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You can re-arrange any sentence to remove a dangling prepostion, so by leaving one in your sentence it implies that you speak without carefully thinking first.

illuminatiscott June 15, 2006, 5:18am

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Or you could put the sic in after every sentence in your paper and absolve yourself from all blame whatsoever! Im joking, but still...

illuminatiscott June 15, 2006, 5:16am

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To clarify the reasoning, "than one" is a prepositional phrase. Words in prepositional phrases do not count toward plurality, so the question comes down to "there is (a) user" vs "there are (a user)". I think you know which is correct.

illuminatiscott June 15, 2006, 5:13am

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Although It is strongly preferred to not use a question mark in such a sentence, there is reason to do so. Question marks do not necessarily imply that a question has been asked, they merely imply that the speaker is in a state of confusion or curiosity. Therefore a question mark would be marginally acceptable in "I wonder why."

illuminatiscott June 15, 2006, 5:07am

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When you say "this is her/she," you are not implying the word "speaking." In fact what you are doing is equating yourself to the person for whom the caller is asking. If the caller is asking for Sarah, one could accomplish the same thing by saying "I am Sarah." But instead you are replacing the word "I" with "this" and "Sarah" with the nominative pronoun, in this case "she."

If you still don't buy it, take latin for example (in latin, the rules about which words go in which cases (nominative/accusative/etc) are about smack-on to our own, but they are easier to see because of case endings.) In latin, Sarah would say "ego sum sara" or "I am sarah", and the same grammatical markings would appear on "haec est ea" or "this is she."

illuminatiscott June 15, 2006, 5:03am

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