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As if counting in Japanese is any easier, ha!

dariensan December 30, 2002, 12:56am

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It's the 'and' vs. 'or' implication.

Neither is saying that "not vodka" or "not rum" in the singular, so neither, by itself, is correct.

Also, were you to use the combination of the two in your discussion of ideal, the combination would be a singular in the context, so 'neither is' would still apply.

dariensan December 20, 2002, 5:01pm

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17. Before; until: five minutes of two.

dariensan December 10, 2002, 1:28pm

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A humourous side note.

I just searched for "hit a snag" "off his rocker" "gone to seed" in google, and got the Bobby Fischer article from URLdj. Wonder what Dyske's been reading...

dariensan December 2, 2002, 11:15am

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Literally, a snag is something that gets in the way, specifically the jagged edge of a rock or a tree or something. So if you were pulling something by a rope, and it got caught on a tree, you would literally 'hit a snag' which would delay progress.

Hence the reason it's used to indicate running into an unforeseen problem or delay.

dariensan December 2, 2002, 11:12am

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"I have full control" is correct.

'Controls' in the plural of the noun form of 'control'. 'Controls' are objects that allow you to control something.

When you say you have control, you have control OF something... Even if the 'of' is not said, it is implied. While it is also the noun form of control, it is an entirely separate meaning as it is used to describe your relation to something, rather than the thing itself.

I really wish I knew the terms in English grammar as well as I do Spanish Grammar. Le sigh.

dariensan November 13, 2002, 9:40pm

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Fancy that. I swear to all that is holy that English sucks donkey testicles.

dariensan November 13, 2002, 4:30pm

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Nope Dyske.

"These computers each come with a 40GB drive" is correct, since the subject is 'these computers' is the subject, and it's plural.

"Each of these computers comes with a 40GB drive" is correct as well. The subject is "each of..." which is singular, and therefore you'd use comes.

This site would be great in studying for the SAT II writing test.

dariensan November 13, 2002, 4:27pm

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"These computers EACH come with a 40GB drive"


"These computers come with 40GB drives."

The first is preferable, the second is ambiguous.

dariensan November 12, 2002, 9:55am

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"These will not bring us happiness" or "these are not what will bring us happiness" would be my recommendations, since repeating 'are' when it can be avoided is rather clumsy sounding.

"Are going" is just a present-tense way of suggesting the future-tense, so 'are going' can generally be replaced with 'will.'

dariensan November 11, 2002, 5:03pm

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Rhyming is dependant on the ending syllable of a word generally. To us gaijin, almost all Japanese words rhyme for that reason (hence the reason Japanese rap doesn't really work right).




But rhyming is really subjective, so don't get down on yourself. If you can make them sound like they rhyme, then nobody will object most likely.

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:59pm

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The fewer commas the more likely it's correct. Mistakes with commas are either using none (causing run on sentences extraordinaire), or using far, too, many, after every, word. If you aren't sure a comma belongs somewhere, it probably doesn't.

"apples, oranges and pears" is most likely correct.

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:53pm

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I am assuming that the context was a discussion of multiple internet thingies (e.g. DSL and Cable, messageboards and blogs, etc.) which each move at different speeds. Since the speed of DSL and Cable are distinct, albeit both fast, they both move at rather fast speeds. The range of speeds on cable connections varies as well, so you'd use the plural to indicate that.

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:50pm

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Yes. Otherwise people would assume the em dash is a hyphen. I think it's a style issue though, and there are no hard and fast rules to it.

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:47pm

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A text generally means an individual self-cohesive text. A bunch of individual self-cohesive texts would be 'texts'. A bunch of words on a page are 'text'. This little blurb is text, not a text.

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:46pm

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"Who I was" is the correct way to phrase that. The tense within a sentence should agree the whole way through. "At the lecture yesterday, only a few of them knew who I am" sounds like they can divine the future, as in only a few of them knew then who you are now. If you wanted to state that only a few knew you 10 years ago, you would have to state that. Even then you should explicitly state that only a few of them knew who you were 10 years before the lecture (as opposed to 10 years ago which tends to suggest 10 years from now which could be a problem if the lecture was 20 years ago).

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:32pm

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The second would be more correct, but neither looks that good.

Ideally it should read (in my mind):
"AS&E's CTO Joseph Callerame" or "The CTO of AS&E, Joseph Callerame,"

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:19pm

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"I am a part of the team" implies that you are an individual composing a part of the whole, which also implies that the whole is a composite. "I am part of the team" implies that the team is an entity of its own, and you contribute to that whole.

Basically, the first is more focused on the "I" while the second is more focused on the "team." Both are correct.

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:18pm

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Many suggests distinct objects.
"There are many people here."
"There are many grains of sand on the beach."
"There are many rivers."

Much is used to express quantity of one type of object. You wouldn't say "How much dollars is too much?" but you would say "How much money is too much?"

"A lot of" can be used to mean "much" in a sense, though it carries a slightly different connotation. "A lot of" carries a more subjective tone, while "much" has to be qualified by 'too' in order to use it in the same context.

"The Pacific Ocean contains a lot of water."
"The Pacific Ocean contains too much water."

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:15pm

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Generally people say "In THE future." I've never seen in 'a' future, though I'd suspect some people say it because they believe that time diverges á la Back to the Future 2.

dariensan November 11, 2002, 4:06pm

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