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Re: all _____ sudden  •  December 19, 2011, 6:50pm  •  0 vote

Wilkie Collins uses "all on a sudden" in The Woman in White. Check it out on Google. Use Google and search "books" using the term "all on a sudden". Google will correct your search to "all of a sudden

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  December 1, 2011, 4:22pm  •  0 vote

People take grammar too seriously. I've heard the following comments from want-to-be experts recently: "and" should never be used after a colon; "but" is a word that should never follow a semicolon; a

Re: injecting swear words  •  November 27, 2011, 11:21am  •  0 vote

tmesis is correct. it is a type of pleonasm.

Re: Resume, resumé, or résumé?  •  November 27, 2011, 11:15am  •  0 vote

how about abandoning the accent thing and spell it with English phonetics--rayzoomay, or perhaps, rezoomay

Re: eg, e.g., or eg.  •  November 19, 2011, 7:10pm  •  6 votes

It's actually spelled "egg".

Re: “If I was” vs. “If I were”  •  November 11, 2011, 4:23pm  •  1 vote

I can't believe that no one has mentioned the fact that the subjunctive is only a mood. It is a matter of whether one would like to sound sophisticated or not. If you want to sound classy, you say "if

Re: “8 inches is” or “8 inches are”  •  November 2, 2011, 5:06pm  •  0 vote

AnWulf, one of the model questions you use is the following: "What is the distance between two points in inches?" Margaret's dilemma may be solved by giving one of the following responses: 1) "The dis

Re: “American”  •  November 1, 2011, 8:59pm  •  0 vote

If you want to be sensitive to the PC police among us who believe that someone is offended every time a person uses "American" to refer to a resident of the US, then by all means, please, say "United

Re: “8 inches is” or “8 inches are”  •  November 1, 2011, 8:51pm  •  2 votes

Yes, the context is extremely important. It's the same thing with the word "team". When you are talking about the individual players, you say, "The team are each putting on their cleats". When you are

Re: “It is what it is”  •  October 27, 2011, 5:09pm  •  0 vote

That's true, it is Irish. I looked it up on a site this morning that said it was Irish. Thanks for the vivid dialogue, Adam.

Re: “It is what it is”  •  October 26, 2011, 4:35pm  •  1 vote

That's a classic comment, Adw! People have been saying that about the younger generation for centuries! Haha! You're a living illustration of the fact that things never change.

Re: attorneys general vs. attorney generals  •  October 25, 2011, 4:04pm  •  0 vote

correction--should read "...with an adjective (general)."

Re: attorneys general vs. attorney generals  •  October 24, 2011, 6:33pm  •  2 votes

Actually, it's Majors General. It's the same as attorneys general. Both are pluralized nouns (attorneys/majors) with adjectives (major/general).

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  October 24, 2011, 6:29pm  •  0 vote

Correct, a conjunction is not needed, as you say, dogreed, but it may be used WITH a conjunction.

Re: It is you who are/is ...  •  October 20, 2011, 3:43pm  •  0 vote

It is I who eats ...; it is they who drink ...; it is we who am.

Re: It is you who are/is ...  •  October 20, 2011, 3:42pm  •  0 vote

It is we who am ...; it is you who art ...; it is she who am ...

Re: It is you who are/is ...  •  October 20, 2011, 3:41pm  •  0 vote

It is you who am ...; it is I who are ...; It is he who art

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  October 20, 2011, 3:39pm  •  3 votes

It seems, dogreed, that sigurd got the info from a website, and not from a book; and, therefore, there will be no role for a receipt. The information on the website is absolutely correct. Like all

Re: “It is what it is”  •  October 20, 2011, 3:28pm  •  0 vote

providencejim is right. It comes from the eastern coast of the U.S. The origin is seen in the following typical exchange: Guy #1: Damn, dat girl's got a bangin' body! Guy #2: But 'er face! So

Re: “It is what it is”  •  October 16, 2011, 6:13am  •  0 vote

I would be concerned about the legality of posting something from the New York Times here without permission. I think that could lead to trouble for both the blog owner and the poster--be careful!

Re: “It is what it is”  •  October 16, 2011, 6:06am  •  0 vote

Ce n'est pas du tout fin, mon ami, William Safire. And to say "c'est fin," as Christ did on the cross (though of course he didn't use French) seems a bit much, now, doesn't it? But thanks for the last

Re: cannot vs. can not  •  September 29, 2011, 6:01am  •  3 votes

It is also contradicting to write "need not". One need do something and then not do something. But if you needn't do something, it simply states that one does not need to do something. Put the words t

Re: Specifying time duration without “for”  •  September 24, 2011, 5:40pm  •  1 vote

The issue you are talking about is transitivity. "To live" may take a direct object, as in your example, "Box turtles can live 80 years," but since the verb, "to live", may also be intransitive, your

Re: Two Weeks Notice  •  September 24, 2011, 5:30pm  •  0 vote

Oh, and may I add that I should have written "five-years old child" in the plural in my previous post.

Re: What happened to who, whom and whose?  •  September 24, 2011, 5:26pm  •  0 vote

The distinction among who, whom and whose has become merely an affect. If you want to sound like you are 'of the people', you should say, "I gave it to whom", because it is the object of a preposition

Re: cannot vs. can not  •  September 24, 2011, 5:23pm  •  6 votes

Cannot is only accepted in the U.K. It is not considered to be correct in the U.S., Canada, and Australia.

Re: mines  •  September 24, 2011, 5:21pm  •  5 votes

I think the problem is not that African Americans are trying to change the language, as you say, Sam, but that African Americans have been speaking a valid version of English all along that is yet to

Re: “My writing books” or “Me writing books”?  •  September 24, 2011, 5:17pm  •  0 vote

Wow, what a douchebag you are, Entomophagist!