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I dont believe a name has been given to the first decade.

Purple Dragon February 5, 2003, 6:23am

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If you were siding with one particular person, you would be "taking a side". But when people take opposite views, the act is called "taking sides". I believe it's to imply that there is more than one side, even though it is redundant. I think it has developed from slang, though. I believe the correct use is singular.

Purple Dragon February 5, 2003, 6:21am

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Disturb is to distract, disrupt, etc. Perturb is to disturb and subsequently cause annoyance. Like when someone disturbs your slept, you are then perturbed.

Purple Dragon January 6, 2003, 4:06am

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See this web site. It explains this phrase and also other English cliches.

Purple Dragon December 18, 2002, 1:40am

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Both motive and motivation basically mean incentive or drive.

However, in English, most commonly people say "What are his MOTIVES." When "motives" is used rather than "motivation" it implies "ulterior motives", such as those for suspicious actions.

For example, in a murder trial, the lawyer will discuss the suspect's possible motives for committing the crime. In general "motives" has a negative connotation, whereas "motivation" has a positive one.

Purple Dragon December 11, 2002, 8:31am

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"gone to seed" refers to the stage in gardening in which the flowers are not blooming and the leaves have fallen off the trees, like during the winter. So basically when refering to a person or thing, it means past its prime, not full of life any more. If a celebrity has "gone to seed" then they are thought of as a "has-been" and no longer what they used to be.

Purple Dragon December 1, 2002, 5:21am

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This means crazy or insane. The origin is unknown, but I imagine it's sopposed to mean a person who is not doing what they are sopposed to, like a train that has jumped its tracks.

Purple Dragon December 1, 2002, 4:53am

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This is one explanation I found online:

POTBOILER: Formulaic works of art produced cheaply and quickly produced to satisfy a market demand -- usually for genre paintings -- and to make a modest income (i.e., to keep soup boiling in the pot). By extension, the term has come to mean any work considered to lack distinctive quality or originality.

Purple Dragon December 1, 2002, 4:46am

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Merge is correct. Well both are correct.

If you say "two week notice" you usually precede it with "a" or "my". As is "I gave him a two-week notice." Meaning that "two-week" is the proper name for that kind of notice, which most people are familiar with as ample notice for quitting a job.

But both are correct, because you could say "I gave him three weeks notice."

Purple Dragon December 1, 2002, 4:43am

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"I have a lot of money."
"Banks exchange foreign monies for local currency."

Therefore, monies refers to different types of money, or funds coming from various sources.

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 8:50am

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Rhyming is mostly concerned with the last part of the word, sometimes the last syllable or the last few syllables. In the above example, "people" rhymes with "steeple" because the last parts of the words both sound like "-eeple". Whereas not many words rhyme with purple, because they would have to end in "-erple" sound.

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 8:30am

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Merge is correct. It's shortened to be coloquial. Just like when people say "Don't give me attitude" instead of "He has a bad attitude." But the reason why there is no article is because in the first two cases "shit" is used to sort of describe the situation or how bad something is. Whereas in the third example, "shit" is used as a noun, as in a physical thing, just like you could use "I don't give a rat's ass". In the first two, bull-shit and shit are used to illustrate the degree of negativity.

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 2:59am

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I agree with the above. "few" is used to describe how many people are there. "A few" is used as sort of a noun. But they basically mean the same thing. Many times in English, phrases are shortened. So "a few" probably was originally said as "a very few".

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 2:48am

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I could not describe this reasoning more beautifully than the post above. But, take into consideration that many times in English, sentences are shortened to save time and space. Therefore sometimes small articles like "a" and "the" can be deleted with the same meaning being implied. I know, it's so confusing. But usually when kids learn English in schools, the teachers usually tell them to listen to other people having conversations, or when you read, read outloud. Soon you will have an "ear" for the English language. In a way, you will be able to tell what things "sound right" and what things "sound wrong."

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 2:41am

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Both emotionality and emotion are nouns. But emotionality is concerns with representing the nature of someone or something's "emotion". For example, if I were to say "Dyske is a very sensitive person. Sometimes he can't control his emotions." You could respond by saying, "I can't explain why I am like that, it is just my emotionality." I soppose both words could be used interchangeably, but most people use emotion because the latter is rather redundant.

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 2:30am

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Well, in this case, "A" is the item's name. So rather than calling it a knife or a gun, we call it "exhibit A". Sort of a pseudonym. So since A is its name, you call it A instead of "an A". Just like you would say "Look, there is Dyske over there" instead of saying "Look, there is a Dyske over there."

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 2:24am

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In this case, "discipline" refers to feilds of study. Just like "disciple" means "follower or pupil." This would be a noun or thing, whereas disciplined would be a verb. I know, it's confusing. English doesn't really makes sense all the time. :)

Evelyn November 23, 2002, 2:21am

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