Your Pain Is Our Pleasure

Pain in the English offers proofreading services for short-form writing such as press releases, job applications, or marketing copy. 24 hour turnaround. Learn More


Joined: December 14, 2009  (email not validated)
Comments posted: 22
Votes received: 11

No user description provided.

Questions Submitted

have a knowledge of

July 22, 2015

Use of “Massive”

December 16, 2009

Recent Comments


steve angelique October 18, 2013, 8:24pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

backward. period.

steve angelique October 18, 2013, 8:24pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve angelique January 26, 2013, 12:16pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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).

steve angelique October 12, 2012, 7:18pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve a November 23, 2011, 10:47am

1 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

"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.

steve a August 27, 2011, 10:50pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

agree with pete

steve angelique March 2, 2011, 12:56am

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve October 8, 2010, 7:40pm

1 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

"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."


steve October 8, 2010, 7:33pm

2 votes    Permalink    Report Abuse

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

steve October 5, 2010, 6:26pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

Agree with first poster.

steve September 25, 2010, 3:01pm

1 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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).

steve July 1, 2010, 12:29am

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

use no question mark; it is not a question.

steve July 1, 2010, 12:19am

1 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve June 30, 2010, 11:54pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve May 10, 2010, 12:23am

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve March 8, 2010, 6:56pm

1 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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?

steve December 16, 2009, 10:51pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve December 14, 2009, 8:44pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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.

steve December 14, 2009, 8:33pm

0 vote    Permalink    Report Abuse

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?

steve December 14, 2009, 8:04pm

4 votes    Permalink    Report Abuse