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Hey, I am a computer scientist and enthusiast programmer, who sometimes worries too much about architecture/design.

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If you wonder why I didn't accept your answer, although it is obviously the right thing: Usually, I like to wait at least an hour before accepting anything, often I wait a day or so.

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kernel: linux
distro: debian
interface: xmonad+gnome
text: vim
web: opera
mail: icedove (aka thunderbird)
programming: c++, bash
speak: de, en, es (rusty), fr (very! limited)
rcs: git
scifi: The Matrix, Star Trek, Doctor Who, Firefly

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awarded  Caucus
May
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comment Must cookies contain chocolate in BrE?
@oerkelens: Just think of how the internet would be if the people at Netscape would have been British :)
May
9
accepted Must cookies contain chocolate in BrE?
May
9
comment Must cookies contain chocolate in BrE?
@ErikKowal: Wikipedia does
May
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asked Must cookies contain chocolate in BrE?
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awarded  Notable Question
Nov
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awarded  Popular Question
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May
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awarded  Citizen Patrol
May
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comment Question about likely vulgar expressions
Where do you get from that the meaning of "to screw sb." has the same roots as "to screw sth. up". There are examples for both cases: compare "to fuck sth. up" (clear vulgar connection) and "to mess sth. up" (no apparent vulgar connection). You seem to imply "screw" to fall in the first category without giving the second a second thought.
Feb
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awarded  Popular Question
Jan
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accepted What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?
Jan
10
comment What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?
Thanks to your information I found a very good site describing how the present participle phrase works.
Jan
9
comment What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?
note: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fred_Flintstone
Jan
9
comment What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?
@TimLymington: Hmmm, I think you're right, it should read "what", shouldn't it?
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asked What is the grammatical construct using present progressive in relative clauses called?
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awarded  Popular Question
Dec
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accepted What do you call “to be to” constructions and are they proper/good English?
Dec
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comment What do you call “to be to” constructions and are they proper/good English?
Thanks, that makes sense. Still, my main concern was whether this was formal English in the stricter sense and fit for formal texts.