." Please explain this comment.

Re: “Anglish”  •  August 19, 2010, 2:25am  •  4 votes

For those only now noticing it, I point out that loan-words have been part of English since its beginnings: Google "Old Norse." If Latin-borrowings "have no flavor, color, or feeling" for you, perh