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Aug
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comment The “Since… then” construction
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Aug
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Aug
20
comment The “Since… then” construction
But even an "If A, then B" sentence sounds wrong with "then" included when the conclusion is put before the premise; compare "B, if A" with "Then B, if A".
Aug
19
comment The “Since… then” construction
@BrianHitchcock I agree. But since I've heard it so many times, then it might actually not be wrong, just uncommon.
Aug
19
comment The “Since… then” construction
So you think "since A, therefore B" is correct? To me, it feels the same, and hence feels just as wrong, as "since A, then B" does.
Aug
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Aug
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comment The “Since… then” construction
@BrianHitchcock Yes, that seems likely. But I don't think the version with "because" is more obviously wrong than the once with "since". Maybe it's because I've heard it too much, but it's not obvious to me that either are wrong, and I am a native speaker. Often things that feel wrong to me only do so because I rarely hear them. The point is that I'm still not fully convinced that it (either) is (are) wrong and would therefore like an authoritative answer.
Aug
11
comment The “Since… then” construction
Thanks! Would you please cite your source? And why the introduction of the synonymous "because" in your answer?
Aug
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Feb
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comment Jane Austen use of triple negative in Pride & Prejudice (Chapter 28)
Why does the title say "triple negative"?
Jun
20
comment Does 'which' refer to the noun immediately preceding it?
It seems adding the "and" gives the opposite meaning I intended. It is Definition 23 that is typically given in texts, not Proposition 25. So I guess it must indeed be quite ambiguous!
Jun
15
comment Does 'which' refer to the noun immediately preceding it?
Yes, I considered that too. But does that have any bearing on the ambiguity of the 'which'?
Jun
14
comment Does 'which' refer to the noun immediately preceding it?
@JohnLawler Okay thanks. In the example I provided, do you agree with the referee?
Jun
14
comment Does 'which' refer to the noun immediately preceding it?
I'm not too familiar with the tags on this site. I tried to find the most appropriate ones, but re-tagging would be most appreciated.
Jun
14
asked Does 'which' refer to the noun immediately preceding it?
Mar
20
comment Meter in Tennyson's *Maud*
Thanks a lot, Mark.
Mar
20
accepted Meter in Tennyson's *Maud*
Mar
20
comment Meter in Tennyson's *Maud*
@Robusto But none of the lines have 12 syllables. Does that matter? Should some syllables be "merged"?