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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.
Dec
18
comment how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
Probably just a single comma would be enough: Property taxes and other local taxes, and state taxation and spending may not be...
Dec
18
comment Synonym for “hands-on”
That makes sense, thanks.
Dec
18
comment Word that describes a repeating pattern across orders of magnitude of scale
I'm not a physicist but I'm pretty sure the forces that hold atoms together are not called "gravity". en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fundamental_interaction#The_interactions
Dec
18
comment omitting relative pronoun in a non-restrictive clause
It's the difference between saying "John, who married Susan, sold his house." and "John, having married Susan, sold his house." The latter implies that the marriage led to the sale of the house, whereas the former is ambiguous in this regard.
Dec
18
comment Synonym for “hands-on”
Would you put a hyphen in there, though? I've always written it as I saw him in person.
Dec
18
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Dec
18
comment how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
Otherwise it should have been Property taxes, other local taxes, state taxation, and spending may not be ...
Dec
18
comment how should several “and”s without any punctuation be understood?
I'd look at the preceding text (no, I'm not going to look it up myself) to work out from the context where the groupings are. On my first reading I saw it the way you did: {Property taxes and other local taxes} and {state taxation and spending} may not be ...
Nov
19
comment For the first time - the first time
#2 sounds mildly incorrect to me.
Nov
19
comment For the first time - the first time
"Yesterday I won a prize for the first time." does not necessarily imply that you had been trying to win a prize before yesterday. If it's important you'd make it explicit, e.g. "Yesterday, after many prior losses, I finally won a prize.", or, "I never won a prize until yesterday."