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This is called paraprosdokian. A paraprosdokian (from Greek "παρα-", meaning "beyond" and "προσδοκία", meaning "expectation") is a figure of speech in which the latter part of a sentence or phrase is surprising or unexpected in a way that causes the reader or listener to reframe or reinterpret the first part. It is frequently used for humorous or ...


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If you delete the most of all and rewrite it as a bulletted list, the problem becomes clear: We hope you will find our Qualifications to be: well-organized concise to exceed your expectations Your sentence treats well-organized, concise and to exceed your expectations as being in the same grammatical category. well-organized and concise ...


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It is equivalent to "Let civil liberties be damned"


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Sentences 1 and 3 are both correct. Sentence 1 is a counterfactual conditional sentence, and sentence 3 is a factual conditional sentence. Factual: In these constructions, the condition clause expresses a condition the truth of which is unverified. Counterfactual: In these constructions, the condition clause expresses a condition that is known to ...


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This is mainly a philosophical problem: what are opposites? You can only have opposites if you have a frame of reference. In one context, the opposite of man can be woman; in another, it can be beast or nature or child, and so on. Metaphorically speaking, you need a mirror to reflect against, or a hinge to pivot around. You need to reduce the number of ...


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Although Martin's answer is correct, the meaning is indeed equivalent to let…, it fails to explain the actual grammar behind. civil liberties be damned. This sentence uses subjunctive mood. It can be recognized because verbs in subjunctive present use the bare infinitive for all persons. For most verbs it makes no difference but for the 3rd person. For ...


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We have moved away from obsoleted and technologies being deprecated. makes no sense. "Obsoleted" what? You have an adjective and no noun to modify. You would be better off saying We have moved away from technologies that are obsoleted or being deprecated. Perhaps you could also say something like We have moved away from obsoleted and ...


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I find this undocumented but fairly compelling: You betcha-- Contraction of "you bet your...." (life, ass, money, etc.). Also "you betcher", as in You betcha! or You betcher ass! (from http://www.urbandictionary.com/define.php?term=You%20Betcha)


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Best is the superlative not only of the adjective good, but also of the adverb well and has the meaning, in the OED’s definition, in the most excellent way, in the most eminent degree; in the most suitable manner, with the greatest advantage, to the fullest extent. As best you can means in the best possible way you are able. You might well wonder why it ...


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They're both fine. "Had you been there" sounds a bit archaic or formal to my ear but there are probably (native English speaking) communities that prefer it. "If you'd been there" is probably even more common.


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The phrase "I'm not understand" is constructed... well... badly. It's simply incorrect. Your two alternatives are correct. You can use do understand or is understanding, but you can't use do understanding or is understand. You use do with the verb in base form, and is with the verb in present participle form.


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There's a simple rule regarding semicolons: they are used instead of full stops. Can you put a full stop in this sentence? No. Hence, no semicolon!


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I would go with: As you’ll see in my enclosed resume, I have the educational background, professional experience and track record you are looking for. The clauses in this sentence are not "independent enough" to warrant a semicolon. The "for which" sounds a bit complicated. "look for" (make sure, ascertain, anticipate or expect) is better than "a ...


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Google you can? http://www.google.com/search?q=yoda+speech+pattern gives among many others http://grammar.quickanddirtytips.com/subject-verb-object-order.aspx Yoda's speech patterns became more consistent as more movies came out. In essence, George Lucas became more practiced in Yodish and settled into a consistent set of rules. For example, in the ...


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I'd have to say that's a typographical error; the first "a" is out of place and the phrase doesn't make sense in that sentence (nor would it anywhere that I can think of). I think the author probably meant to say this (my emphasis on some of the phrases): The major shift here is that we treat both Entities and Users Groups as very cheap resources. ...


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Yes the "it" refers to something concrete. Exactly what is not entirely clear, but ambiguity is not the same as existential. The questioner is probably referring to the laptop, Windows 7, the installation process or a similarly nebulous concept (Sorry David Schwartz!). The concept is only nebulous if you understand the detail and know that there are ...


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Want is not causative. A Causative verb can be paraphrased as "cause S to be true", where S is some proposition that might refer to an event (e.g, cause it to explode) an action (cause someone to trip) a state (cause someone to be dead) These are, respectively, paraphrases for the causative transitive verbs explode, trip, and kill. All causative verbs ...


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This construction has been explored over on English Language & Usage, and there's an interesting and more thorough treatment here. The bottom line is there's nothing "grammatically incorrect" about "Just because X doesn't mean Y", but there are definitely some peculiarities. Not least that we're happier with "mean", rather than alternatives such as ...


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Based on context, Qualifications would have to be taken to be some kind of written document, but none of the senses of the noun "qualification" in e.g. Merriam-Webster could be construed to refer to a document. So either it's some kind of jargon, or it's a wrong use of the word "qualification." If it's some kind of jargon, that would need to be explained for ...


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The Macmillan dictionary says: someone/something be damned OLD-FASHIONED used for saying that you do not care at all about someone or something. Art be damned! This is rubbish! Z to do Y, X be damned means that Z doesn't care about X. There's no necessity for additional words in this construction, but, as Erik points out, [and] let [the] is omitted ...


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"X to the rescue" is an idiom that means that X is coming to save us from a bad situation. It means that const will be the solution to the problem. Using this idiom is a more playful and informal way of saying this.


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I have to agree with you. Collins Dictionary defines "subsection": a section of a section; subdivision It is certainly grammatically correct to use either word, and I think it is semantically correct both ways as well. However, as you say, writing "Subsection 2.3" it introducing redundancy, as it is (as you say) blatantly obvious that section 2.3 is a ...


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Because of their etymology. ORIGIN Middle English: from Anglo-Norman French, from Old French carpentier, charpentier, from late Latin carpentarius (artifex) ‘carriage (maker),’ from carpentum ‘wagon,’ of Gaulish origin; related to car. ORIGIN Middle English: from an Anglo-Norman French variant of Old French bochier, from boc ‘he-goat,’ ...


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The Chicago Manual of Style is mute on the subject of consecutive parentheses, but, I note, doesn't use them in any of its examples. (EDIT: I found their reference regarding back to back parentheses, and expanded my answer.) To apply their guidelines to your sentence, I would use the parentheses for the gloss of VSMOW, and use em dashes to set off the ...


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It most certainly can be attributed to something in particular. "It" could be a dialog box that pops up during the install. "It" could be a line of text, before the installer has gone into a graphical mode. This it is ambiguous, but not existential. It could mean the laptop, Windows 7 -- two nouns that appear in the quotation -- or any number of implied ...


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There is a well-known formula that appears to describe the frequency distribution of English words reasonably well: Zipf's law states that given some corpus of natural language utterances, the frequency of any word is inversely proportional to its rank in the frequency table. Thus the most frequent word will occur approximately twice as often as the ...


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In US usage, this form of address is acceptable and common in written materials and in formal speeches. However, while military and political office titles are often used as a form of direct address Mayor Jones, how will you vote? I am reporting for duty, General Puglisi. occupational tiles are rarely used in that fashion. When talking to the ...


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It is an example of anacoluthon: a sentence which starts using one grammatical construction and ending with a different one. (Just like that.) ... find our qualifications to be... to exceed your expectations. A simple grammatical fix is: We hope you will find our qualifications to be well-organized and concise, and most of all, to exceed your ...


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"Had it not rained..." = "If it hadn't rained..." = "Had it not been for the rain..." your answer is: "...the farmers could have lost all of their crops." ("would have lost" would also be correct.) There must be agreement between "condition" and "consequence". If she phones me, I will tell her. (presente simple requires future simple) If she ...



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