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steve3 October 18, 2013, 4:24pm

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backward. period.

steve3 October 18, 2013, 4:24pm

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with the use of "on" (i intend on) the form should be intent with on, or , intend with to.
so i intend to...
i am intent on..
of course, in casual conversation, anything can come out.

steve3 January 26, 2013, 7:16am

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i believe i have never used "their" as a singular or all-purpose word to replace his or her.

--every student should take their books when leaving the room.-- is unacceptable on any paper turned in to me (Jane Austin, above, notwithstanding).

steve3 October 12, 2012, 3:18pm

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The British favor the "s" and the BBC uses it invariably. In the States, by the turn of the century, teachers stopped using/accepting the form with "s" and tests such as the college SAT expect the shorter form, e.g. in regard to vs. in regards to, etc.

steve3 November 23, 2011, 5:47am

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"The first version gives the impression that the action of pulling the car out was ongoing when the sentence is read, whereas the second version gives the impression that the action was already completed."

The above is correct; thus the writer may CHOOSE either to express the meaning accordingly.

steve3 August 27, 2011, 6:50pm

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agree with pete

steve3 March 1, 2011, 7:56pm

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quarters means section in the sense of sleeping or office or living quarters. ships are often described as having quarters. it does not have to mean 25% of anything. so head quarters and headquarters is simply the main or primary of the various sections.

steve3 October 8, 2010, 3:40pm

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"I am getting angrier the more I read. there is not a single post completely devoid of any grammatical error or some mistake in punctuation."

"...example used mkes no sence."


steve3 October 8, 2010, 3:33pm

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Better change "there" to "There" to begin the second sentence.

steve3 October 5, 2010, 2:26pm

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Agree with first poster.

steve3 September 25, 2010, 11:01am

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Double negatives are not prohibited. You may be thinking of instances where the actual meaning differs from the words (e.g. I don't have no money to mean I have no money).

Style dictatates it should be in the simple and positive form, as you suggested. Yet, if the author wishes it this way to make some point, it is not incorrect (notice double neg here).

steve3 June 30, 2010, 8:29pm

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use no question mark; it is not a question.

steve3 June 30, 2010, 8:19pm

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I have heard the "steek" choice many times, always outside of North America. "I say it as "staik." I have also heard Australians use stoeek.
Under a common rule, a case can be made for steek: when two vowels go walking, the first does the talking, as in goat and boat are sounded as gote and bote, respectively.
With the Norse origin in mind I feel it is correct either way.

steve3 June 30, 2010, 7:54pm

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I can send you more information if you are interested?

This is wrong because it is actually asking the other person to make the decision as to whether you can send more information. Use a period.

steve3 May 9, 2010, 8:23pm

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There are a number of ways to do it. I use 0.25 percent (adding the zero for clarity in case the . might be missed. In engineering it'a always done this way.) In any case (except in math proplems or numerical accounting) the % must be spelled out.

steve3 March 8, 2010, 1:56pm

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just a guess here...

i always to things like x-mit to be a use of x from algebra. in algebra the x is so often used t represet something, anything.

thoughts on this?

steve3 December 16, 2009, 5:51pm

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The union, though weak and poor, managed to remain their

1- remain may be a typo for RETAIN?
2- THEIR is not allowable here since it is not the union and something else, e.g. the army. Therefore THEIR must be ITS to match the singular subject.

steve3 December 14, 2009, 3:44pm

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Insurance is like rice. It is a non-count noun. Therfore it needs to be quantified rather than counted. So, I ate a rice has no proper meaning, but I ate a cup of rice does.

That said, there is a special case. When differentiating between one type and another, the "s" form is correct. Thus, my market carries many rices (mountain rice, wild rice, sticky rice, etc.) is correct. The North and South Koreans are now two peoples is correct. Therefore insurances, as used, is correct.

steve3 December 14, 2009, 3:33pm

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the costruction
"...yello.cape.cod’s conclusion but not their argument"
is confusing.
does THEIR mean the person named (if so use singular her or his) or does it mean the group of other posters?

steve3 December 14, 2009, 3:04pm

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