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Pronunciation: aunt

January 1, 2006

a couple

December 29, 2005

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Sounds to me more like laziness. I doubt their grammar teachers teach this rule.

jon April 23, 2006, 11:46pm

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Here are some arguments that it is an adverb. I'm curious if anyone thinks these hold any water.

The sentence contains an adverbial clause; the "while it is still young" being a dependent clause technically modifying the verb "begin" in the independent clause.
"While it is still young" is an adverbial clause because it modifies the action of the whole complex sentence.
...the FUNCTION of while in this sentence is as an adverb of time to tell us when to begin conditioning your pet to accept grooming.

jon April 6, 2006, 5:39pm

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Remember "I'd hit it?" They should've just stuck with that one.

jon February 7, 2006, 10:54pm

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It's similar to "oi" in England, which is said more to get someone's attention than as a greeting.

Skinhead punk music is commonly called "oi," which always annoyed me in North America. Shouldn't it be "hey" music?

jon January 30, 2006, 8:41pm

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Nony Mouse:

And what are you then, invisible? Let me tell you, I despise people of no colour, and I wouldn't let them into my home because you don't know what they're doing. You don't even know if they're wearing clothes.

I'm half Scottish and half Ukrainian, and I'm a yellowish-pink colour. My girlfriend is Korean and she's a pale white colour. But nobody calls me pink and her white.

jon January 22, 2006, 9:32pm

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I third that opinion.

jon January 3, 2006, 3:00pm

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I hate that cliche so much. There's only one person who ever used it without sounding like a prat.

jon January 3, 2006, 12:21am

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Well that's what's so irritating about this.

The sentence has two parts:

1) There is a couple (collective identity)
2) The couple are leaning on the wall (two individuals)

I seriously don't think that "The couple is leaning on the wall" can ever be appropriate.

jon January 1, 2006, 9:43pm

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Makes sense, Tim.

And I would if I could, peon, but it was written by a Korean student and they won't take "rewrite" as an answer.

jon December 29, 2005, 9:59pm

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If you want to see if the sentence makes sense, just take out the words "and" and "Ariel."

So if the sentence is, for example, "He and Ariel have funny names," then you'd get "He has funny names."

If you have "The cold is bad for Ariel and he," then you get "The cold is bad for he." This sounds wrong, and it certainly is wrong.

Simplest way to see if it's right.

jon December 14, 2005, 8:37pm

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I think it only works in the negative.

It doesn't seem much different.
X It does seem much different.

But I wouldn't use it in an essay.

jon December 6, 2005, 8:50pm

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Anonymous is an adjective and cannot be pluralised in English.

jon November 16, 2005, 8:08pm

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Here's something stupid my spell-checker just told me.

The sentence is, "Which one do you like the best?" The word "do" has that squiggly red line. The spell-checker recommended i change it to "does." Stupid, stupid spell checker.

jon November 16, 2005, 4:12pm

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It sounds the same as "stake."

jon October 31, 2005, 4:20pm

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Data is a non-countable noun, like food.

You don't say "All the food were great at the buffet."

jon October 30, 2005, 6:32pm

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I really hate this mistake.

"Everyday" is synonymous with "normal" or "routine." It is an adjective.

"Every day" means "daily."

Another one that gets my goat is "nevermind." It's a Nirvana album, not an appropriate response to a question!

jon October 23, 2005, 5:28pm

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Other alternative:

He rolled the R for all it was worth.

jon October 18, 2005, 1:30am

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