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Using “would”

December 19, 2005

“to be doing”

December 12, 2005

“my tire flattened”

October 6, 2005

Odd sentence?

September 6, 2005

Zero conditional

July 25, 2005

Omitting “will”

July 20, 2005

Recent Comments

Hey, Eric...isn't it a bummer when life just turns around and kicks you in the face?


728 English pages for "tell them to knock it off".
11,400 English pages for "tell them to stop it".

What were you saying...?

Ah, yes:

<To see if folks in the real world agree, I checked Googlefight:

"Psychology studies the": 766
"Psychology is the study of the": 10,100

Not terribly scientific, but pretty striking nonetheless.>


m56 December 1, 2005, 2:04pm

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<Not terribly scientific, but pretty striking nonetheless. Though some folks are saying psychology studies things, they shouldn't. And we should tell them to knock it off.>

LOL! Spoken like a pure prescriptivist, Eric.

I imagine you would also tell us not to say these:

* Psychology has come a long way since Freud.
* Pitch-bending alters the frequency of the signal.

Thanks to all for your replies though.

m56 December 1, 2005, 1:59pm

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mara Oct-7-05 6:31PM

<Never. But I might say "My tire went flat."

I must say some of your other examples are not convincing. "The weather changed" doesn't seem nearly as transitional to me as "The storm weakened." >

I guess that just an example of personal perception and preference, and not grammar.

m56 October 7, 2005, 11:19pm

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Thanks, Janet. I find the sentence odd, but we can use "all of a sudden" with the progressive form.

All of a sudden, he was swimming for his life.

All of a sudden, she was hitting me with a big stick.

I'm wondering why it doesn't work in the case of a bottle.

m56 September 6, 2005, 5:44pm

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The American Heritage Dictionary (AHD) says that both are acceptable.

m56 September 6, 2005, 6:37am

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Avoid it at your peril


m56 September 6, 2005, 6:33am

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Hi, Gary

I agree with all you say here:

I'd say it works either way, but the now makes it more explicit.

m56 July 14, 2005, 1:55pm

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Thanks for the reply.

I imagine it is archaic usage and maybe Scottish English at that.

Here's an example from Arthur Conan Doyle.

"As he journeyed he bit into a crust which remained from his Beaulieu bread, and he washed it down by a draught from a woodland stream."

From, The White Company, by Arthur Conan Doyle.

m56 July 14, 2005, 7:26am

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