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Aug
20
answered Verb meaning “to robust”
Aug
20
comment Is there a rule for when contractions are not possible?
tchrist, funny you choose this phrase, because it's an excellent example. In this case, choosing the contracted form "I'm" actually changes the nuance of the sentence: The stress for "I'm sure" is the second word, "sure". The message is the choice of the word sure: the best word, the word that I have chosen to describe what I AM is: "Sure." If I spell out the contraction, "I am sure" the message changes ever so slightly. Here the word sure is a given, but what I'm stressing is the state of the sureness: I AM sure. I'm affirming that I really AM sure.
Aug
19
comment What is the correct use of foundation in / foundation of?
I'd write it this way: .."The objective of the lessons is to provide a solid foundation for the science and techniques necessary for that understanding." but the sentence is a bit of a mess. It's not very clear if the foundation is for the science or the techniques, and which of them are necessary for "that understanding" But I'd definitely use "for".
Aug
19
answered “Hang in” vs. “hang on”
Aug
19
answered What is the correct use of foundation in / foundation of?
Aug
15
comment Usage of third person form for first person
Fair enough. Perhaps simply "uneducated".
Aug
15
answered Is it correct to write “backup” as a noun?
Aug
15
answered Usage of third person form for first person
Aug
14
comment Difference between “fell to the ground” vs. “fell on the ground”
No disagreement on the sense of drama; "to the ground" is often used to convey drama. But note that you naturally substituted "to her knees" as equivalent to "to the ground". Whereas falling "on the ground" generally conveys something more like tripping, where you bodily land on the ground.
Aug
14
comment Why “lemon” for a faulty or defective item?
Especially in an ancient context, where they did not enjoy the access that we have to a large variety of fruits from various regions: If I only occasionally had access to a fruit, then a lemon would be my least favorite by far.
Aug
14
comment What is the difference between “unbeliever” and “disbeliever”
Disbeliever is not in common use Agreed. I've never heard of someone being labelled as a "disbeliever".
Aug
14
answered What is the meaning of “We went back and forth, but there was nothing we could do.”
Aug
14
answered Difference between “fell to the ground” vs. “fell on the ground”
Aug
14
answered Can I say “I have some apprehensions”?
Aug
14
answered “Walk my way” in the following
Aug
13
answered For each vs for every
Aug
12
comment Contemporary written usage of “whom” in objective case
This is precisely the kind of discussion up with which I will not put.
Aug
11
answered “Never saw” versus “didn't ever see”
Aug
9
comment Tea for the Tillerman
Reading the lyrics in context, we have rewards for the bringer of the rain, the sun itself, and the "tillerman". What goes with the rain and the sun? The tiller of the soil.
Aug
9
answered “so death swings open on its hinge”