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There is a town called “Two Egg” in Florida USA. My question is; why the egg is not plural there. Also there is something like “Two egg cake”.

Can someone explain it? Actually i am planning to establish a shop. Which one would suit better “two egg” or “two eggs”

Thank you?

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I’ve developed a “tic” for adding - I believe the expression is “postpositively” “is what I’m saying” at the end of a sentence. In usage, it is an intensifier. So I might say “I’ve been noticing that I use this expression a lot, is what I’m saying!”  Typically after some prior exposition on the topic - this becomes the concluding thought. 

Two questions - has anyone else heard anyone else say this? Where does it come from? Where did I pick it up? I’m in the Northeastern US.  Is the expression or any variant from this region?  

It’s awfully similar to “I’m just saying” but my understanding of “I’m just saying” is that it’s somewhat negative - connoting an undercurrent of a wink and a nod.  “ what I’m saying” doesn’t have that connotation, is what I’m saying. LOL! 

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Some authorities (such as IBM and Wikipedia) say that “big data” should not be capitalised, while others say it should be capitalised as “Big Data”.

Logically, it would be capitalised only if it were a proper noun, that is, if it identified a unique individual. For example, “the Internet” refers to the global internet, of which there is only one, so it is capitalised. Big data does not really seem to be like that. In any technical usage, it refers to the use of very large databases, and should therefore be a common noun.

In the popular imagination, however, all instances of big data coalesce into a monstrous global conspiratorial network of databases, called Big Data. It is akin to Deep State.

So, it seems to me that “big data” should be used in any sober context, and “Big Data” reserved for conspiracy theories untethered from objective reality.

But ... in a proofreading context I would have to correct “a Big Data-driven project” to “a big data-driven project”, which is ambiguous as it could mean either “a big project that is driven by data” or “a project that is driven by big data”. 

Any suggestions?

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I need to give a range of percentages. Do I say “somewhere between 40 and 50%?” or “somewhere between 40% and 50%”? Does the percentage sign get assigned to the first value, even though it’s not verbally articulated?

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Is it alright to omit the word “I” in some cases. If I have already been writing about myself and I slip in a sentence that says for example, “Will be in town next week.” Is this acceptable or should I write “I” at the beginning of each sentence?

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The New York Yankees

The Utah Jazz

The Orlando Magic

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A) Must we have fish for dinner again?

B) Shall we have to have fish for dinner again?

C) Will we have to have fish for dinner again?

D) Do we have to have fish for dinner again?

Accepting that (D) is by far the commonest utterance and would express annoyance or lament. roughly the same as “I wish we weren’t having fish again”, my concern is with the other options, particularly (B) which looks “grammatical” but just sounds odd to me. (A) is less common today but seems to go back a long way whereas “have to” is relatively modern, so which sound “normal” to you?

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How do you handle a quote within a quote within a quote in an MLA citation?

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“She said she...” or “She said that she...”

All my life I have received great feedback about my grammar, but these past few years I find myself over thinking it—all the time. It actually causes me to create mistakes where there previously weren’t any. Bizarre? 

One such thing that I have thought too much about is the necessity of “that” in phrases like the above. When would you say it’s necessary? Always? Never? Sometimes? Explain! Thanks!

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Are adverbs something to be avoided like the plague or an inevitable mutation of the English language that we just have to deal with? I’ve heard it said that they’re the mark of a writer who lacks the vocabulary to use powerful words (for example, “He walked slowly” does not carry the weight of “He plodded” or “He trudged”) and the skill to vary their sentence structure. I’ve seen them used in published in professional work, from George R. R. Martin to J.K. Rowling, so it’s not something authors shy away from and, for the most part, the public accepts it without question.

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“Liquid water”?

'Water' does not, by definition, mean water in its liquid state; it also applies to its solid state (ice) and its gaseous state (steam). There is absolutely nothing wrong with the term, 'liquid water', The term is used when it's necessary to distinguish water in its liquid state from its solid or gaseous states. In the case of Mars, we know that there are large areas of ice but to discover water in its liquid state is something else.

“Can I get” vs. “May I have”

  • Tb46
  • January 25, 2022, 7:47pm

Anyone who says ‘can I get’ is an unintelligent, wannabe American idiot who is disgracing the English language.!

Also stop saying ‘amazing’ when thing’s aren’t! Amazing is someone who overcomes adversity not someone taking a food order!

which one is the correct way of using nd or th.
do i need to use 102nd or 102th birthday
Example: I stayed on for another month to celebrate Mom's 102th birthday.  

This habit drives me crazy , but then so much incorrect use of the English language seems to be the norm these days. I don't quite know what the source is - maybe young English teachers themselves don't know right from wrong - but it infuriates me!! Folk say it doesn't matter if you understand what they mean , but this still shouldn't make it acceptable. GRRRRRRR!!!

Convenient. More recently, I was also interested in this topic and looked for examples at in "An analysis of Macbeth's ambition" I met there. I don't know how accurate it is written and it seems to be true.

“Thanks for that”

I agree, I also think that Shakespeare is a great example to pay attention to and take the best when it comes to English and correct spelling. I also often borrow interesting ideas from examples of essays on Macbeth, as I believe that this piece is an absolute masterpiece and a lot of interesting things can be emphasized from it. As I see it, here you can find the best free essay examples you can find on the internet that can make your life easier and save you tons of time.


I also once became interested in this question and read a lot about it. Later I came across the freedom of speech essay on the website and in the essay, I was able to see how to use certain forms. It helps to understand something well if you understand the rules.

Capitalization of hyphenated words


I don't see a problem with talking the way you feel comfortable. I here say I graduated from university, although for the last couple of years, I've been working and to graduate I had to order an essay almost every week. I say that because it's easier, although you could ask a similar question here. What's the correct way to say "I graduated" or "We graduated" =)