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Oops... how do you edit a comment? Should be "farther", not "father".
August 4, 2013, 1:34am
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."
August 4, 2013, 1:33am
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."
August 4, 2013, 1:29am
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.
August 4, 2013, 1:27am
The phrase was certainly given impetus by the old AT&T ad campaign: "Reach out and touch someone."
August 4, 2013, 1:24am
The logic of "You got another thing coming" is clear in its meaning: something else (unexpected or unwanted) is on its way.
October 2, 2012, 6:27pm
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.
October 1, 2012, 8:11am
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!
August 7, 2012, 1:09am
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.
August 1, 2012, 2:18am
One I see on those survival shows is "cordage". And some guys say "babeage" when describing high proportions of available young women.
April 5, 2012, 11:19pm
"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.
February 19, 2012, 12:49am
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".
December 24, 2011, 7:25pm
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