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Oct
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answered Why does “klick” mean kilometer in US military slang?
Oct
4
answered Expression regarding a periodic task
Sep
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answered OK to use two “there”s in a sentence?
Sep
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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
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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
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revised More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
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Sep
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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
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awarded  Critic
Sep
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answered Use of “good” and “well”
Sep
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answered More than 1000 gallons of paint is/are sold each day
Sep
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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
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answered Express a phrase as compound
Aug
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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
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awarded  Editor
Aug
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comment What's the word for the property of being divisible by a particular number?
The word is "even". If x(even) = "true" then x is divisible by 2. (don't know how to do subscripts, use your imagination)
Aug
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answered “Moved to trash” vs. “moved to the trash”