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Joined: July 9, 2011

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Re: “think of” vs. “think to”  •  September 21, 2011, 5:22am  •  0 vote

TerryC, We were taught that "o'clock" meant "of the clock," even though that's not a phrase that makes sense to the American ear. So it was an explanation that fell short... but it's a use of "of

Re: “think of” vs. “think to”  •  September 21, 2011, 5:14am  •  0 vote

TerryC So you're saying a Chav would say "think to," I take it. ("Think to" is something that I'd never heard of until this thread.) But do you think that it pre-dates the Chav? or are Chavs just

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  August 22, 2011, 5:45pm  •  4 votes

In the US, we said Legos all the time.

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  August 22, 2011, 9:34am  •  2 votes

continued... So that when a competitor's product in the future is referred to as LEGO by the media or in other contexts, the company has a paper trail showing that it has vigorously defended its ma

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  August 22, 2011, 7:57am  •  2 votes

The newspaper can do what it wants. The point of the letter is to be on record in protecting the use of the TM...preventing it from becoming genericized due to lack of policing its use.

Re: “think of” vs. “think to”  •  August 22, 2011, 6:09am  •  0 vote

Searching google for the "to" phrase in quotes along with the word "Usage" yields a few results. 1) In Urban Dictionary, it's used as an example in a decidedly British definition and example dialog

Re: Comma before “respectively”?  •  August 22, 2011, 5:59am  •  1 vote

GWU: correct.

Re: Proper use of st, nd, rd, and th — ordinal indicators  •  August 22, 2011, 5:55am  •  0 vote

In the example, the date is an adjective describing which "card." Using the ordinal would be the most correct, I think, but it's optional if you're not trying to be formal. I'd have no problem if the

Re: “think of” vs. “think to”  •  August 22, 2011, 5:51am  •  3 votes

A google search for the second usage, between quotes, turns up over 2 million results. http://www.google.com/search?sourceid=chrome&ie=UTF-8&q=What+do+you+think+to+my#sclient=psy&hl=en&source=hp&q=

Re: LEGOs — Is the Plural form of LEGO incorrect?  •  August 22, 2011, 4:42am  •  2 votes

Using a brand name as a noun isn't grammatically incorrect. But the company may specify how it likes to see the trade name used in print. So colloquially, "Hand me those LEGOs, please," is probably

Re: Comma before “respectively”?  •  August 19, 2011, 5:19am  •  3 votes

essential: nonsense comma: optional

Re: Comma before “respectively”?  •  August 18, 2011, 3:11pm  •  18 votes

Troll or joking?

Re: Comma before “respectively”?  •  August 18, 2011, 6:26am  •  1 vote

IMO "respectively" is not essential, but is used as a formality.

Re: Past Perfect vs. Past Tense  •  August 18, 2011, 6:22am  •  1 vote

The exclamation points are what add "intensity."

Re: Past Perfect vs. Past Tense  •  July 10, 2011, 9:13am  •  0 vote

Cinzia is correct. The original text is ok. "Within seconds, someone was doing something." "Within seconds, someone had done something." Both are possibly true. If the writer wants to convey

Re: Usage rules for adverbs  •  July 10, 2011, 8:22am  •  2 votes

I think that the sticklers for never splitting an infinitive were a few of the very old teachers when I was still very young, and I'm almost 50 now. My guess is that it's just an old rule that fe

Re: Use of “he” for your father  •  July 10, 2011, 8:18am  •  2 votes

go to miss manners. In general, in writing, avoid pronouns when confusion is possible or if the object of the pronoun has not been earlier named in the same paragraph or has not been named recentl

Re: Neither is or neither are  •  July 9, 2011, 3:03pm  •  0 vote

I disagree with ngmacmillan's take based on reasoning stated by Mike and others.