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answered Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name (“grep”)
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comment Deriving a word for the activity of using a tool from the tool name (“grep”)
When you put it that way, grep always makes me weep, so maybe that would be more appropriate.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
@me_and "Your interpretation of a relationship ... may have been embedded in the concept of a relationship itself several decades ago, but SADLY the world has moved on since then." There, fixed that for you. A world where a husband and wife view each other possessively is much more fun.
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comment How to say “She/He is my girlfriend/boyfriend” without the possessive “my”
Non-standard, and especially overly intimate or sentimental descriptions like these, could be inappropriate in many contexts. Like if she accompanies you to the bank when you apply for a loan and the bank officer says, "And who is this?", it would be distinctly weird to say, "Oh, she is my reason for being, the reason why I want to wake up in the morning. She is the light of my life." Like hey, they just want to know if she's going to co-sign the note. They don't want to hear a poetry recital.
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comment 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
@LieRyan Sure, I'd be more likely to say, "My retirement account is at Mercer" or some such. But my point is that the sentence as I gave it is valid and meaningful. Someone MIGHT say it the way I gave in my example if the conversation went a certain way, i.e. if the participants started talking in terms of "which company" rather than "which fund".
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comment 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
@Gilles Quite true. Like if you work in an office, you likely say "my desk" and "my chair", but you don't own these things. The company owns them.
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answered 'The company I work for' cannot be shortened to 'My company'?
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comment What word can fulfill the most parts of speech?
Yes. That was a typo.
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comment What is the plural of Prius?
Well, MOST 1st declension nouns are feminine, MOST 2nd declension are masculine, and MOST 3rd declension are neuter. It's not "completely orthogonal", it's just "somewhat orthogonal". I think it's easier to learn the general rule and the small number of exceptions than to try to learn each individually. Besides, I don't find poeta that jarring as I think of poets as kind of effeminate anyway. :-) But agricola seems totally out of place: doesn't a farmer have to be pretty tough? Especially back then before all the labor-saving devices.
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comment What do you call second-party quotes within a quote?
... "he said ...", etc.
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comment What do you call second-party quotes within a quote?
If someone says, "In a phone call he said, 'We are making ...'", I understand that to mean that "We are making ..." is an exact quote, not a paraphrase. If you want to convey that it's a paraphrase, you can say something like, "In a phone call he said that they are making ..." It can be more difficult to distinguish an exact quote from a paraphrase in speech than in print, as the audience can't see the quote marks, but there are some pretty common conventions to make the difference. Like if you're paraphrasing, you don't say "we", you say "they". And you say "he said that ..." rather than ...
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comment Word describing “Nothing Changed”
"Status quo EST status quo ante." An equal sign is not valid Latin.
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comment “Some” — singular vs plural
@NicolasBarbulesco Yes, I'm a native of the U.S. "yours", "mine", etc, seem like curious words to me. Sometimes we use "mine" as the possessive of "me", that is, instead of saying "me's". Like the parallel to "This book is Bob's" is "This book is mine." But then we don't use it when the word is placed before the noun. "This is Bob's book" becomes "This is my book." I'm not sure why we need both "my" and "mine" for this idea.
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answered Alternative to “unrealistic”?
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comment What would you call a person from India?
I live in the U.S. I used to work in an office where we had many people from India. So when American Indian Day rolled around -- 4th Friday in September, I think it is -- I sent out an email suggesting that we have a party for all these folks. Absolutely no one seemed to get the joke.
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