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I came upon this on their website: “The Senior Management Te...

Plural forms of words borrowed from Latin

The Latin plural for neuter nouns ends -a  (in the nomi...

“into” vs “in to” and “onto” vs. “on to”

Something has happened to the spellings of “into, onto” and ...

“further” vs. “farther”

Is there a difference between “further” and “farther”? David...

He was sat

Is the dialect expression “He was sat ...” in place of “He w...

“If I was” vs. “If I were”

“If I was the Prime Minister. ...” said Ed Miliband, British...

What happened to who, whom and whose?

Has the English relative pronoun ‘who/whom/whose’ been banne...

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Ag, Zee! I thought my little offering was impenetrable, but ...

on: On Tomorrow

Ag pleez! I grew up in South Africa where the wonderful spee...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

No, no, you're wrong. It is pronounced "RAY-zoom-ay" and i...

on: Actress instead of Actor

An actress I know told me the answer is that actors are se...

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Oh please!! (exasperated tone). You do not need a Ph.D. or a...

on: Hi all vs. Hi everybody

Well, Saeed, that was a most eloquent and valuable contribut...

on: Computer mouses or computer mice?

Actually not back from travels as I am in northern Laos in a...

on: Computer mouses or computer mice?

MOUSE given it's name? Oh dear, you let yourself down there....

on: “I’m just saying”

Thanks for those typing tips, W.Will. My keyboard, sadly, do...

on: “I’m just saying”

This is an expression used to pad out the otherwise empty ...

on: It is you who are/is ...

Oh no! Horrors! Did I write "It is me who ..." ? Too many ...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

"...pronounced diferrently than the spelling indicates..." -...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

I quote you: "I realize I have tread ...". In England we say...

on: On Tomorrow

Leezie, of course you are right. These phrases are colloquia...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

'Truth Whisperer' suggested in July that 'To spell or pronou...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

Well you're wrong. The dictionary has it as pronounced: résu...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

I was quoting Jasper: "I'd simply add the word still: "If...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Okay W Will, I go along with what you say. I dispute none of...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

or indeed none of them had been prime minister, surely? D...

on: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.

AnWulf: I thank you for your most lucid exposition of the ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

She insists / proposes (that) he should pay for the meal is ...

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W Will thanks for all that very detailed information. I m...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

"Irrealis modality is a modality that connotes that the prop...

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W Will - Norman Mailer a model of Standard English usage? I ...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Hello Evelyn You ask for advice: ", i have to make a spee...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

OK, Layman, the way to get it right is to remember that ...

on: He was sat

W Will, I think Jackie's point about "like" in place of "a...

on: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.

W. Will, I apologise if I have offended you by quoting ...

on: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.

Sorry, Jackie, but to get back to the point of this area of ...

on: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.

Odd? Old fashioned? Yes - what's wrong with that? Scot...

on: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.

W Will - not in the slightest personal, no, not at all. Brit...

on: He was sat

Arthur - you are quite right: if you allow "he was sat" you ...

on: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.

I like "hey" when used as a friendly greeting - the tone o...

on: He was sat

"Brus, however past participles might behave in Latin is irr...

on: He was sat

Er, I said run and flown, no? I like your argument, Warsa...

on: He was sat

Sat and stood do indeed rank with ran and flown. The implica...

on: Pled versus pleaded

DA Wood: Fanshawe is the pronunciation among the cognoscenti...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

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on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

DA Wood: "Well, let's endeavor to stamp out as many (excepti...

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goooofy says that there is a "long-standing custom" to use "...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

Jasper's remarks: 'Popular? One day ..?' Is that not what...

on: He was sat

Excellent news, Chloe. As I said before, I think, the firs...

on: It is you who are/is ...

You say it should be "It's you who is wrong" but I disagree:...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

Hey! I never complained about the name Webster. I just said ...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

Is that so? Oh dear. Oh well, never mind....

on: Pled versus pleaded

I see you are a Trekkie, DA Wood. Does this mean you have an...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

I thought the sloppy use of "their" to refer to singular p...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Maybe that is why she is a customer service representative....

on: Pled versus pleaded

South African courts "plead / pleaded" or "ploeg / geploeg" ...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Wikipedia says of the AP Stylebook that "for nearly a quarte...

on: He was sat

Your speech-making headmaster was, I think, trying to curr...

on: Resume, resumé, or résumé?

The French word has acute accents on both letters e. It mean...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

Webster's was mentioned in song by Bing and Bob, who at the ...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

I read in today's UK Sunday Telegraph this account in that p...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Thanks, Hairy Scot, for the warning about petty whatever you...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

Something like this appeared in the newspaper in England thi...

on: Use of “their” as a genderless singular?

The notion that "they" is gender-free is bandied about a b...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Transitive and intransitive do not come into it. You can ple...

on: “We will have ... tomorrow” or “We have ... tomorrow”

Present tense: ‘we have a cricket tournament tomorrow.’ This...

on: Pled versus pleaded

So strongly in agreement with you, Hairy Scot, that I didn't...

on: Pled versus pleaded

What? You mystify me. I am baffled by your latest contributi...

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"English does not have capital letters. The script it uses h...

on: Verb, the process of being

mykhailo discusses gerunds: <blockquote><strong>gerund</st...

on: Verb, the process of being

"He is sleeping". Sleeping is an action verb, although there...

on: “It is I” vs. “It is me”

I have found this one in the archives: I quote: "English has...

on: “It is I” vs. “It is me”

It is suggested "Oh, and perhaps it would help if we tried t...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Spiceman had some thoughts on April 24: ""It is hig...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

So, jayles "It is high time you went to bed" is not past...

on: “If I was” vs. “If I were”

Hey, Hairy Scot: "the Scots tend to be more grammatically ...

on: “It is I” vs. “It is me”

45 years ago, one night, my housemaster (teacher person in...

on: Pled versus pleaded

An excellent brief introduction to the settlers of the eas...

on: Pled versus pleaded

"Philadelphia" comes from a Greek phrase, but I think that i...

on: Pled versus pleaded

""We have a pharmaceutical company in the U.S. that uses the...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Great history lesson, DAW, and very interesting esoteric inf...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Thank you for all that, DA Wood. Very interesting indeed....

on: Pled versus pleaded

Tuscaloosa. Still sounds great for that song, "Pardon me, bo...

on: Pled versus pleaded

It seems Toosaloosa is a kind of garment or clothing, and no...

on: Pled versus pleaded

DA Wood: you have today written this in your lengthy and mul...

on: Pled versus pleaded

"IBM are...", "The Parliament are...", even "The corporation...

on: Pled versus pleaded

"Everyone deserves our best." I hope they pleaded not guilty...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Porsche, I agree with you entirely, until the last few lin...

on: Pled versus pleaded

D.A. Wood makes a most interesting point about the gender of...

on: Pled versus pleaded

'In North American English, "that" is a perfectly-good subor...

on: Pled versus pleaded

That criticism of spell-checker is well made. These tools ar...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Most words in English that have a gender use the gender that...

on: On Tomorrow

To clarify, I mean that 'subordinate' (people) are not, by d...

on: On Tomorrow

"...people that are subordinate to those whom they take issu...

on: It is you who are/is ...

"Who would of thought" ...? "Would of" !!? "Who would ...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Hi there, D A Wood. Now, I think you need a wee rest a...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Yes, DAW. That's what she was implying, was it? Oh dear....

on: Pled versus pleaded

Is that right, D A Wood? Well, at least I have never trie...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Porsche, you suggest "the castaways found a jet pack that th...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Aye, D.A., ye're fair going your dinger the nicht, as we say...

on: Pled versus pleaded

Horrified to read "the beach that the Air Force had lost."...

on: On Tomorrow

Today, tomorrow and yesterday: no preposition. Days...

on: Pronunciation of “Nova Scotia”

I am not quarrelling with Nova (as you say, it is Latin, a...

on: Correct way to omit words?

If you are criticised for leaving words out in what is a w...

on: Pronunciation of “Nova Scotia”

Nova Scotia = New Scotland. Old Scots word for Scotland: S...

on: The use of “hey” in place of “hello”.

I really like "hey" and "hi" and all those American terms ...

on: of a

Stand back, Mediator. He's got him on the ropes. How much of...

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