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Re: watch much stuff?  •  May 10, 2012, 8:17am  •  1 vote

See, that sounds weird also. 'Much sugar'; 'much water'... It sounds odd to hear 'much' by itself I suppose. If it were 'very much' or 'that much'. My default would be to say 'I have a lot of sugar' i

Re: watch much stuff?  •  April 26, 2012, 12:32pm  •  1 vote

I think my problem may be 'much' being coupled with a plural noun (stuff in this case referring to 'tv shows'), in which case my brain is expecting 'many'. Obviously you wouldn't say 'many stuff', but

Re: watch much stuff?  •  April 18, 2012, 11:01pm  •  0 vote

Yes, directly replacing programs on television (sorry for leaving that out). I suppose it probably is the complete lack of euphony that is bugging me.

Re: A Somewhat Intricate Sentence  •  April 18, 2012, 10:53pm  •  0 vote

I started on the comments, but tl;dnr... Going to add my two cents anyways (and chalk it up to adding more weight to this side of the debate... yeah, that). ;) Length aside, I would remove 'up' enti

Re: Prepositions at the end of a clause  •  December 6, 2011, 10:27am  •  0 vote

Or, 'we might could do that'.

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  December 6, 2011, 9:54am  •  0 vote

"People take grammar too seriously." um, isn't that kind of the point here? ;) WW: I stand corrected. Both of your examples make sense (and I would read them that way. Thanks for the semicolons; th

Re: Had he breakfast this morning?  •  December 6, 2011, 9:41am  •  1 vote

True, I'm American (guilty, sadly). What you say makes perfect sense. In my head I think 'starved - to starve due to an imposed restriction of food; starving - beyond hungry'. The second being someth

Re: ...ward/s and un...worthy  •  December 6, 2011, 9:35am  •  0 vote

WW, I'm confused by your post (not the last one you made, but the one before that). You say that -worthy words are mostly based on nouns, and yet two of your examples are verbs. I could see praise as

Re: When “one of” many things is itself plural  •  December 6, 2011, 9:21am  •  0 vote

English: the only world language that causes confusion between two different people speaking the same words ;)

Re: Perpendicular  •  December 6, 2011, 9:18am  •  0 vote

Yes, widely in America herb is pronounced 'erb'. A silent h in hotel, however, I have never heard. In any case, I don't hear much h dropping, but I had seen 'an' before h words in print in old Englis

Re: Perpendicular  •  November 30, 2011, 5:56pm  •  1 vote

'A pedantic old curmudgeon' eh? ;) Nice! Wouldn't that make everyone else the curmudgeons if you're the pedantic? Well - in learning more about physics and all - when flying, apparently the shortes

Re: God only knew  •  November 30, 2011, 5:39pm  •  1 vote

I believe it rests on the premise that God is all-knowing, all the time. So anything He ever knew, He always did know, knows now, and will forever know. It's similar to the quote "before Abraham was,

Re: What can I do besides...  •  November 30, 2011, 5:18pm  •  0 vote

To answer the original question of why: What can I do besides complaining sounds wrong because can and complaining conflict in their tense. You can complain. You can't complaining. You can *be* compla

Re: Semicolon between sentences joined by a coordinating conjunction  •  November 30, 2011, 5:08pm  •  0 vote

Though I do it myself often, conjunctions are not a proper way to begin a sentence. The word 'but' is my favorite to rule-break with, but it is still incorrect. That is, unless you are quoting (as alw

Re: Backward vs. Backwards?  •  November 30, 2011, 4:58pm  •  3 votes

And in regards to that, I'll kindly keep my mouth shut ;)

Re: “American”  •  November 30, 2011, 4:56pm  •  8 votes

"United States of American"? Really? It would at least be "United States American". In any case, I see nothing wrong with saying U.S. American. How hard is it to add a half-second prefix? Yet another

Re: always wanted to be  •  November 30, 2011, 4:42pm  •  1 vote

Ing: your examples actually point to the idea that the sentence immediately preceding the one in question has more to do with it than the timeline. When you say 'He is happy' since 'is' is present ten

Re: “8 inches is” or “8 inches are”  •  November 30, 2011, 4:36pm  •  0 vote

To answer the original question simply: it just depends on whether you intend '8 inches' to be seen as a whole, or as 8 separate individual inches. These 8 inches between you and I are the longest 8 i

Re: “would of” instead of “would have” or “would’ve”  •  November 30, 2011, 4:24pm  •  5 votes

Perfect Pedant: I believe that JJMBallantyne was using 'ov' to describe a verbal pronunciation rather than a written word. Jor: The words would've could've and should've are contractions of would h

Re: “enamored with” and “enamored by”  •  November 30, 2011, 4:02pm  •  2 votes

I'm not sure which is correct, but I have always known the use of 'enamored by'. Most likely by reason of porsche's definition. Enamored of sounds really odd to me (but that could just be due to my li

Re: eg, e.g., or eg.  •  November 30, 2011, 3:57pm  •  3 votes

"...the dots died quite suddenly in (I would say) the early nineties..." Ah yes, the advent of the technological age: birth of widespread human laziness. I would say that just because something is co

Re: Correct way to omit words?  •  November 30, 2011, 3:51pm  •  0 vote

Warsaw Will: while I agree that "Be that true" does sound quite incorrect, what about the phrase "Be that as it may..." which I hear often?

Re: “by the time”  •  November 30, 2011, 3:16pm  •  5 votes

Makes me wonder... By the time he arrived at school, the lesson had finished. Suggesting that he is late, the lesson is completely over, and he has missed it. He arrived at school by the time the l

Re: Had he breakfast this morning?  •  November 30, 2011, 3:12pm  •  0 vote

Not an attempt to incite wrath, but a genuine query: wouldn't that be "He looked starved"? or can "He looked starving." be correct?

Re: When “one of” many things is itself plural  •  November 30, 2011, 2:54pm  •  1 vote

Oh wow, fun times! First, I'll address Becky (btw, AnWulf's o button does work as you can see the o in other words... and it also bugs me that Anwulf types "yu"): Anyways, to my point. Re-read J Ant

Re: Perpendicular  •  November 30, 2011, 2:30pm  •  0 vote

*Or you could substitute 'horizon' with 'tangent of the Earth'.

Re: Perpendicular  •  November 30, 2011, 2:28pm  •  1 vote

I may be an English nazi with my friends, but math has always been my favorite subject ;) Thus, I use the word 'perpendicular' to mean anything at a right angle to the object I'm describing. I would

Re: Complete Sentence  •  November 30, 2011, 1:05am  •  0 vote

Is it as difficult to look past the inane posts for others as well? Or is it just me? ;) "I'm" cannot be a complete sentence, because in the case of the contraction, the 'am' used in 'I'm' is an auxi