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Writing out percentages correctly

  • March 4, 2018, 5:08am

Four and seventy-three thousandths per cent ??? (4.073%)

Neither is or neither are

  • February 19, 2018, 9:54am

" neither were significant predictors of the outcome measures"
"they were not working mischief, neither were they doing any great good; "
"neither were most of their members prepared to take part as citizens."
"Things are either what they appear to be: or they neither are, nor appear to be"
"And if the fountains are not gods, neither are the rivers,"
"Neither are we truly portraying what Christ's disciple means. "

Both are possible, depending on the context:

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=neither+is%2Cneither+are%2Cneither+was%2Cneither+were&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=18&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Cneither%20is%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cneither%20are%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cneither%20was%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Cneither%20were%3B%2Cc0

https://www.google.com/search?q=%22neither%20were%22&tbm=bks&lr=lang_en

On Tomorrow

  • January 18, 2018, 9:10am

KING HENRY
We are in God’s hand, brother, not in theirs.
March to the bridge. It now draws toward night.
Beyond the river we’ll encamp ourselves,
And on tomorrow bid them march away.
Henry V Act 3, Scene 6, Page 7

So Shakespeare used "poor grammar and .... stupid."

http://nfs.sparknotes.com/henryv/page_132.html

http://random-idea-english.blogspot.co.nz/2014/01/random-thoughts-about-on-tomorrow.html

It is perfectly normal to say "until tomorrow", "for tomorrow", "by tomorrow", "after tomorrow", so "on tomorrow" is not that much of a stretch.

https://goo.gl/FBSZMx

eg, e.g., or eg.

  • January 13, 2018, 5:48pm

https://books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=e.g.%2Ceg.%2Ceg&year_start=1960&year_end=2008&corpus=18&smoothing=3&share=&direct_url=t1%3B%2Ce.g.%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Ceg%20.%3B%2Cc0%3B.t1%3B%2Ceg%3B%2Cc0

E.g. or e.g. is at least twelve times more common in the book corpus used by Google.
"Eg" or "EG" is sometimes an abbreviation for "electrogram", or "elliptical galaxy". For some reason, a few German texts are included in the Google books results, and these use "EG" to mean "Eingriff" and so forth. I have only sighted one valid example of "eg" being used to mean "for example" in this corpus.
From all this I would conclude that "e.g." is the norm.

Fora vs Forums

  • December 19, 2017, 5:12pm

@Matthe Ware
It sounds like a school test! To me either would be "correct"; in fact 'extensive assortment of diamonds' comes up about a dozen times as a phrase on google, but 'expensive...' does not, if that is a good criterion.

gifting vs. giving a gift

  • December 14, 2017, 11:03pm

More examples, some using "gifted" as an adjective, but some using "gifted" as part of a passive verb.