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location Helsinki, Finland
age 35
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seen Jun 17 at 8:48

I'm a second-language speaker of what I believe is a fairly "neutral" flavour of English (if such a thing exists), mainly influenced by British and American varieties. I tend to prefer British spellings but I'm afraid I sound more American when I talk. :-)

I take an interest in languages, their evolution and history, and all those subtle variations between different dialects and registers. After secondary school I was actually close to going to study English Philology at university, but ended up taking Computer Science instead. Now I am a software developer by profession, and languages remain mainly a hobby for me. (Not only a hobby, as I think good prose writing skills are important in my field. For the last 10 years or so English has been the main written language I've used at work.)

Besides English and my native Finnish, I'm nowadays quite adept at Spanish too (it's my favourite language in a way, especially if spoken with a Cuban accent and when drunk). My Swedish and German are rusty, but re-learnable if need arises.


Aug
20
comment “just because… doesn't mean…”
I tend to agree with Steve. Another nice way would be to replace "just because" with "the fact that": "The fact that I'm inexperienced doesn't mean that I lack perception"
Aug
20
revised How should one answer a business phone?
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Aug
19
comment Should “Project Manager” be capitalized?
Yes. And of course there are other contexts where a title like "Project Manager" would typically be capitalised, such as one's business card, CV, or LinkedIn profile.
Aug
19
revised 'to check' versus 'to verify'
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Aug
19
revised When is the present perfect tense used instead of the past tense?
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Aug
19
revised When should one use the comma versus the semicolon, and vice versa?
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Aug
19
revised How is the jussive mood rendered in English?
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Aug
19
revised “did shoot” vs “shot”
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Aug
19
revised “May” & “Might”: What's the right context?
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Aug
19
revised When is it appropriate to use “titled” vs. “entitled”?
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Aug
19
comment When should one use the comma versus the semicolon, and vice versa?
Similar yeah, in that semicolons are involved, but an exact duplicate (as someone has stated as his vote-to-close reason)? Hardly.
Aug
19
comment Proper usage of “since” and “from” with regard to duration of time
If OP's native language is Italian, I guess the misunderstanding might stem from there. (Spanish, relatively close to Italian, at least has a construct like "desde hace 10 minutos", literally "since 10 minutes ago"...)
Aug
19
comment Terms for collections of animals
Murder of crows, eh? Eerie. Never run into this feature of English before, but it's kinda fascinating (if bizarre); +1 for bringing it up.
Aug
19
comment When should I use “a” vs “an”?
+1 for clearing up any confusion. That blog post is hilarious; full-on outrage against an imaginary feature of English grammar. :-P
Aug
19
revised Is it “bear” or “bare” with me?
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Aug
19
revised All together vs. Altogether
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Aug
18
revised What are the following words called: Am, Is, Are, Was, Were, Be, Being, Been?
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Aug
18
revised Are there diagnostic tests to distinguish between proper and common nouns?
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Aug
18
revised Where should the comma be placed in the salutation of a letter?
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Aug
18
revised Why are days of the week proper nouns?
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