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Apr
17
comment Difference between “does have” and “has”
It's never really necessary, but it would sometimes be odd not to add the emphasis. "How is she going to get there when she doesn't have a car?" "But she does have a car!" You could also answer "But she has a car!"; it's perfectly grammatical, but it's not quite idiomatic.
Apr
11
comment Can Present Perfect be used for Past Conditional
Also, "I thought as if" is not idiomatic in most dialects of English I've heard. "I felt as if" is more usual.
Mar
22
comment Don't you think we went
@MattЭллен what is an oyster card?
Mar
21
comment “At least make this” vs “make this at least” - which is grammatical?
"Schroedingers Cat" commenting on a question about making cats predictable... !
Mar
20
comment Is “Please to” proper English?
@BenJackson I'm pretty sure I've also seen Russians do this a fair bit. Probably others as well.
Mar
17
comment Word regarding a lyric remembered wrongly
I can certainly think of occasions where the artist quite simply did not sing the official lyric. Not to mention occasions where the official lyric is clearly less poetic than what I hear. :)
Mar
17
comment Meaning of “one in his/her own underwear”
In the workplace, there is a definite risk of that, yes. It's not an overly common expression; best policy is to not be offended if you hear it, and avoid using it if you aren't sure you won't offend.
Mar
1
comment “Rounded”, “heaping” and other types of teaspoon(fuls)?
General reference for the first part (seriously, try putting "rounded teaspoon" into Google); no difference for the second part.
Feb
26
comment “I can't help it.” Why help?
@ivancho sorry(,) I couldn't help (it). ;)
Feb
26
comment “I can't help it.” Why help?
There's nothing to explain. It's just one of the things that the verb can mean.
Feb
26
comment “I can't help it.” Why help?
As far as I can tell, it's simply one of the ascribed meanings.
Feb
23
comment What is the word for an applied template?
Why is the fact that it came from a template relevant? Is the created-from-template nature evident in the final result (and if so, is the intent to point that out)? Why not just call it whatever you'd have called it otherwise?
Feb
23
comment Stop if you feel faint or pain!
In other words, faulty parallelism. :/
Feb
22
comment What is the the origin of the expression “chop chop”?
sources for preservation in their own right, surely? Speaking of eggcorns...
Feb
22
comment Another word for “apply”?
Why do you want to use something else?
Feb
14
comment What form of verb is “thank” in “thank you”?
@Tor That's only performative in a metaphorical sense - typically.
Feb
11
comment “Location” vs. “locality”
I think that e.g. in the sense of computer science terms like "locality of reference", locality also has a meaning like "property of remaining localized", i.e. unmoving.
Jan
30
comment What's the opposite of “oxymoron”?
"redundancy" isn't quite an antonym for "contradiction", though...
Jan
30
comment You are waking up the whole house
I doubt that alliteration plays into it. See the example in @tenfour's answer on my comment.
Jan
30
comment You are waking up the whole house
Thanks for the edit, RegDwight! That's much more accurate. Anyway for the OP, 'whole' is just an intensifier, but it gives a bit of a clue to the metonymic usage as well... "the whole <container>" is sort of a set phrase.