Warsaw Will

Joined: December 3, 2010

Number of comments posted: 1351

Number of votes received: 749

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: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  October 19, 2013, 11:23am  •  0 vote

More on that particular topic here, with particular reference to Inspector Rebus: http://dialectblog.com/2012/11/18/americanized-non-american-novels/

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 19, 2013, 5:39am  •  0 vote

A question for Brus. When discussing language nowadays the Latin word 'corpus' is used a lot; for example most dictionaries are now corpus based. The plural of 'corpus', it seems, is 'corpora'. Are th

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  October 19, 2013, 5:23am  •  2 votes

@steve3 - to which I could reply - backwards full stop. But it doesn't get the discussion very far, does it? @MsPedant - 'he tumbled backward(s)' - I suppose it depends on whether you have more Bri

Re: Complete Sentence  •  October 18, 2013, 5:07am  •  0 vote

A year later, looking at it again, I would have to agree with porsche as to what 'their' refers to - i.e. The Oslo Accords. However, I prefer to deal with complete subjects which make sense, so I'll s

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 18, 2013, 4:57am  •  0 vote

@jayles - are you perhaps thinking of the story where the young Churchill has just been introduced to noun cases, and asks when he should use the vocative and say (the Latin for) 'O, Table', and the L

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 17, 2013, 4:19pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - I realised later that that was probably what you meant, but as you appear on feed readers as 'retired teacher', I had assumed you were much the same generation as me and that you would be fami

Re: in that regard  •  October 17, 2013, 4:00pm  •  0 vote

@HS - it may well make you cringe, but the idiom 'as regards' in your example is certainly not a misuse, although the bare 'regards' is. Rather, 'as regards' is seen as being quite formal: 'as rega

Re: “she” vs “her”  •  October 17, 2013, 3:20pm  •  0 vote

@Linda - I totally agree with you that 'she' sounds off in that context, and I would say 'her' myself, as I'm sure most people would. But I've no doubt there is the odd pedant who will tell you it is

Re: “as” clause and tense  •  October 17, 2013, 3:10pm  •  1 vote

@Markustenhaafus - You could be right, but in the indicative past perfect (or pluperfect) is usually used in conjunction with past simple or past continuous, as it signifies a 'further past'. I agree

Re: As it were  •  October 16, 2013, 1:06pm  •  0 vote

Agreed it's not a present counterfactual, but it's often listed as a subjunctive fixed expression, along with things like: be that as it may, come what may etc http://oxforddictionaries.com/us/defi

Re: in that regard  •  October 16, 2013, 12:53pm  •  0 vote

@HS - I think I probably agree with you, and the reason's not too hard to find: it's far more common, especially in British English, so no doubt sounds more familiar: British National Corpus - that

Re: “as” clause and tense  •  October 16, 2013, 12:27pm  •  4 votes

I agree with Markustenhaafus that the simile refers to general time and doesn't need to agree with the tenses in the main clause, but in that case why use past perfect rather than present perfect in t

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 16, 2013, 12:17pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - 'You can tell from his number XII that he probably wasn't Roman, so that may explain it' - I think I'm missing something here - why does the number 12 tell you he wasn't Roman? However your

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 15, 2013, 1:58pm  •  0 vote

@Brus and Skeeter Lewis - the learned Will did indeed slip up there, and will willingly admit that classics is not his strong point. Brus, I think SK means me, not that playwright chappie. @Brus -

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  October 14, 2013, 12:42pm  •  0 vote

@Nancy N - as far as I remember, the first recorded example of the thing version is from only about ten or twenty years after the 'think' version, so that's quite possible. The 'think' version goes ba

Re: in that regard  •  October 14, 2013, 12:09pm  •  0 vote

@HS - agreed, but it's marked in Oxford Dictionaries Online as "chiefly archaic or Scottish" - I thought you'd prefer to be thought Scottish rather than archaic.:)

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 14, 2013, 7:30am  •  0 vote

And speaking of Latin pronunciation, did Julius Caesar say 'veni, vidi, vici' with a V, or were Sellar and Yeatman (1066 and All That) nearer the mark with their “Weeny, Weedy and Weaky'?

Re: in that regard  •  October 14, 2013, 7:01am  •  0 vote

@HS - "Wow! I certainly got your attention." - because it was an interesting question and you pointed out something that was new to me - the "in that respect / regard" question. I'd known about the pr

Re: Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin  •  October 14, 2013, 6:37am  •  0 vote

@HS - sorry, but who on earth pronounces alias with an 'ah', unless as jayles says, they want to sound like a prat? There's nothing wrong with anglicising Latin words, just as we do with words from ot

Re: in that regard  •  October 13, 2013, 3:00pm  •  1 vote

I think there are two separate points here. Firstly, there’s the use of 'respect' instead of 'regard' in the expression “in this/that respect/regard”. In his (unintentionally) rather amusing 1908 boo

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 12, 2013, 7:46pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - off to bed now so will get back to you later, but of your first group, at first glance I'd say: plummeted - definitely no decreased - yes dropped - definitely no fallen - probably no (

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 12, 2013, 4:05am  •  0 vote

@jayles - I got interested in "(the) injured men" vs "(the) hurt men". Semantically they can be much the same, but the latter seems to me unnatural, and I don't think that paper explains this. I fir

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 12, 2013, 2:32am  •  0 vote

@jayles - it seems that all this stuff about qualia and GL is from theories that Pustejovsky himself has put forward. This might help a bit, but only a bit - http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Generative_le

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 11, 2013, 4:28pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - they come up, but only just - these are real figures, not Google's first page joke ones: 'a told joke' - 59 - maybe 20 at Google Books, nearly all with 'told' in inverted commas 'a sent

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 11, 2013, 11:12am  •  0 vote

@jayles - Unit 82 - I would say sometimes rather than usually: A bit man, a hit dog, a loved woman, a told joke, a made mistake, a sent letter, some done homework? We can probably rule out one syll

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 10, 2013, 3:22pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - OK, I think I see what you're getting at: The players who have been selected will start training today - full sentence (passive) The players selected will start training today - reduced

Re: Misuse of “lay”  •  October 9, 2013, 6:54pm  •  0 vote

@ providencejim - totally agree with you about the sound of the words 'Lay Lady Lay'; 'Lie Lady Lie' just doesn't cut it. And as for the first part of your comment, I of course teach my students the s

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 9, 2013, 6:49pm  •  0 vote

Did I say 'passive mood'? Tush, tush! What I meant, of course, was 'passive voice'.

Re: “We will have ... tomorrow” or “We have ... tomorrow”  •  October 9, 2013, 2:24pm  •  0 vote

@HJMCS - I'm afraid that's not good enough. With a moniker like that, we expect some highfalutin reasoning. (I think something's dangling there, but I really don't care)

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 9, 2013, 2:18pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I'm not really saying that a past participle used as an adjective has a passive meaning, as I prefer to reserve the word passive for the 'passive mood' or similar verb constructions, such as

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  October 8, 2013, 1:31pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I would say all three are valid sentences, but not all necessarily valid extrapolations from your original sentence. I agree with you that B is an adjective and not a passive. And you're

Re: Five eggs is too many  •  October 8, 2013, 11:44am  •  0 vote

@Thredder - Mais ca, c'est pas logique! Pour une personne on a besoin d'au moins deux oeufs, n'est-ce pas? Sorry, but I don't follow your logic. Or am I missing something?

Re: Five eggs is too many  •  October 7, 2013, 4:27am  •  0 vote

@Hairy Scot - I thought you'd gone AWOL! Care to explain (in a language context)?

Re: Idea Vs. Ideal  •  October 6, 2013, 6:38pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - ROFLMAO = Rolling on the floor laughing my ass off - not so much hare-speak as web-speak. No, I didn't know either, but I do have Google. I think we can imagine what the extra S and F might be

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 6, 2013, 12:18pm  •  2 votes

@jayles - I'm certainly not defending business speak. As for PC language, my dictionary defines 'politically correct' as - 'used to describe language or behaviour that deliberately tries to avoid offe

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 5, 2013, 7:55pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - I'm not calling you a snob, but I don't think you realise how these expressions used to be used by the many people who took the the whole thing quite seriously, even while joking about it.

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 5, 2013, 7:01pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - I was brought up on all this U and Non-U stuff and it's just pure snobbery. And sorry, but the very act of calling somebody non-U is also one of snobbery. I know, because I used to think that

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 5, 2013, 7:17am  •  0 vote

@Brus - We've already talked about Nancy Mitford and the whole idea of 'U and Non-U' on another thread, but I'm not sure what calling a serviette a napkin, or the toilet the lavatory (or the loo, or p

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 4, 2013, 7:00pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - Actually, I wrote a blog post about this a couple of years ago, where I warn foreign learners about possible reactions to using business buzzwords, although in a fairly light-hearted way. - ht

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 4, 2013, 6:50pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - I have some sympathy with your views on business speak, witness the question I posted about 'reach out to' meaning to contact (do you include the verb 'contact' in this 'abominable violence pe

Re: gifting vs. giving a gift  •  October 4, 2013, 11:28am  •  0 vote

@Brus - I've no doubt your granny got 'gift' as a verb from Scotland, as the OED refers to its use as a verb as 'chiefly Scottish'. I'm sure Churchill meant 'action' as a noun; I imagine its use as

Re: Misuse of “lay”  •  October 2, 2013, 4:15pm  •  2 votes

@Colin Hammond - Well, there's a blast from the past - from roughly the same period so does Melanie in Lay Down (candles In The Rain), although she does hedge her bets in the chorus - Lay down lay dow

Re: “into” vs “in to” and “onto” vs. “on to”  •  October 2, 2013, 7:15am  •  1 vote

Correction - I've just realised that I made one basic mistake in my explanation. In the examples I gave, there weren't two prepositions, with expressions like 'keep on to', 'hand in to' the first part

Re: “into” vs “in to” and “onto” vs. “on to”  •  October 2, 2013, 6:38am  •  1 vote

@Chris B - I think you're absolutely right about 'everyday' and 'maybe'; you see these sort of things quite a lot in comments columns. And I quite agree that this is probably more of a native-speaker

Re: Misuse of “lay”  •  October 2, 2013, 6:18am  •  1 vote

We could also add 'your arms' to your list. 'This gets a lot of attention in the States especially, where the difference between transitive 'lay' and intransitive 'lie' gets drummed into young people.

Re: “into” vs “in to” and “onto” vs. “on to”  •  October 2, 2013, 5:08am  •  1 vote

I'm minded (reminded) of the famous (for older people in the UK, and fans of Birmingham City Football Club) Harry Lauder WW1 music hall song - 'Keep Right on to the End of the Road'. 'https://www.

Re: “into” vs “in to” and “onto” vs. “on to”  •  October 2, 2013, 4:50am  •  1 vote

I haven't seen confusion between preposition 'to' and infinitive 'to', but as Brus says, that should be easy enough to explain (provided people know what a to-infinitive is). I think Brus's second

Re: Possessive with acromyms ending in S  •  October 1, 2013, 12:18pm  •  0 vote

@Proper Usage - well, specifically in answer to porsche's question, here are a couple of examples: 1. AWS - Amazon Web Services. In a book called Electric Beanstalk, they explain that this is 'one

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  October 1, 2013, 11:36am  •  0 vote

@Chris Beaver - you were unlucky to land on a page where at least two other English teachers are commenting, and I'm sorry if my previous comment was a bit brusque. Apropos your comment on workéd, whe

Re: Substantial vs. substantive  •  September 30, 2013, 1:07pm  •  1 vote

Hi Richard, some words can definitely take both, but I would probably read 'there's substantial evidence against him' as meaning a lot of evidence, and 'there's substantive evidence against him' as me

Re: Why Don’t We Abolish Irregular Verbs and Nouns?  •  September 30, 2013, 12:36pm  •  0 vote

Sorry, one sentence there was badly worded and implied something I didn't mean. I should have said - ' without interference from pedants, roots purists or top-down reformers'

Re: Substantial vs. substantive  •  September 30, 2013, 9:39am  •  0 vote

To put it another way, you can almost always replace 'substantial' with 'large(amount of)' or 'a lot of', and 'substantive' with 'important', as we can see if we look at their main collocates (words

Re: Why Don’t We Abolish Irregular Verbs and Nouns?  •  September 30, 2013, 5:47am  •  1 vote

Probably most languages have irregular verbs, certainly the one I've come across have; this is a natural part of language development, and I don't think you can come up with one all-defining reason. T

Re: Past tense of “text”  •  September 30, 2013, 5:12am  •  1 vote

@Chris Beaver - why on earth 'as an English teacher' would it drive you crazy to hear a verb pronounced in its normal regular way? As an English teacher you will of course know that there are three wa

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  September 29, 2013, 9:46am  •  1 vote

For fans of Steptoe and Son, heard in Series 2, Episode 2 - 'The Bath', first broadcast in January 1963: 'If he thinks I'm going to live under the stairs, he's got another think coming' http://www

Re: O’clock  •  September 26, 2013, 5:01pm  •  0 vote

@Budahust - Why do we say 9.30pm, but not half past nine pm? Or five past ten and twenty to eleven, but six minutes past ten and twenty-one minutes to eleven? These are just some of life's little myst

Re: Most-Populous vs. Most-Populated  •  September 23, 2013, 5:27pm  •  1 vote

@Mani - 'would' has lots of uses apart from in conditionals - here I would say that it softens the statement, makes it a little more tentative - it's often used with words like 'think, imagine, say, s

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 23, 2013, 2:26pm  •  0 vote

'does get a bit of a mention in Fowler's 3rd Edition, where he talks of 'sentence adjectives' - sorry, where the editor R.W.Burchfield talks of ... - Fowler had of course been dead for a long time.

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 23, 2013, 2:24pm  •  0 vote

Hi Jim, I teach foreign students, and in British-based EFL there is absolutely no controversy over sentence adverbs and their use is actively taught. What's more, none of the standard British dictiona

Re: If ... were/was  •  September 23, 2013, 5:00am  •  0 vote

@Brus - you might be interested in my blog post on the subjunctive, where, through the use of tables, layout and colour, I think I've been able to put things more clearly than I have here. It also inc

Re: If ... were/was  •  September 23, 2013, 2:45am  •  0 vote

@jayles - Yes, we don't use present subjunctive much in BrE, except when being very formal, and of course we have some pf the same aspects as we have with the past subjunctive. And that is that many f

Re: If ... were/was  •  September 22, 2013, 5:11pm  •  1 vote

@Brus - thank you for your kind remarks and the fact that, although our views are pretty well diametrically opposed, we manage to keep our discussions fairly civilised. So, before you rush off to t

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 22, 2013, 2:10pm  •  1 vote

Hi Jim, off-topic discussions are often the best. As you say, I used 'importantly' to modify a whole clause rather than a verb, but that is exactly one of the functions of an adverb, which can modify

Re: If ... were/was  •  September 22, 2013, 10:58am  •  0 vote

@Brus - I'm a little confused. In your first comment on the 21st, you said that as a nation we British think that grammar is 'daft' and that 'there is to be found in all too many places a seething res

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 22, 2013, 3:40am  •  0 vote

A bit of clumsy editing as usual - an extra 'of' and a missing 'it'!

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 22, 2013, 3:37am  •  0 vote

Hi Jim (?), from Providence (?) - I agree, technically, it just seems a little cold, as it were. But sorry, what do you mean the passive? There's no passive involved there. I simply used the verb 'be'

Re: If ... were/was  •  September 21, 2013, 8:15pm  •  0 vote

@Brus - the subjunctive has been disappearing from British English for a lot longer than just since the educational reforms of the late sixties. Fowler called it largely moribund in 1926, and Somerset

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 21, 2013, 2:29pm  •  0 vote

Hi providencejim, I don't think my problem is specific to 'simplistic', or is really about semantics; I think it goes for a lot of adjectives in predicative position. For example - 'He suggested a nea

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 21, 2013, 3:28am  •  0 vote

Firstly (It's OK Grammarnut, that's standard in BrE), congratulations everyone on making this thread such a calm and civilised oasis. I would just like to follow up on something I wrote earlier. I fin

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 18, 2013, 5:31pm  •  1 vote

It took you a hell of a long time to work out I was British; I thought 'maths' and my British spelling would have given that away a long time ago. I'll ignore your little dig at the end; I've got sort

Re: Past vs. past perfect  •  September 18, 2013, 4:32pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - I'm not sure that the rest really are a problem, as students might well not use 'if' in their L1 in these circumstances, and I've never had a problem where a student is trying to analyse one

Re: Past vs. past perfect  •  September 18, 2013, 11:58am  •  0 vote

@jayles - Thank you for confirming my suspicions, but why then doesn't that apply to time clauses in 3rd conditional, where we are using a 'real past', not an 'unreal' one? Conditionals cause probl

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 18, 2013, 7:41am  •  0 vote

Just spotted in a piece by David Baddiel at the Guardian: "Three years ago, me and my brother Ivor made a short film for Kick Racism Out of Football called The Y-Word ..." http://www.theguardian

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 18, 2013, 7:04am  •  0 vote

@grammarhack - perhaps I'm too old to have recognised that as hip-hop talk, and as hip-hop came out of black culture, not surprisingly it owes a lot to that culture, just as jive-talk came out of blac

Re: Past vs. past perfect  •  September 18, 2013, 4:44am  •  1 vote

Hi Jasper, this is a weird one, and no, I do mean after, although the action started before. Writing about time clauses on my blog I wrote 'Occasionally we use Past Perfect with before to talk about t

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 18, 2013, 3:58am  •  0 vote

@grammarjack - I don't know what world you live in, but the majority of business correspondence these days is relatively informal (e.g. use of contractions, first names), largely due to the rise in th

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 17, 2013, 4:58pm  •  0 vote

@grammarhack - First of all, thanks for taking the time to read my post. The reason I say ‘maths’ and not ‘math’, incidentally, is because that’s how it’s referred to just about everywhere in the Engl

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 17, 2013, 4:41pm  •  0 vote

@jayles - but what I don't understand is why the name on the RSS reader should be different from that on PITE's page. It's not just you; Brus always appears on my reader as Retired Teacher.

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 17, 2013, 11:03am  •  0 vote

@jayles - I'm confused. When you were just plain jayles, you registered on rss readers as jayles the unwise. And now that you've 'come out' as jayles the unwise, my rss reader is callin you 'jayles th

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 16, 2013, 3:42pm  •  1 vote

@Over50guy - It's always easier to throw out personal insults than put forward a constructive argument, but we're used to something a bit better on this forum. There are a few regulars here who I ofte

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 16, 2013, 7:28am  •  0 vote

Correction - unambiguously

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 16, 2013, 7:24am  •  0 vote

@providencejim - Glad you liked the Stephen Fry video. I hope that what came across is that it is possible to love and enjoy using language without worrying unduly what other people do or say. You mak

Re: He and I, me and him  •  September 16, 2013, 6:19am  •  0 vote

@Over50guy - except that people don't do it consistently with 'I' and "me". Those of us who are happy to say informally "Me and Dave are off to the pub", will almost always say "David and I are going

Re: Past vs. past perfect  •  September 14, 2013, 1:42pm  •  1 vote

Addendum - there's also one type of construction when we can even use past perfect for something that didn't happen *after* the main event - 'And having told him what she thought of him, she left the

Re: Past vs. past perfect  •  September 14, 2013, 1:15pm  •  1 vote

Well we've got three tenses (or forms if you prefer): past perfect - 'hadn't rung' and '(hadn't) banged' past simple - 'was' past continuous - 'was leaning out' The first thing to sort out is

Re: The Term “Foreigner”  •  September 14, 2013, 8:01am  •  0 vote

Correction - in the first paragraph it should read 'the teaching of English to people living in an English-speaking country whose first language isn't English' without a comma. And me a teacher, too!

Re: The Term “Foreigner”  •  September 14, 2013, 7:59am  •  0 vote

@speedwell2 - just on a technical note, ESL (English as a Second Language) usually refers to the teaching of English to people living in an English-speaking country, whose first language isn't English

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 14, 2013, 3:38am  •  0 vote

@providencejim - well, 'each to his ane (own)' as we say in Scotland. For me, whether something is natural idiomatic English weighs in more strongly than logical analysis. No doubt lots of our favouri

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 13, 2013, 8:03pm  •  0 vote

Addendum - Looking at those examples again, I think 'simplistic' on its own sounds fine before a noun - 'a simplistic solution', but seems to be lacking something when used in predicative position aft

Re: “Over-simplistic”  •  September 13, 2013, 7:55pm  •  0 vote

Personally, I have no problem with 'over-simplistic'. Sure, simplistic already means that something has been oversimplified, but it doesn’t really tell us to what degree, so I don’t see why we shouldn

Re: Fora vs Forums  •  September 12, 2013, 3:06pm  •  0 vote

@Cirsium - I'm surprised at your two groups of linguists. Linguists usually observe language use rather than lay down the law about it. And in any case I would say that anyone saying words with forei

Re: “my” vs. “mine” in multiple owner possessive  •  September 12, 2013, 2:28pm  •  0 vote

@ArjSaj - I take your point about Romeo and Juliet's love where we only need one possessive noun when two people have joint possession of something, but I don't think it works for pronouns. Would you

Re: Substantial vs. substantive  •  September 12, 2013, 2:13pm  •  1 vote

@jayles -I'm sure you're right in a more specialist sense, but I think Noel's got it as a more general use, and that's the one dictionaries give: having a firm basis in reality and so important, me

Re: How many “ands” in a row  •  September 8, 2013, 8:15am  •  0 vote

Firstly, this sounds like spoken English to me rather than written language, and I think Cristina knew perfectly well what the questioner meant and was simply having a bit of a joke. And in any case t

Re: couple vs couple of  •  September 2, 2013, 3:46pm  •  6 votes

@ElktoothChain - My idea of descriptivism is that you make your case and support it with examples, not simply insult people and talk down to them. And perhaps say something specifically relevant to th

Re: Pled versus pleaded  •  August 31, 2013, 4:18am  •  0 vote

@Rosewood11 - one small problem, 'pled' doesn't appear in the KJV, whereas 'pleaded' does, three times, two of which could be likened to the legal sense. Blessed be the LORD, that hath pleaded the

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  August 30, 2013, 5:00pm  •  0 vote

@Skeeter Lewis - I think it was a case of partially changing what I'd written and then changing again and not checking it properly, so oops, red face - 'it might matter to jayles and me'

Re: “I’m just saying”  •  August 30, 2013, 1:57pm  •  0 vote

@Nelson - perhaps not authoritative but this might interest you, and seems to agree with what others have said on this thread: 'The origin of “I’m just sayin’” is not clear, but most paths trace it

Re: You’ve got another think/thing coming  •  August 30, 2013, 1:29pm  •  2 votes

@MagicMatt - "So I'm pretty big on correcting other people's grammar when they misspeak." - And you think that's something to be proud of? You make a great play on the fact that the noun is 'though

Re: “The plants were withered” Adjective or passive?  •  August 30, 2013, 12:58pm  •  0 vote

@JJM - It doesn't matter for native speakers in the course of normal conversation or writing. But it might matter to jayles and I as EFL teachers if one of our students asked us to explain. It would a

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