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Software developer, with over 20 years' experience of Unix and Windows, but who would honestly rather have his head in a book most of the time.


Mar
23
answered Present Continuous instead of Present Perfect Continuous?
Mar
23
answered what's the word to describe work that is a waste of effort?
Mar
23
answered Verbs to describe how light moves
Feb
8
awarded  Nice Answer
Aug
22
comment Is there a word for someone who really has their act together
This must be Thursday. I never could get the hang of Thursdays.
Aug
6
awarded  Yearling
Jun
19
awarded  Nice Answer
Apr
23
answered Single word for “unqualified truth”
Apr
19
comment How to write out numbers in compliance with British usage?
@Cerberus is correct. General rule is and only before numbers below 100. But J.R., in British usage, it's a cheque, and we still keep the and unless space is tight.
Apr
18
answered How would you say 'go round the houses' in a formal way?
Apr
18
revised Word for someone who overly nurtures their online image
deleted 10 characters in body
Apr
18
comment Comma placement in “Another, just as important, aspect”
"Another equally important aspect" would express it just as clearly and without any commas. Bad for word count, though.
Apr
18
answered Word for someone who overly nurtures their online image
Apr
18
comment Another “which” question
Yes, the clue here is in the word makes, which must refer to a singular noun, and how, you might ask, could the leaf make the tea popular all by itself? But it's the sort of thing you have to read a couple of times to convince yourself that you've read it the right way.
Apr
18
answered Telling someone that they are rude
Apr
18
answered Another “which” question
Apr
18
comment Comma usage near title in quotes
I've seen the embedded comma in US-style speech, but never in titles. I think even in US-style writing, the comma would be best left outside the quotation marks.
Apr
18
comment Do you say “thirty past six”?
And similarly, one would never say fifteen past or fifteen to but quarter past/to instead. You would only specify minute values like fifteen, thirty or forty-five when saying the hour first, e.g. six thirty. Awkward numbers like twenty-nine would be fine this way too: we might say six twenty-nine (if reading a digital clock) but never twenty-nine past six unless for deliberate comic effect.
Apr
18
comment Grammaticality of “a high number of”
In principle, there's nothing really wrong with describing numbers as high or low, but I think it's more natural to speak of large/great or small numbers.
Apr
18
comment Make a … of himself
I don't suppose "making a statue of himself" would involve behaving like a statue.