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Mar
21
comment Is there a single-word noun for an overwhelming feeling that uses “overwhelm” as its root?
to quote an old hymn, "..'Neath the whelming flood...." If you simply say "whelming" it carries the "over" meaning with it. So go to the root: An "overwhelming" feeling is in fact a "flood" of feelings.
Dec
20
comment How do you define broke and broke into?
Just my impression, but I think using the phrase "broke into (x region)" comes not so much from breaking into a physical location as it does the aviation term, "breaking into" as in "We broke into clear air above 4,000 ft..." Like a plane "breaks into" a new stratum, so the speaker "broke into" the six figure stratum...
Oct
8
answered Why does “klick” mean kilometer in US military slang?
Oct
4
answered Expression regarding a periodic task
Sep
28
answered OK to use two “there”s in a sentence?
Sep
6
comment Use of “good” and “well”
@StoneyB I agree. You done good in your comment!
Sep
6
comment More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
To say otherwise is to ignore the reality that paint is sold in discrete-unit containers.
Sep
6
comment More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
It's true that most liquids, in most contexts, are of infinitely variable quantity. But reference to gallons of paint being sold is a special case. Paint is essentially never sold in variable quantities. It's sold in discrete units, such as spray cans, hobby cans, quart cans, gallons, or five-gallon cans. And the smaller quantities are not additive: If you sold 4 pint-cans and 2 quart-cans of paint today, you wouldn't say, "I sold one gallon of paint today." You'd say, "I sold 4 pint-cans and 2 quart-cans." Because the OBJECTS (the cans of paint) are what we're selling.
Sep
6
revised More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
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Sep
6
comment More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
I disagree. Perhaps in the context of paint manufacturing the paint would be a mass noun. But in the selling of paint, a "gallon of paint" is an object, and my local paint store has many of them. Yesterday they may have sold more than 1000 of them
Sep
6
comment More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
+1, as I agree to your point that the singularity/plurality depends on the context. But I would point out that the role of the word gallons in fact depends on that context: It's either a modifier of more, or it is a noun, the subject of the sentence.
Sep
6
comment More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
I disagree. Perhaps in the context of paint manufacturing the paint would be a mass noun. But in the selling of paint, a "gallon of paint" is an object, and my local paint store has many of them. Yesterday they may have sold more than 1000 of them.
Sep
6
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Sep
6
answered Use of “good” and “well”
Sep
6
answered More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
Sep
6
comment “View data” is to “observance” as “control data” is to what?
In this sense I disagree. While "manipulation" in general has a Machiavellian overtone, in the strict sense of computer data, it's merely the corollary to "observe/view". If you take even one step away from the raw data itself, as in "manipulating a report of computer data", then the evil connotation returns. But at the level of setting or reading bits/bytes, "manipulation" is merely the act of setting bits as opposed to reading them.
Sep
4
answered Express a phrase as compound
Aug
31
answered “View data” is to “observance” as “control data” is to what?
Aug
20
comment Curious about the type of humour employed by Twitter's @AntiJokeCat?
My personal favorite: The Pope, President Obama, and a boy scout walk into a bar; and the bartender says, "What is this, some kind of joke?"
Aug
20
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