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comment Abbreviation for “or the rest” (or “or others”)?
Or possibly "vel cetera"?
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answered Abbreviation for “or the rest” (or “or others”)?
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answered “in” vs “on” vs “at” with “rarely used code paths”
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comment Is this an example of a dangling modifier?
I would be inclined to say that "finding (a person)" and "studying history" are both active endeavors that a single person is unlikely to pursue at the same time, making the sentence less ambiguous than if "found" were "met" or "stumbled into", or some other more passive activity. (And, to be clear, I'm not talking about active/passive in the grammatical sense.)
Dec
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comment the good guys and the bad guys
@Barmar: protagonist and antagonist refer to the characters' roles in the narrative, not to positive and negative action. A common counterexample is Macbeth, where it's easy to see Macbeth, the protagonist, as the villain. (There are other more clear-cut examples, though.)
Dec
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answered Mutually exclusive and not mutually exclusive
Dec
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comment Plural adjective not followed by noun
I have absolutely no idea what that greyed out box is for or what information it's trying to convey.
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comment Plural adjective not followed by noun
First, English does not have plural adjectives, or any sort of declension of adjectives. Second, it is not being used in your sentence as an adjective, but as a noun. That said, while "phonetics" can refer to the science specifically, Merriam-Webster also defines it as "the system of speech sounds of a language".
Dec
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comment Plural adjective not followed by noun
FWIW, such a word might be "assonance", "consonance", "alliteration", "rhyme", or "rhythm". The only term I've heard that encompasses all of those things is "sound device", which is not a well-known term and is likely to be more confusing than "phonetics".
Dec
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comment Plural adjective not followed by noun
Okay, that's a good point. I don't know if "phonetics" precisely conveys what you mean. However, unless you're looking for a word with a very specific meaning, it's likely to be easily understood.
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answered Plural adjective not followed by noun
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comment Finding the definition of Pineburr
If it's actually on Cisco campus, those are not public roads, and were probably named by Cisco.
Dec
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comment What is a cross-nibbed pen?
@medica: In that case, it is unclear to me what makes that nib cross-nibbed.
Dec
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comment usage of to.. in the form of “noun+to+verb”
I think the part that you're missing is that English uses "to" to introduce the infinitive form of the verb. It is not another part of speech (despite the fact that "to" is also used as a preposition); it's basically part of the verb.
Dec
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comment “conal” vs “conical”
Simply "conic" seems to be used in most mathematical cases: "conic sections", for example. There is also the "conical frustrum" though.
Dec
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comment What is a cross-nibbed pen?
That's a good find, but I don't think that the metal fountain pen you have a picture of is an accurate example. The description in the text is a little unclear, but it sounds to me as if cross-nibbing is cutting the sharp tip off to make a broader or perhaps less scratchy nib.
Dec
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comment including or included?
I think that the latter would sound more natural with "me" replaced by "myself".