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May
18
comment Inferred verb? Is it ok to drop the second appearance of the same verb in a sentence?
As per @Araucaria's answer: In the sentence - "The items were entered into the database and the results compared favorably with those from other scenarios." - the portion commencing "compared" is NOT replaceable with "were compared". If "were compared" had in fact been intended the reader may instead have been "garden pathed" [tm] into expecting something like "compared favourably" and would then need to mentally reparse the already read "compared". While readers do this sort of thing 'on the fly' without much conscious effort there is an accompanying undesirable "mental speed bump".
May
15
comment What is a word for a punishment given by people without proper trial instead of the court?
It's always facsinating to see what phantom down-voters consider to be "not useful", although one sometimes wonders..
May
14
revised Proper use of comma before and after therefore
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May
14
comment Proper use of comma before and after therefore
@TimRomano Mayhaps it doth. But consider. If properly handled, the commas demand a very significant pause in delivery. Try saying a sentence written that way and consider how it sounds, or whether you would ever expect to hear that 'in public'. In normal speech the length of pause required would sound like (and would probably be) affectation. It's the sort of thing you expect on stage, or a courtroom. If your fismonger, mechanic or gym instructor started adding audibly discernible pauses to match such commas around words you'd wonder what they were smoking. As they would if you did it. No?
May
14
answered Proper use of comma before and after therefore
May
7
comment Single word that unambigously describes the product of folding
"Fanfold" as a noun. If you formally or contextually define it it will be well enough understood. | Folderol? :-) (aka Fiddlededee)
May
6
comment Is there a name for these verbs?
"Are you going to Scarborough Fair?" -> Future if eg tomorrow. Present if en route Arguably lazy for "are you going to go" or even "Are you going to be going to ... ?" <- Now there's an interesting combination :-). | "We were going to ..." - was present tense when we were doing it.
May
5
comment Is there a name for these verbs?
@Area51DetectiveFiction More seriously: The fact that SOME general use cases are not valid does not per se disprove a propositin re linguistic correctness. That fact that there are only vanishingly few may. But in this case you could build a large number of instances where such uses were valid and natural and many more which were valid albeit somewhat forced. That being so, I wot he's wrong. I may be, though :-).
May
5
comment Is there a name for these verbs?
I can, I think. I think I can. This stuff is hard for any man! I may be wrong. How would I know?. Ah, what a complex row to hoe!
May
5
answered Grammaticality of “if X then A. Otherwise if Y B”
May
5
comment Usage of 'that' in place of 'than'
What Ryan & danni said. ie No. Not ever.
May
5
answered Is there a name for these verbs?
Apr
21
revised Is a lengthy combination of words with hyphens like “the worst not-technically-in-a-recession year in American history” a new fashion of writing?
depression -> recession | Better late than never :-)
Apr
18
answered What is a word for a punishment given by people without proper trial instead of the court?
Apr
11
revised “Things are N1, N2, N3” or “Things are with N1, N2, N3”?
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Apr
11
answered “Things are N1, N2, N3” or “Things are with N1, N2, N3”?
Feb
22
revised Is “layman” an offensive term?
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Feb
18
comment What do you call this mechanical device?
Also "Heath Robinson contraption" or similar. Heath and Rube are very similar.
Jan
29
answered Is “layman” an offensive term?
Jan
17
comment A word for not wanting to talk much
@HotLicks Taciturn came immediately to mind - too good not to be an answer - make it one :-)