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Dec
20
answered “Took off” or “taken off”?
Nov
18
comment “Hard disk” vs. “Hard drive” vs. “Hard disk drive”
For additional support: if you bought a computer advertising a "hard drive", you would rightly take it back to the store and complain if you found that the "hard drive" didn't actually include any disks :)
Nov
18
comment “Hard disk” vs. “Hard drive” vs. “Hard disk drive”
Agreed - there is no practical difference (for the consumer) because of the nature of hard disks drives - they come in a single unit, the disks cannot be easily removed and interchanged (as for floppies), so unless you're a highly specialised engineer designing or manufacturing them, there is no need to distinguish between the storage medium and the equipment built around it.
Nov
18
comment Test question need help
Teachers are often wrong, but telling you you're wrong is not necessarily bullying. Telling a teacher bluntly "you're wrong" is just asking for trouble and never helps you or them. Take it as a learning experience about human nature and move on.
Nov
18
comment Test question need help
medias is not the plural of media :)
Nov
18
comment “They weren’t much concern” or “They weren’t much of a concern”?
Not wrong, I think, but I'd rather word it in a way that makes it clear who is concerned (or not concerned, as the case may be), e.g. "He wasn't concerned [about them] as long as they didn't catch him."
Nov
18
comment Why do we hyphenate between numbers? Example: twenty-six
"two hundred ten year old trees" is not ambiguous, it means "200 trees that are each 10 years old". "two hundred and ten year old trees" would mean "trees which are 210 years old".
Nov
18
comment Analogy Question
Pirates wear Earrings; Pimps wear Jewelry .... ok, makes sense I guess. I don't know what the relationship between Pimps and Bail is though, so I couldn't guess what the "equivalent" for Pirates would be.
Oct
21
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Oct
16
comment Would the shortening of a word constitute the use of an apostrophe?
I think tris would be confusing. However, if it's in written form why wouldn't you spell triceps out fully?
Aug
25
comment What do you call the people getting married in a wedding?
The roles played by a bride vs. a groom in a wedding are so different that they deserve separate terms, i.e. I would almost always prefer "bride and groom" rather than any singular term. "betrothed" - maybe, but would need context to indicate it's referring to both people (since it would normally be referring to the other person from the perspective of the bride or groom)
Aug
25
comment Could the possessive pronoun be eligible for the pronoun “the latter”?
The terms "former" and "latter" should always cause the reader to look for two subjects; and the context in this case demands they be people (or, at least, things that can "sustain" people). Since there are two people mentioned ("He", and "Mason") then it logically follows that it is Mason. The fact that the latter is combined with a possessive doesn't really come into it.
Apr
10
comment Alternative to “daydream” without the pleasant connotation
I would have said visualised except that the word suggests a very intentional action, whereas daymare suggests the partally involuntary nature of what I imagine you're describing.
Mar
15
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Jan
21
answered Is it correct to use a comma in the following case?
Dec
18
comment how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
From the semantic point of view we can bolster this claim; for example, "and other local taxes" implies that the "property taxes" here are merely one example from a set.
Dec
18
comment how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
There are arguments from both syntax and semantics, both based on the logic of interpretation (i.e. start by assuming the writer wrote the way they did deliberately). If the writer wanted to give a list it would be make it less clear to use multiple and's - they should use commas (e.g. Property taxes, other local taxes, state taxation, and spending may not be...). Since they didn't choose this, one can can make the inference that the and's convey more meaning than just delimiting a list.
Dec
18
answered how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
Dec
18
comment how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
I would only read it as state spending may not...
Dec
18
comment how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
The only other interpretations I can think of make the assumption that the original writer made a typographical error. But if I start with the assumption that they knew what they were doing, I would only read it the way we've said.