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I am an amateur with a love for the written word. English is not my native tongue, but I do have considerable knowledge of it.


Oct
19
comment Preposition following “estimated”
Is in situ really spelled with a hyphen?
Oct
19
answered “People” or “the people”
Oct
18
comment How to abbreviate “and other things”?
@FumbleFingers I believe that for the OP, such a distinction does not exist.
Oct
18
comment How to abbreviate “and other things”?
@FumbleFingers What the OP is asking for is not a statement that is all encompassing and complete even for unversed readers, but simply a phrase that is similar to "and other things".
Oct
18
comment How to abbreviate “and other things”?
@tim Yes, you will have to supply a proper description there, as I am not too well versed in human anatomy. =) But the point is to go from the generic, to examples.
Oct
18
comment Replacement for “brethren” to refer to mostly female group
With the risk of sounding pragmatic, it does not matter what it used to mean. I, personally, do not believe that brethren was ever intended to include females, but rather was a means of expressing male bonding. Sisters nowadays, to me, has a feministic connotation, but I can't think of any other word that a) will not sound overly archaic in today's language, and b) refers distinctly to females.
Oct
18
answered How to abbreviate “and other things”?
Oct
18
comment Are these genuine apologies?
It is definitely a way to avoid taking the blame. A particularly slippery example is I'm sorry you believe that, which in certain circumstances is subtly condescending.
Oct
18
comment Please explain this joke about two nuns in a bath
@Urbycoz Much like "There are 10 kinds of people: Those who understand binary numbers, and those who don't"
Oct
18
comment What’s the point of the apostrophe of “turned ’round” in a narration?
For some reason, I intensely dislike it when authors improvise with contractions like this. It seems like a cheap way to seem original. Common usage (e.g. C'mon) and dialogue excepted, of course.
Oct
18
comment Please explain this joke about two nuns in a bath
@joel The OP asked for an explanation of the joke/pun, not a categorization of the type of joke. =)
Oct
18
revised Is it better to write without contractions? E.g. “cannot” instead of “can't”
edited title
Oct
18
accepted Is it better to write without contractions? E.g. “cannot” instead of “can't”
Oct
18
comment Is it better to write without contractions? E.g. “cannot” instead of “can't”
What time frame is "these days", though? I can imagine that at some time in the past, people would rebel against the stricter rules of yesterday, but such trends tend to vary with time.
Oct
18
revised Is it better to write without contractions? E.g. “cannot” instead of “can't”
edited title
Oct
18
comment Replacement for “brethren” to refer to mostly female group
@timonti "brethren" is the archaic word for "brothers", though. I am not sure such a word exists for "sisters".
Oct
18
answered Replacement for “brethren” to refer to mostly female group
Oct
18
asked Is it better to write without contractions? E.g. “cannot” instead of “can't”
Oct
18
revised What is a better way to name “The Wrong Question”?
added 323 characters in body
Oct
17
comment Should there be a comma in “Tell <name> <other name> says hi.”?
"Tell John Wayne said hi."