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jayles the ungreedy

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M'sieur 'arrycastle !
Many languages of Europe 'ave a form using "have+participle"; however, the exact usage is different. Using this form with "since", 'how long" and "for" to indicate a period up to the present is, it is true, very English.

jayles the ungreedy June 1, 2014, 4:43pm

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@HS Yes indeed. I am mighty curious as to how you arrive at your own point of view.

jayles the ungreedy May 25, 2014, 8:31pm

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@AnWulf English spelling just grew like topsy and lacks a close-knit underpinning framework. Attempts to tidy it up mostly failed. For practical purposes using the right spell-checker is for non-native speakers the best option. However, my own email-spell-checker is stuck in Hungarian and despite googling around, I still can't find the button to change it back to English!

jayles the ungreedy April 24, 2014, 3:33pm

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My earlier remarks about the number of English-speakers on the Indian sub-continent did not quite hit middle stump. Assuming that around four percent of the adult pop speak English fluently (as appears to be the case in India) we have a fluent English-speakers numbering around 25 million. According to Wikipedia English is still the offical language in Pakistan, used in court proceedings and all official documents. So still quite a sizeable dialect with its own newspapers and literature.

jayles the ungreedy March 30, 2014, 3:49pm

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For those interested in speaking proper:

The Queen's Hinglish: How to Speak Pukka .. published by Harper Collins

And I have found there is a page in wikipedia under "Indian English" which provides technical details.
Still looking for a more extensive online listing of word usage differences, which would be handy indeed.
So, co-brothers, although I am not quite yet a stadium, I am feeling glassy and must airdash; so I cannot prepone our next timepass; do hope you will not think me a badmash.

jayles the ungreedy March 30, 2014, 2:31pm

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Re mouse/mice: a few nouns in English still use the Germanic umlaut/ablaut system to show plurals, like man/men, goose/geese, foot/feet. Mouse belongs here.
There are also a few nouns which are "weak" and take an -en for the plural - oxen,children, brethren (and dialect housen), and several animals which are unchanging - deer, sheep in modern English.
No reason to use mouses any more than hice.

jayles the ungreedy February 10, 2014, 3:00pm

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@WW I think wot this shews is that the suffix -ful is pretty much portable almost like an inflection, provided of course the result is meaning-ful.
Looks like the spelling follows the French pattern.

jayles the ungreedy February 10, 2014, 2:48pm

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@Anwulf re "progress" : yes you are right. However for my goals (ESOL), I need to teach the meaning of "pro" and "gress" as building blocks toward con-gress, ag-gress-ive, grade, a-gree, pro-pose, pro-fess, pro-ceed and so on. Basically teaching Latin I guess. A bit like us learning: выбор сбор

jayles the ungreedy December 4, 2013, 4:18pm

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I found "thole", the English version of "tolerate".

This might have given us:
"untholing" = intolerant or impatient
"patient" = tholer/tholing

jayles the ungreedy November 5, 2013, 2:31pm

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