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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.


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revised When is “L” doubled?
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revised When is “L” doubled?
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answered When is “L” doubled?
Aug
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answered “Certainly” and “Of course”: what is the difference?
Aug
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comment What’s the rule for using “who” and “whom” correctly?
+1. Great answer, and much more useful than the currently top-voted, accepted one. Just stating the traditional grammar rule is far less interesting than explaining how the language is nowadays used and what is considered correct and "natural".
Aug
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comment Contemporary written usage of “whom” in objective case
Ah, it seems that english.stackexchange.com/questions/56/using-who-and-whom contains some good answers (by nohat and ShreevatsaR) which address my question to some extent
Aug
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answered What are some expressions that can be used to end an email?
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asked Contemporary written usage of “whom” in objective case
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