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Re: Over-use of periods  •  September 6, 2011, 11:38pm  •  2 votes

I. s.a.y. w.e. d.o.n.t u.s.e. e.n.o.u.g.h. p.e.r.i.o.d.s. L.O.L. :)

Re: decapitalize vs. uncapitalize  •  September 6, 2011, 11:35pm  •  1 vote

French uses the verb "décapitalizer." I'm a teacher at a college, and I have seen the term "decapitalize" in textbooks. I suggest that you use this because of the French and the textbooks.

Re: “It is what it is”  •  September 6, 2011, 11:28pm  •  4 votes

Actually, Mr. Are You All Retarded?, why would you waste your time posting if you really thought we were all retarded. Your neediness is obvious, so I just want to let you know that you are safe here

Re: “It is what it is”  •  September 6, 2011, 11:25pm  •  2 votes

@ are you all retarded? Your response is brilliant. So deep and insightful. What a brain you must have!

Re: Team names — singular or plural  •  August 28, 2011, 1:29am  •  5 votes

"Group" is a collective noun. I'm an American, and the following sounds awkward to me: "A group of people are on the attack." But this sounds correct to me: "A group of people is on the att

Re: Can every letter be used as a silent letter?  •  August 28, 2011, 1:02am  •  0 vote

I can't stop laughing about richardpry's pronunciation of "people". I shouldn't laugh, and no one should challenge him on it--an IQ of less that 70 is correlated to his exact pronunciation: "pee-po".

Re: want it that way  •  August 28, 2011, 12:54am  •  1 vote

The lyric is indeed correct as it stands. I suggest that the proper expansion is most likely this: "I want it to be that way."

Re: Right Question For this Answer (about count/rank/order)  •  August 28, 2011, 12:47am  •  0 vote

You can get the response you want by asking this question: What does the following say: 'Manmohan Singh is the Fouteenth Prime Minister of India'?

Re: Over-use of periods  •  August 28, 2011, 12:35am  •  2 votes

Isn't grammar separate from style, and aren't you talking about style, BobH? As I understand it, punctuation falls under the category of style.

Re: On Tomorrow  •  August 27, 2011, 11:11pm  •  1 vote

Pebbles--Just a minor comment on one of the terms you used, "higher-ups". It should actually be "highers-up". Check out the discussion entitled "Someone else's" and look at the comments about the plur

Re: The opposite of “awaken”?  •  August 25, 2011, 9:47pm  •  2 votes

We "fall asleep," so we should "rise awake," right? We "go to sleep" and "come awake," right? And "we get up, stand up, stand up for our rights," so we should "get down, sit down, sit down against our

Re: Littler  •  August 19, 2011, 11:18pm  •  3 votes

It's a good thing that the "non-standard" designation is only important to elitists! Thanks, Fred.

Re: Comma before “respectively”?  •  August 19, 2011, 9:46am  •  5 votes

koam: assertions sigurd: supported assertions

Re: Isn’t the word “feminism” itself gender-biased?  •  August 18, 2011, 3:26pm  •  5 votes

I think dyske is correct. We should also change "support gay rights" to "support preference equality". And we should not support any kind of "immigrant's rights," we should instead fight for a "border

Re: Comma before “respectively”?  •  August 18, 2011, 3:16pm  •  4 votes

Completely serious, koam. Was there something I missed. I always was taught that semicolons are used in lists. That's what I was trying to say. I do have some problems with my brain and face becau

Re: Comma before “respectively”?  •  August 18, 2011, 3:02pm  •  2 votes

I can't believe that everyone is missing the point on this one. The comma should be a semi-colon as the separation is being used for a list. The other basic reason that a semicolon is needed is that i

Re: Canadian pronunciation of “out and about”  •  August 18, 2011, 2:55pm  •  5 votes

I think the big problem in this thread is that Canadians are a bit touchy about having a silly accent. They don't want to be thought of as a bunch of mounties running around saying "ya hoser" to every

Re: Rules for -ise and -ize  •  August 18, 2011, 4:58am  •  2 votes

To clarify, "analyze" is correct because it comes from a different root. "Analyse" is incorrect worldwide, except in Britain, where it is correct. Just remember the following rule: -ise is correct in

Re: semi-colon and colon in one sentence  •  August 18, 2011, 3:57am  •  1 vote

The colon is an emphatic period. Essentially you have two periods at the same time which might as well say, "No really, stop here," whereas a period just says, "Please stop if you wouldn't mind." A se

Re: Past Perfect vs. Past Tense  •  August 18, 2011, 3:48am  •  1 vote

I want to remind everyone that the past perfect was mainly invented to "intensify" the regular past tense. It is more vivid (i.e., the future more vivid tense for example). I can say, "Someone was doi

Re: mines  •  August 18, 2011, 1:50am  •  4 votes

So, kipper, you're saying that it's not a race issue, but and education issue. That would exempt you from any accusation of racism (as would your being black because black people, of course, cannot be

Re: The opposite of “awaken”?  •  August 18, 2011, 1:33am  •  1 vote

Of course it will blend if you blend it. Silly jingen. Stop being such a sillypuss. What I want to know is, will it mix?

Re: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?  •  August 18, 2011, 12:48am  •  2 votes

Yes, Miss Neff, you may say that, but then you must add the word "the." Here is how it would work: "The my writing of books will make me rich." Or, "When I read the your writing of books, I was very c

Re: “Anglish”  •  August 18, 2011, 12:45am  •  0 vote

Sounds like an aspiring lover's list of sample sentences! I wonder what one would get if one asked for one Anglish Muffin. Methinks me will anter a diner and ask them to anlist a cook to prepare one

Re: Actress instead of Actor  •  August 18, 2011, 12:39am  •  6 votes

It's a wonder they let women act at all. Can't they be happy with that?

Re: There was/were a pen and three pencils...  •  August 18, 2011, 12:34am  •  0 vote

Sarcasm will get you nowhere. There is several examples of sound helping with grammar: All of the following is wrong and sounds wrong: "She are a good actress." "He likes the way she say her line

Re: There was/were a pen and three pencils...  •  August 18, 2011, 12:28am  •  1 vote

No, actually scyllacat is correct. Sound is often used in classes to determine the grammatical accuracy of a word or phrase. For example, an instructor sometimes says words in order to explain a gramm

Re: The opposite of “awaken”?  •  August 17, 2011, 9:10am  •  1 vote


Re: The opposite of “awaken”?  •  August 16, 2011, 5:32pm  •  2 votes


Re: Littler  •  August 16, 2011, 5:31pm  •  3 votes

The English say, "I am a bit smarter than you." U. S. of Americans say, "I am a little smarter than you." Both are idiomatic. If someone tells you one is better than the other, you can be sure that sh

Re: On Tomorrow  •  August 16, 2011, 5:26pm  •  5 votes

There is a lot of racism here. Why do you think that white usage is superior to black usage? I assume that many of you also think that ignorant people eat fried chicken and watermelon.

Re: “It is what it is”  •  August 16, 2011, 11:45am  •  7 votes

And be careful about using the acronym, BSL. It may be unintentionally unkind since it includes the letters BS. Those who took Black people as objects of study, and named the language of those studied

Re: “It is what it is”  •  August 16, 2011, 11:39am  •  7 votes

"What it is" is a greeting that was used by African Americans/Blacks in the '70s. It is equivalent to "Hi/Hello", "Good evening", "What's up", etc. "It is what it is" is an entirely unrelated expressi

Re: “It is I” vs. “It is me”  •  August 10, 2011, 9:07am  •  3 votes

The problem is that scholars used to believe that English should resemble classical languages. In Greek and Latin, a nominative complement is used for their "to be" verbs. If one treats the verb "to b

Re: Stood down  •  August 10, 2011, 12:18am  •  2 votes

Hello HairyScot. You are wrong about the definition of "to be stood down." In Canada, as in the antipodes, the phrase is most commonly used to mean "to be in a southerly position relative to one's

Re: Someone else’s  •  August 10, 2011, 12:05am  •  4 votes

I'm ready--say something funny, HaryScot. Do not keep us waiting ;)

Re: Someone else’s  •  August 6, 2011, 1:49pm  •  7 votes

I think you are correct, Scott. English is far more flexible than most people realize, even those who think of themselves as experts in grammar. Thank you for the breath of fresh air. And do not wo

Re: Stood down  •  August 6, 2011, 1:45pm  •  2 votes

Hello hairyscot, You said the following on another post: "The use of phrases like "in America', or "in the US", or "according to Webster's" tends to destroy the credibility of any argument about s

Re: Someone else’s  •  August 6, 2011, 1:16pm  •  11 votes

That's interesting. Do you have an authority to cite, hairyscot, or are you just making stuff up so that you don't have to address the substance of my argument? I find it funny that you think a gramma

Re: Someone else’s  •  July 29, 2011, 3:45pm  •  8 votes

A reformed grammar tyrant myself, I must correct the first line of my previous post. It should read instead, "The justifications of 'passersby' as the proper plural are silly." And I would also like t

Re: Someone else’s  •  July 29, 2011, 3:25pm  •  14 votes

The justifications of "passersby" as the proper plural is silly. I know the grammar tyrants like to think it's correct, but think about the following: the word "playoff" is made up, like "passerby," o