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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:


“my tire flattened”

  • October 8, 2005, 3:19am

mara Oct-7-05 6:31PM

Odd sentence?

  • September 6, 2005, 9:44pm

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.

“identical to” and “identical with”

  • September 6, 2005, 10:37am

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


  • September 6, 2005, 10:33am

Avoid it at your peril


Present adverbs in past narrative

  • July 14, 2005, 5:55pm

Hi, Gary

I agree with all you say here:

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


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.


Using prepositions “by” and “with”. July 14, 2005
Present adverbs in past narrative July 14, 2005
Omitting “will” July 20, 2005
Zero conditional July 25, 2005
Prepositional verb or phrasal verb? August 21, 2005
Odd sentence? September 6, 2005
Is there a grammar of spoken English? September 16, 2005
“my tire flattened” October 6, 2005
Are these questions in idiomatic English? November 27, 2005
“to be doing” December 12, 2005
Using “would” December 19, 2005