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I am a gamer, programmer, and a wannabe linguist who is fluent in English and Mandarin, and proficient in French.

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May
24
comment Indirect, quoted speech: He's all
I am all.... is short for I am all like..., I believe.
May
23
comment Why do we pronounce Dean as /diːn/ but Sean as /ʃɒn/?
We pronounce it as /ʃɔ:n/ here, but your point still stands.
May
23
answered What part of speech is “back” in “put the book back on the table”?
May
21
comment Is using “needing” correct?
You are talking about an English gerund, which in the case is synonymous with and replaces the relative clause that modifies the man. You should probably read up a grammar book on that.
May
21
comment “Barrier will open” vs. “barrier will be opened”
+1 for mentioning of ergative verbs.
May
15
comment Biden Got Out ‘Over His Skis,’ Says Obama
I've never heard of this expression, but from its literal meaning, I surmise that when you are in a hurry, you tend to fall over your skis, so by extension, it would mean getting ahead of yourself too soon, or too hasty as you guessed.
May
15
answered Is introvert a derogatory term, or just neutral?
May
14
comment Origin of the word “elder”
Which sense? Elder as in the tree or elder as in a person?
May
14
comment What's the origin and reasoning behind the phrase, “a pat on the back”?
Patting people on the back is not a congratulatory gesture found only in English-speaking countries. Many Asian countries have the same gesture and the same associated meaning. So it's not hard to extend the meaning of the physical gesture to its figurative sense, i.e., to congratulate an individual.
May
10
comment When the plural ends in “-ies”, how do I know whether the singular ends in “-y” or “-ie”?
I understand your quandary, but asking for a list is probably going to get your question closed...
May
10
comment 'I don't like fish.' 'Me, too.' Is this natural?
So what you are suggesting is that people 'shouldn't' use it? What about 'Me too'? Shouldn't use it either? Besides the OP is looking for a more 'natural' way of expressing the topic. To me, it means idiomatic, not grammatical. Not every idiomatic English phrase is grammatical, just so you know.
May
10
comment Is “solutioning” a correct word?
What does it even mean??
May
10
answered 'I don't like fish.' 'Me, too.' Is this natural?
May
10
asked A word that describes getting your product 'represented' at a retailer
May
9
comment Is “haphazard” a unique word?
Probably because the 'p' is part of the first syllable and 'h' part of the second syllable??
May
9
comment Meaning of 'swung around' in this context
To swing by is probably more common among the folks in in AusNZ. Also, the use of with sounds a little awkward to me...
May
7
comment Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
The example has a very awkward construction, at least to me...
May
7
comment Meaning of 'an old hat'
en.wiktionary.org/wiki/old_hat
May
4
comment Use Schedule and Timetable together
Also note the pronunciation of the word schedule in the two flavours of English.
May
4
comment Is it correct to say “12:00am”?
That's why I am sticking with my 24hour notation!