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March 16, 2012
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I'm more concerned about your last sentence: 'How serious is it to mandate that my international include this comma?'
It's American idiom. I've never heard it in England.
'Nervous of performing' sounds right to my ear.
I rather like the saying, "If you've got an issue, get a tissue."
Hairy - you're absolutely right: 'three laning' is indeed ugly.
@vwmollWelcome to the forum. If you care about the language, you'll fit in seamlessly. Yes - you're absolutely right - we can get tetchy from time to time. You'll get used to it.Skeet
I wonder if the Duke meant 'same exact' in the modern sense. Possible he meant that the Order was 'exact', that is, neat and soldierly, just as on exercise.
WAIT HERE UNTIL RED LIGHT SHOWS. Shows what?
Saying aN Historic is an absurdity. Until comparatively recently, it was correct not to aspirate such words as hotel. That is why in older novels, one tends to see 'an hotel'. It was, of course, pronounced, by duke and dustman alike, 'an 'otel'.
@Jayles. "Interest rates increased." Good example. Clever old interest rates.It leaves one wondering where the rest of the sentence is. I don't mind the passive in moderation so long as it is a true passive, not this strange form that obeys no rule of logic.
Oddly, in my previous post I was about to do the same thing myself. I nearly wrote, "The sentences should read this way." Sentences don't read. People do.
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