Warsaw Will

Joined: December 3, 2010

Number of comments posted: 1251

Number of votes received: 457

I'm a TEFL teacher working in Poland. I have a blog - Random Idea English - where I do some grammar stuff for advanced students and have the occasional rant against pedantry.

Questions Submitted

fewer / less

Natural as an adverb

tonne vs ton

Tell About

“reach out”

Recent Comments

Re: Pronouncing “mandatory”  •  September 28, 2012, 5:30pm  •  0 vote

@Percy - In British English, I think we stress the first syllable more than the second for both noun and verb, I certainly do, and that's how they're shown in British dictionaries. But I accept that i

Re: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?  •  September 28, 2012, 4:52pm  •  2 votes

@D.A.W - if singular they is so awful, what about singular you, or do say thee and thou? And now apparently, anybody one who doesn't agree with your quaint ideas about how language works is an 'argume

Re: repetitive vs. repetitious  •  September 25, 2012, 3:08pm  •  0 vote

My dictionary agrees with you that repetitious has a mainly negative connotation. But in some contexts so can repetitive. If you say your job or some music is repetitive, I think that's pretty negativ

Re: “We will have ... tomorrow” or “We have ... tomorrow”  •  September 25, 2012, 2:51pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - And so do I, for once. @Hairy Scot - I more or less agree with you, but as Brus says, 'will' suggests a decision at the moment of speaking (or at least that's how we teach it). For intention

Re: “get in contact”  •  September 25, 2012, 2:33pm  •  0 vote

From Macmillan Dictionary - get/keep/stay in contact: Do you and Jo still keep in contact? - seems pretty normal to me, Hairy Scot, although I'd probably say 'in touch' myself. Nothing wrong with

Re: Pronouncing “mandatory”  •  September 25, 2012, 2:00pm  •  0 vote

@Percy - I agree with you about this not having anything to do with pretension. But I think it's fairly easy to see where the regulatory thing came from. In both pairs, mandate / mandatory and regulat

Re: Titled vs. Entitled  •  September 25, 2012, 1:11pm  •  4 votes

@joelackey92 - so what you are basically saying is that the dictionaries have got it all wrong, or as you put it, are struggling with the differences. Is that it? a satire entitled ‘The Rise of the

Re: Table of Content vs Table of Contents  •  September 14, 2012, 2:28pm  •  2 votes

@Thredder - the content of your comment made me equally content, unlike some of the contents of this thread. It certainly seems to be a contentious issue, although I have to say I find that some of th

Re: hanged vs. hung  •  September 14, 2012, 2:01pm  •  3 votes

@Julian Freeman and Sara Malam - I don't know about the US, but in the UK it's exactly the opposite - if you want to sound educated, you follow UKAnon and say somebody hanged themselves, as any (Briti

Re: Table of Content vs Table of Contents  •  September 13, 2012, 1:12pm  •  5 votes

Try googling table of content without inverted commas, and nearly every entry is for table of contents. Use inverted commas to narrow the search, and it comes up with about 3 million to 186 million fo

Re: Not just me who thinks... or Not just me who think... or Not just I who think... or Not just I who thinks...  •  September 12, 2012, 11:35am  •  0 vote

Hi Jasper, maybe just. It's in Google Books, but not much of it is available - if you put this into your address bar, you should be able to see just enough. http://books.google.pl/books?hl=pl&id=e

Re: -ic vs -ical  •  September 12, 2012, 11:07am  •  1 vote

I think you have to look at each pair / trio separately; I don't think you can draw a hard and fast principle that covers all. I agree with Dyske about horrifical and feministical, so let's look at th

Re: mines  •  September 11, 2012, 11:33am  •  0 vote

It's quite common in Scottish dialect - 'Hands off, it's mine's', especially I think with children. And it does have a certain logic, as JJMBallantyne points out. Another one in the west of Scotland i

Re: Oral vs. Aural  •  September 11, 2012, 10:44am  •  0 vote

bkdoc is absolutely right, and they are pronounced exactly the same in British English as well. The pair regularly appear in lists of homophones, such as this one: http://www.bifroest.demon.co.uk/misc

Re: Not just me who thinks... or Not just me who think... or Not just I who think... or Not just I who thinks...  •  September 11, 2012, 10:36am  •  1 vote

Sorry, me again, but I have just found this in Practical English Usage, by Michael Swan: A different kind of first- and second-person reference is common in the relative clauses of cleft sentences.

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  September 7, 2012, 10:06am  •  3 votes

@Methatica - you're obviously more imaginative than me; I doubt I could manage five.:) Except as I live in Poland, I would have to say 'I sent you an SMS'; text is not really used much in internationa

Re: Idea Vs. Ideal  •  September 6, 2012, 1:39pm  •  0 vote

I'd never realised that a PhD in Computer Science made you an expert on English, effing or otherwise. In any case you seem to be pretty well alone in your correctness. Google has precisely 9 hits for

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  September 6, 2012, 1:25pm  •  1 vote

@Methatica - I totally agree with you that one of the joys of the English language is that it is organic, but the underlying principles don't change so much. There are precisely twelve active tenses,

Re: Younger vs. youngest  •  September 4, 2012, 12:29pm  •  0 vote

@Dean Harris - did you actually read anything John, goofy, mighty red pen and Logan said? Or follow up on their references? - here is a link for MWDEU to make it easy - http://books.google.pl/book

Re: He was sat  •  September 4, 2012, 12:03pm  •  0 vote

Just heard on BBC Radio 4 'Just a minute', where the contestants are pretty hot on the use of language - from comedienne Sue Perkins - 'When nobody's looking, I like to watch Graham [Norton] sat at a

Re: “As per ....”?  •  September 2, 2012, 10:16am  •  0 vote

@neilmac - 'with most contributors taking a prescriptive, if not disdainful and opinionated stance' - which is pretty well par for the course on PITE. Or should I have said - as per usual? There's non

Re: Not just me who thinks... or Not just me who think... or Not just I who think... or Not just I who thinks...  •  September 2, 2012, 10:06am  •  0 vote

Sorry, forget the examples with 'person' - that's 3rd person singular any way. I was getting the antecedent confused with the subject. I should have said: Is it only me who is going to do anything abo

Re: Not just me who thinks... or Not just me who think... or Not just I who think... or Not just I who thinks...  •  September 2, 2012, 10:01am  •  2 votes

I think Jasper is spot on for the first part, although the 'I' version sounds very stilted to me. In Google Books there are slightly more occurrences of 'is it only I who' than 'is it only me who'. Yo

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 28, 2012, 12:00pm  •  0 vote

second slip - il n'y a aucun problème not aucune

Re: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.  •  August 28, 2012, 9:44am  •  0 vote

@Wellid - I think you're probably new here, at least as a commenter. AnWulf and Brus have, admittedly, pretty idiosyncratic (and opposite) ideas about English, and I tend to disagree with just about

Re: “while” adverb or conjunction?  •  August 28, 2012, 9:15am  •  0 vote

@EnglishTeacherTimothy - nearly full marks, except for the slip of the finger in the penultimate paragraph (second sentence), and is 'not' really a conjunction? Methinks not! Do people still talk abou

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 28, 2012, 9:00am  •  0 vote

A slip of the finger as usual - it's Varsovie, of course, not Varosovie.

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 28, 2012, 8:57am  •  0 vote

@Brus - All three candidates for prime minister at the last election, in other words the leaders of the three main UK parties, David Cameron, Ed Miliband and Nick Clegg. I suppose that 'none of them h

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 27, 2012, 11:18am  •  1 vote

Correction - I should have said modals have no person or number - they can occasionally express tense, or at least time. @Jasper - the sentence I quoted was said by all three candidates before the

Re: Someone else’s  •  August 27, 2012, 10:49am  •  1 vote

When it comes to compound nouns, you can see some general principles, as have been discussed above, but there are many exceptions. You simply cannot draw up a hard and fast rule which covers everythin

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 27, 2012, 10:29am  •  1 vote

@Brus - Thanks for visiting my website. I don't think I understand your first point. I clearly said that 'was' is indicative, but that 'were' for 1st and 3rd persons singular is subjunctive (all other

Re: Whom are you?  •  August 24, 2012, 9:12am  •  0 vote

@Jasper - No need to aplogise. I think in the end it comes down to personal choice. If people want to use 'whom', in places where it's not necessary that's fine by me, even if it sounds unnatural to m

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 24, 2012, 8:47am  •  2 votes

@Brus - The subjunctive is not a modal, it is a Mood, which is a very specific grammatical form which I outlined above.It has nothing to do with the normal meaning of mood. Modal is shorthand for moda

Re: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.  •  August 23, 2012, 2:17pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - just noticed something you said. British people virtually never refer to themselves as Britons. This is mainly used by newspapers and to talk of the ancient Britons.

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 23, 2012, 2:10pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - except that, for many of us, especially in the UK, the subjunctive is largely dead. And this is only the natural conclusion of a process that has been going on in English for centuries. Many e

Re: Whom are you?  •  August 23, 2012, 1:40pm  •  2 votes

@Jasper - I know the - 'if it's him, it must be whom test' - the only problem is that it is totally out of touch with reality. Yes, 'Whom does the new tax proposal really benefit' is correct in formal

Re: He was sat  •  August 23, 2012, 1:17pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - innit? From you? I'm truly shocked! It's OK I know you're only joking. In the UK we say 'sit' or 'take' a test or exam, but I don't think I've ever heard 'write' an exam in BrE. It's my impres

Re: He was sat  •  August 23, 2012, 2:05am  •  0 vote

@Jackie - Are you sure 'which' is disappearing in 'international speak'? My students almost never use 'that' instead of 'which' as a relative pronoun as the different uses of 'which' in English coinc

Re: He was sat  •  August 23, 2012, 1:45am  •  0 vote

Correction - 'for example' should read 'such as'

Re: He was sat  •  August 23, 2012, 1:42am  •  0 vote

@Brus & @Jackie - unfortunately I have to agree wholeheartedly with you Brus. I didn't read Jackie's post properly (for which I apologise Jackie) and started barking up the wrong tree about 'like', wh

Re: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.  •  August 23, 2012, 1:06am  •  0 vote

@Brus = 'nuff said (if you'll excuse the colloquialism). But to get back to expat. English pubs and Irish pubs (which rarely have much to do with Ireland) in other countries are not the same as expat

Re: He was sat  •  August 22, 2012, 10:05am  •  0 vote

@Jackie- the use of 'like' as a filler is nothing new. I'm of the hippy generation, and we used it a lot back in the late sixties. I was listening to an old radio comedy, Beyond Our Ken, from 1961 on

Re: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.  •  August 22, 2012, 9:25am  •  0 vote

@Brus - I didn't think you were criticising me for being British; we may have our disagreements, but I know you're not that bad. Of course all of us indulge in attacking each other's arguments, but I

Re: He was sat  •  August 21, 2012, 9:45am  •  0 vote

@Arthur - I do apologise for mispelling your name there. And it's not as though e is anywhere near u on the keyboard, so I don't even have that excuse. Sorry.

Re: He was sat  •  August 21, 2012, 9:43am  •  0 vote

@Brus - who said anything about teaching foreigners 'who was sat'. I'm a TEFL teacher, and of course I wouldn't do that, just as I don't teach them ultra formal expressions like 'He is taller than I',

Re: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.  •  August 20, 2012, 3:00pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - that was a bit personal, wasn't it?

Re: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.  •  August 20, 2012, 11:54am  •  0 vote

@Jackie - English English? Are you excluding the rest of us who share these isles. But I do agree with you about the exclamation mark. @Frightful - Nice one. Out of interest, did you also add aitches

Re: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.  •  August 20, 2012, 11:40am  •  0 vote

@ Nick - I (also a Brit) totally agree, both on pronunciation and meaning. I just checked it in The Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary and was rather surprised not to find it under hoy, thinking oi

Re: He was sat  •  August 19, 2012, 10:50am  •  0 vote

@Brus - you've changed your tune slightly - now you're saying - 'But you cannot really get away in formal English with saying "I was sat" unless it is clear who sat you there'. No contest. It's not u

Re: He was sat  •  August 19, 2012, 10:38am  •  0 vote

I've been thinking about the use (admittedly formal) of 'seated' from the verb 'seat' as in expressions such as 'Please be seated.' and from the Catholic version of the Apostles' Creed - 'and [he] is

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  August 19, 2012, 6:33am  •  2 votes

Sorry, that should have read - All regular verbs whose base form ends in T or D sound the 'ed' syllable

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  August 19, 2012, 5:54am  •  2 votes

@Ruthyphro - we are not actually discussing the past participle, we are discussing the past simple or preterite. But as a new verb (in the SMS meaning at least), and so regular, admittedly the preteri

Re: He was sat  •  August 19, 2012, 5:22am  •  0 vote

@goofy - you've nearly convinced me, but both 'situated' and 'done' are listed in my dictionary as adjectives, but you can't say 'very situated' or 'very done', can you? And can't we use participles a

Re: He was sat  •  August 18, 2012, 11:27am  •  1 vote

@Brus - I think you mean run and flown, both past participles. And we do indeed have something vaguely similar with run. 'She's run off her feet today', 'He's a bit run down at the moment' - Nobody ra

Re: He was sat  •  August 18, 2012, 8:02am  •  0 vote

@Arthur - This use of 'sat' and 'stood' is idiomatic, so reeling off the standard tense system doesn't make a lot of sense. The proof of which is that this idiomatic use is very limited, it only occur

Re: Pled versus pleaded  •  August 17, 2012, 2:44pm  •  1 vote

@Brus and @D.A.Wood. As a Briton who regularly says 'the government are' and 'singular they' - 'If anybody has a question, they should put their hand up', I'd like to say that it has nothing to do wit

Re: always wanted to be  •  August 16, 2012, 3:03pm  •  0 vote

As she most obviously is an author the present perfect version ('has always wanted') doesn't make an awful lot of sense, unless it was taken from some interview with her before her first book was publ

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  August 16, 2012, 2:29pm  •  5 votes

@Bart - Fascinated to know where you did your research. I've just checked ten dictionaries, and 'text' is listed as a verb in all but one of them. In any case we also have the noun 'texting', which as

Re: He was sat  •  August 16, 2012, 1:55pm  •  0 vote

Seeing some people want to try and analyse this from a grammatical point of view, how about this: we use a lot of adjectives that have been formed from the past participles of verbs - interested, tire

Re: Farther/Further?  •  August 16, 2012, 7:31am  •  0 vote

In the UK most of us use 'further' for everything, as Fowler, who disapproved of this new rule, predicted. For more details, you can read my post: http://random-idea-english.blogspot.co.uk/2011/10

Re: Latest vs. Newest  •  August 13, 2012, 3:11pm  •  0 vote

@Les R - Being British, I was as surprised as you, but I think you missed something - they are only interchangeable for the meaning 'make certain that something happens'. What's more, not all American

Re: “This is she” vs. “This is her”  •  August 13, 2012, 11:31am  •  3 votes

As has been said above, the verb 'be' is a copular or linking verb, so doesn't take an object, but what is variously called a subject complement or subject predicate, just as they take predicative adj

Re: Latest vs. Newest  •  August 13, 2012, 10:38am  •  0 vote

@Les R flat - apartment. Boot and bonnet are both to do with cars, boot - trunk, bonnet - hood. But surprisingly he may have a point about 'ensure'. It's not a Briticism, but the insistence on dif

Re: Latest vs. Newest  •  August 11, 2012, 6:56am  •  1 vote

Sorry I gave the wrong reference for Merriam-Webster. It should have been: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/blog.php?action=ViewBlogArticle&ba_id=86 @Jeremy Wheeler - not to mention UK parliame

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  August 11, 2012, 5:18am  •  1 vote

@Perfect Pedant and DAW - except most of it's tosh - modals have nothing to do with the subjunctive - except in German. if you want to compare English to Romance languages, for examples - 'would' and

Re: Latest vs. Newest  •  August 11, 2012, 4:45am  •  0 vote

@D.A.W. 2. you haven't actually answered my question: the latest Star Trek movie or the newest Star Trek movie? 3. "As for those lazy dog writers who do this anyway, let's stamp them out like elep

Re: Latest vs. Newest  •  August 11, 2012, 4:21am  •  0 vote

@D.A.Wood - a few links about using nouns as adjectives for you, although I know you'll completely ignore them: http://www.learnersdictionary.com/blog.php?action=ViewBlogArticle&ba_id=33 http://ww

Re: “all but” - I hate that expression!  •  August 10, 2012, 7:47pm  •  1 vote

'But' to mean 'except' has a long history - 'There but for the grace of God, go I' - 'I had no choice but to sign the contract'. - so, as others have said, the literal meaning of 'all but' is pretty c

Re: Latest vs. Newest  •  August 10, 2012, 7:00pm  •  2 votes

@D.A.Wood - Just in case you can remember what your original question was, would you say the 'latest' Start Trek movie (you seem to be a fan) or the 'newest' Star Trek movie. If something is part of a

Re: Titled vs. Entitled  •  August 10, 2012, 8:12am  •  3 votes

@D.A.W. Wood - I 'dug back into the 14th century' because thebestcook seemed to think that 'entitled' was a recent interloper, when in fact it was the older word for this meaning. I wasn't disparaging

Re: Titled vs. Entitled  •  August 8, 2012, 1:49pm  •  3 votes

Both meanings are acceptable according to Oxford Dictionaries Online. And Online Etymology Dictionary gives the meaning of 'to give a title to a chapter or book' as actually being older (14th C) than

Re: I’ve no idea  •  April 21, 2012, 4:49pm  •  1 vote

With 'have (got) to', it seems to me to depend on the surrounding words. I (BrE) am more likely to say I've got to go', than 'I've to go', but 'I've to be there at eight' sounds fine. Similarly I'

Re: I’ve no idea  •  April 13, 2012, 1:45pm  •  6 votes

Can't see why any reason to think it's wrong. Here's an example sentence given in Oxford Advanced Learner's Dictionary - ‘What's she talking about?’ ‘I've no idea.’ And there are plenty of examples of

Re: me vs. myself  •  December 31, 2011, 3:34am  •  0 vote

Goofy has nailed it: it's a style issue rather than a grammatical issue. Burchfield, writing in "The New Fowler's" quoted from a booklet he himself had written: "This booklet results from ... ( a stu

Re: ye, yer, yers  •  December 31, 2011, 3:15am  •  0 vote

My final comment: I'm interested in the real world of how modern standard English works. To me, that is fascinating enough without getting into the realm of if's and but's. The 'game' - Although your

Re: ye, yer, yers  •  December 30, 2011, 2:06pm  •  0 vote

@Sigurd - Not only is an official change unlikely in the near future, it is impossible; there is no official authority to make that decision, thank God. And even if there was one, do you think they'd

Re: ye, yer, yers  •  December 27, 2011, 9:59am  •  0 vote

@Sigurd - OK, I'm sorry for the last part; I was thinking of the business with ‘Loxley’s Robin’, A Loxley’s townsman and an Arc’s townswoman'. I'm afraid I still don't find these natural English, and

Re: ye, yer, yers  •  December 26, 2011, 4:28pm  •  1 vote

@Sigurd - 'impoverished'? Ask a young French person how they should address an elder cousin, for example: tu or vous? - It's not even always clear to them. I think they'd be quite glad to have our lac

Re: Really happy or real happy  •  December 18, 2011, 12:52pm  •  2 votes

@Douglas.Bryant - I'll leave the 'real' stuff to you Americans. As a speaker of standard BrE, I'm not really qualified to comment, as I think this is mainly an American usage. In standard BrE it's qui

Re: Exact same  •  December 15, 2011, 11:51am  •  0 vote

Merriam-Webster Dictionary of English Usage: "The part of speech of 'exact' in 'exact same' is of secondary importance'. - (Incidentally they think it's better regarded as an adjective being used wit

Re: “I’ve got” vs. “I have”  •  December 12, 2011, 2:28pm  •  1 vote

@HairyScot - I totally agree with you that 'I've got' has exactly the same meaning as 'I have' (and that's where you'll find it in the dictionary) and that porsche has got it wrong here. But 'I've

Re: make it work  •  December 10, 2011, 4:54pm  •  0 vote

A couple of interesting things in Chris's comment. I had mentioned the three causative verbs which were the exception to the 'to' infinitive norm: 'let', 'make' and 'have'. I'd forgotten about 'help',

Re: make it work  •  December 7, 2011, 1:37pm  •  1 vote

Your initial instinct is right. We have lots of so-called causative verbs which take an object plus second verb in the infinitive, eg - tell somebody to do something - that second verb never changes -

Re: ...ward/s and un...worthy  •  December 6, 2011, 10:24am  •  0 vote

@Hacovo - I'll go with you half-way. Praise I think has to be a noun, after all you yourself said 'worthy of praise', not worthy of praising, and after 'of' we need a noun or gerund. But I'll give you

Re: ...ward/s and un...worthy  •  December 3, 2011, 7:09am  •  0 vote

@sigurd - we are not saying you can't do it, but in your apparent enthusiasm for stretching the uses of certain grammatical forms of English, especially with your previous question, you often seem to

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  December 2, 2011, 1:41pm  •  1 vote

I really don't see that 'in regards to' has any connection at all with the backward(s)/forward(s) issue, which is one of different usage between BrE and AmE. In contrast, 'in regards to' seems to be m

Re: ...ward/s and un...worthy  •  December 2, 2011, 12:30pm  •  0 vote

@sigurd - this might interest you - http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/Category:English_words_suffixed_with_-worthy As you yourself point out, -worthy words are almost all based on nouns - airworthy, pr

Re: “Me neither.” or “Me either”  •  December 2, 2011, 5:08am  •  1 vote

I go with the general flow: 'me neither' is absolutely standard spoken English, but there are (formal) occasions when 'neither do I' would be more appropriate. But my main concern is 'me either', beca

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  December 2, 2011, 4:57am  •  0 vote

GrammarBook.com's rule is supported by several expert websites, for example: Prof Paul Brians at Common Errors; and writing support websites at Towson University, Wisconsin University and the Universi

Re: Had he breakfast this morning?  •  December 2, 2011, 4:31am  •  1 vote

@Hacovo - No wrath incited. For me there is a difference in meaning. In British English, at least, 'starving' just means very hungry. 'God, I'm starving. What's for supper?', but 'starved' is rather s

Re: When “one of” many things is itself plural  •  December 2, 2011, 4:20am  •  1 vote

@Hacovo - Thanks for the comment. Just on the crowd, team thing, there is a difference between American and British usage here, as has been mentioned on other posts. Americans tend to prefer formal ag

Re: When “one of” many things is itself plural  •  November 28, 2011, 2:07pm  •  0 vote

Thanks Ing and JAC for confirming my thoughts. I had written it (with 'is') without thinking and then thought it looked a little odd. I realised later that one way round is to reverse it: There are

Re: Semicolon and omission of repetitive words  •  November 27, 2011, 6:35am  •  0 vote

Sorry, that wasn't of course an appositive; I was obviously trying to be too clever. Hoist with my own petard, perhaps. But the idea is still the same.

Re: Semicolon and omission of repetitive words  •  November 27, 2011, 6:15am  •  0 vote

@nigel - “To err is human; to forgive, divine” - Sigurd was directly quoting the poet Alexander Pope, from his Essay On Criticism (1711), and punctuated it exactly as in the original. http://www.ourc

Re: “with the exception of” or “with the exceptions of”  •  November 27, 2011, 3:35am  •  0 vote

@Everybody else - Sorry, this is off topic, but there are some language points, vaguely. @Hairy Scot - Thanks for visiting my blog, and having a good look round. Of course we all have our pet pe

Re: “went missing/gone missing”?  •  November 27, 2011, 2:47am  •  0 vote

@Nancy - if you had said in American English, you might have had a point, as this expression seems to grate over there. But in my branch of the English language (BrE), it is an absolutely normal expre

Re: ...ward/s and un...worthy  •  November 27, 2011, 2:28am  •  0 vote

-wards - If you can have skyward/s (which is in the same dictionary), I see no reason why you can't, in theory, have sunward/s.(And in fact it's in the Free Dictionary). Anthony Trollope used the word

Re: Interchangeability of possessive “s” and “of”  •  November 26, 2011, 1:04am  •  0 vote

Goofy's examples and descriptions all come from the work of a certain Fries, quoted in MWDEU (p 474). There are couple of things I find interesting here: nearly all the examples sound more natural

Re: Interchangeability of possessive “s” and “of”  •  November 25, 2011, 10:05am  •  0 vote

Sorry, obviously a typo - tend to argue - but I better correct it before New Reader jumps in.

Re: Interchangeability of possessive “s” and “of”  •  November 25, 2011, 10:02am  •  0 vote

@goofy - Point taken, although I'd include 'Terry Pratchett's latest book' as possession - Terry Pratchett has a new book out'. But I don't think that really makes any difference to the examples Sigur

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