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jayles

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Five eggs is too many

July 1, 2013

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My take on it is that "fewer" + uncountable noun is nonsensical, as "fewer" implies countable number.

jayles the unmighty May 8, 2014, 11:37pm

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BTW I suppose you guys realise you can upvote your own comments! ;=))

jayles the unmighty May 8, 2014, 8:53pm

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I would suggest that proficient English readers do not read by sounding out each syllable to understand the word; each word becomes a sort of symbol pretty much like Chinese, so whether it is orthographic or not becomes irrelevant to the reading process; it just needs to be consistent and familiar.
Spelling is an issue when we're learning to read and write and in an ESOL context; for most of us we are past it (or very much past it).

jayles the unmighty May 8, 2014, 8:52pm

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less means smaller (in size or number); fewer = smaller in number.
a) Her troubles were fewer than her husband's.
b) Her troubles were less than her husband's.
Doesn't really come up much though.

jayles the greedy May 5, 2014, 6:18pm

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If "fewer is more" means something other than "less is more", then we have a semantic distinction, but it's very small.

Is "few" is the result of Viking "package tours" ?

jayles the unmighty May 5, 2014, 6:52am

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Few is more

jayles the unground May 5, 2014, 12:33am

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Never in the history of humane endeavour have so many owed so much to so less.

There were, apparently, a less people there

jayles the unground May 5, 2014, 12:32am

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I've seen it suggested that the past-simple<-present-perfect substitution is colloquial, non-formal and more common among 'less-educated' Americans.

The following ngram suggests that "have you ever" is twice as common as "did you ever" in US writing:
did you ever:eng_gb_2012,did you ever:eng_us_2012,have you ever:eng_gb_2012,have you ever:eng_us_2012

This ngram suggests that in US writing "did you forget already" is much much less common than have...
Did you forget already:eng_gb_2012,Did you forget already:eng_us_,Have you forgotten already:eng_gb_2012,Have you forgotten already:eng_us_2012,Have you forgot already

jayles the unmighty April 29, 2014, 9:32pm

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Murphy also notes the well-known Americanism: sentences like:
"Did you finish your homework yet?"
Is this too an example of something borrowed from some earlier form of English?

jayles the unwanted April 29, 2014, 12:25am

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I do remember the teacher in primary school (England 1950's) forbidding us to use the word 'get' in writing because it was a "horrible" word. Given that kind of indoctrination it is not surprising if some people retain a less-than-empirical outlook on word choices.
BTW in Murphy's grammar book 'gotten' is simply marked as "American", so again it is hardly surprising if people think that is the end of the story. I certainly did for many years.

jayles the unmighty April 28, 2014, 4:55pm

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@WW by "practical purposes" I meant outside the classroom, like submitting your CV in English or answering business emails.

jayles the unmighty April 25, 2014, 4:06pm

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I agree that spelling is not the major issue for non-native speakers; after all, the common end-use writing situations (business emails, reports, and academic essays) are all covered by spell-checkers. On the other hand, business telephone conversations put enormous pressure on clear-enough pronunciation (and listening and everything else too).
Like Russian, English stress is hard to predict (although often last-but-two on longer words). Aural learning the only way to go.

EF= Entertainment First ??

jayles the old EFfer April 23, 2014, 7:30pm

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"daemon" is often used with this spelling when referring to a piece of software that is permanently running on the server, for instance as a channel to a database. Spelt without the lig here:
http://www.heliohost.org/home/features/database...

jayles the unwieldy April 22, 2014, 9:59pm

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Curious how looker(s)-on was overtaken by onlooker(s) toward the end of 19th year-hundred.
Also the difference in meaning between passers-by and by-passers (ie people who take the bypass), and the following:
urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=holder-upper
http://en.wiktionary.org/wiki/upholder

jayles the ungodly April 20, 2014, 1:22am

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dictionary.reference.com/browse/warmerupper
dictionary.reference.com/browse/cheererupper

jayles the greedy April 19, 2014, 1:13pm

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@WW "putter-onner" , putter-inner, taker-outer, leaver-outer, - all several have hits on google

urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=leader-onner
urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=picker-onner
urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=checker-upper-onner
urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=Awayer
www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=pusher-awayer

jayles the greedy April 19, 2014, 1:02pm

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en.wiktionary.org/wiki/washer-upper

www.definition-of.com/bad+breaker-upper

jayles the unmighty April 19, 2014, 3:09am

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books.google.com/books?isbn=0071428933
books.google.com/books?isbn=1419535722

jayles the unweighty April 18, 2014, 10:17pm

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More at:
literalminded.wordpress.com/2010/03/02/picker-uppers-and-putter-upper-withers/

google "putter-upper"
"by-stander" and "passer-by" lack the -er on the adverb.

stl.recherche.univ-lille3.fr/sitespersonnels/cappelle/Pdf%20versions%20of%20papers/Doubler-upper%20nouns.pdf

OED has “picker-upper” (1913), “fixer-upper” (1932), “pepper-upper” (1934), “maker-upper” (1936), “builder-upper” (1936), “opener-upper” (1941), “mucker-upper” (1942), and “looker-upper” (1951). But “Ver-up” is actually more frequently attested than “Ver-upper” in the forms collected by the OED.

ablauttime.blogspot.co.nz/2004/09/passers-by-be-damned.html

jayles the unweighty April 18, 2014, 10:09pm

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