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That word processor is Microsoft Word, I bet. I get the same thing: I type in something like "The new strategy he had proposed was key to the success of the project" and Word flags "key" as being wrong. It's a flaw in the word processor, because the usage of "key" is correct here.

bubbha June 6, 2016, 10:34am

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Oops... how do you edit a comment? Should be "farther", not "father".

bubbha August 3, 2013, 9:34pm

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I learned that "father" is used with physical distances, while "further" is used elsewhere:

"He drove even farther into Canada today."
"Further research was necessary."

bubbha August 3, 2013, 9:33pm

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It's just an expression; nothing to fret about. In fact, it has a bit of a humorous feel because the expression is somewhat absurd under analysis. Like "Same old same old."

bubbha August 3, 2013, 9:29pm

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In this sense (as a "complementizer"), "that" is optional. Using it can make more complex sentences clearer. It can also help make a sentence more formal.

bubbha August 3, 2013, 9:27pm

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The phrase was certainly given impetus by the old AT&T ad campaign: "Reach out and touch someone."

bubbha August 3, 2013, 9:24pm

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The logic of "You got another thing coming" is clear in its meaning: something else (unexpected or unwanted) is on its way.

bubbha October 2, 2012, 2:27pm

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The phrase "If that’s what you think, you’ve got another think coming" is a play on words that incorporates the older term "You've got another thing coming," changing "thing" to "think" for humorous and meaningful effect.

bubbha October 1, 2012, 4:11am

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Yes, it bothers me big time. The logical structure of the sentence has a strong natural break before the conjunction. It's certainly a stronger break than what comes after the conjunction. If a comma is place after a conjunction, ideally there should be a semicolon before it.

My biggest peeve is when a comma is placed after "therefore", but not before.

Example: "I completed the project before the deadline and therefore, I started working on another one." Uggghhh!

bubbha August 6, 2012, 9:09pm

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The term "the late" meaning "the recently deceased" can't be given the "-est" ending, so "the latest" can't possibly have any connotation of death.

bubbha July 31, 2012, 10:18pm

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One I see on those survival shows is "cordage". And some guys say "babeage" when describing high proportions of available young women.

bubbha April 5, 2012, 7:19pm

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"literally" means "according to the face value of the words", so if you said you "literally bumped into someone", it would mean you collided with him rather than merely meeting him by chance.

bubbha February 18, 2012, 7:49pm

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In older English, "ye" was the plural of "thee": it was the plural objective case. As such, you can't say "ye are"; thus no "ye're".

"you" was plural of "thou"; it was also the formal singular (like "vous" in French).

Eventually, "thou" fell out of fashion as being too familiar and impolite sounding, and was supplanted by the formal "you". "ye" eventually merged into "you", leaving us with today's all-purpose second person pronoun.

The possessives were "your" and "yours".

There are some dialects of English where "you" is pronounced "ye", so in such a case you would find "ye're".

bubbha December 24, 2011, 2:25pm

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