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September 23, 2004
(cries) I didn't actually miss that but I didn't want to post four times in a row.
Dyske, I wish we had a preview....
April 21, 2005, 2:02pm
Anonymous was me, sorry....
April 21, 2005, 9:40am
Persephone and I are on the same page, but I'd make a slight additional change and say, "How about a return to the days when women were in such vulnerable and inferior positions, that it was easier for powerful men, who knew they could get away with it, to take advantage of them?"
April 21, 2005, 9:36am
Wouldn't you like it better if the sentence read, "He had spoken to his teacher before the examination had begun?" I think there's nothing wrong with "He spoke to his teacher before the examination began."
But "He had spoken to his teacher before the examination began" seems like an awkward mixture to me. Anyone else think so?
April 20, 2005, 5:18pm
Persephone... subtle, subtle. LOL
April 20, 2005, 5:16pm
Pet, the use of "differentiated" is correct in this sentence. The word can be used, and often is used, outside of a mathematical context--for instance in biology, to refer to 'cell differentiation."
But technical meanings aside, both the transitive and intransitive meanings of the word are well attested and correct, even in situations in which you may personally prefer a synonym such as "discriminate" or "distinguish."
April 20, 2005, 8:44am
I have a recurring problem with Scotch and soda, but... uh, never mind. :)
April 19, 2005, 8:15am
Both ways work for me also, and, like CQ, I had to read twice to catch the "on." I agree, use the "on" if you think it sounds better.
April 18, 2005, 8:48am
Marriage has nothing to do with it. Ownership in common is what counts here. One may correctly say, for example, "John Doe and Mary Roe's lawsuit against their employer."
April 15, 2005, 2:40pm
Excellent. Hooray :) Best wishes to all of you.
April 14, 2005, 11:46am
OK, I see that they're inconsistent... and I'm not going to help you decide which mistake to prefer in place of the correct usage. Maybe someone else will help you with that.
April 14, 2005, 11:45am
They're both OK, but the second is less informal and I prefer it.
April 14, 2005, 11:43am
Really? When I did desktop publishing, I was supposed to use *appropriate* punctuation. An apostrophe is a different punctuation mark from a single quote.
April 14, 2005, 7:55am
Dyske still hasn't mentioned if he really is "...a father of a newborn...." LOL
April 13, 2005, 1:52pm
I live in the US, and I've rarely heard people refer to even "glorified" babysitters as nannies. "Nanny" is very close in meaning to "au pair" or "governess," who is the professional caretaker of the kids on a full-time basis, sort of in loco parentis, as Dave says.
On the very few occasions when I've heard "nanny" used for "babysitter," it was for a temporary gal to sit at home with the kids and take care of the house while Mom and Dad were on vacation for a week or two.
April 13, 2005, 1:49pm
I was always taught it was an apostrophe, because apostrophes are usually what you use to replace missing letters or numbers in, for example, contractions such as "don't" and "I'm."
April 13, 2005, 1:41pm
Gee, Dan, for someone who uses the internet, you sure are provincial as hell. Loser.
April 12, 2005, 2:16pm
"When you have 'double possession' - when two or more people (or subjects) own one item and both (or all) of their names are mentioned, the apostrophe is applied only to the second (or last) name.
'We had coffee at Ermintrude and Marmaduke's mansion.'"
Think of your statement as "The advisor of Bob and Tina Rusk [not Rusks] suggests...".
April 12, 2005, 2:15pm
First, absolutely, as Nicholas says. Will find cite.
April 12, 2005, 2:11pm
Slemmet's solution is the proper and elegant one. It's not clear to me whether you should use "Officials of..." or "The officials of...," but that's a quibble you can quickly resolve.
April 5, 2005, 8:53am
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