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comment Is there a word for the most basic form of an idea?
@200 Forget that germ, this is the 22nd sense (ODO) with several other distinct meanings & usages in between. (e. g., a germ is also a microorganism of any age, unrelated to growth.) HTH.
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comment Can you end a sentence with 'hence'?
@ws2 It's almost archaic, and archaic is what they use in legalese and bureacratese. Do not use hereunder, it is neither here nor there.
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comment Can you end a sentence with 'hence'?
Carefully look up all the meanings of hence before interpreting the sentence. It's correct.
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comment International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) web-based dictionary
@tchrist The last I heard was as much as "the reason why is because," but now this blows my mind. ( "one of the reasons ... is for this very reason"). Very reasonable :)
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comment International Phonetic Alphabet (IPA) web-based dictionary
Suggesting migration to meta.
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comment be pleasured to do something?
The alternative, "It would be a pleasure to" got the writer into this. Or is it some recent TV trope? ;)
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comment be pleasured to do something?
That should be "pleased to." (The way it's written can have obscene implications)
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comment How to use “sous vide” in a sentence
Have you visited the SE Q&A site for cookery enthusiasts yet?
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comment “I belong to a greater stage”
It's all to do with the preposition, folks.
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answered “I belong to a greater stage”
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comment Is there a word for the most basic form of an idea?
@carsmack It may be a good idea for you to delete your comment as it seems to have already earned the answer a down vote and can continue to do so. Thanks.
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comment Is there a word for the most basic form of an idea?
@carsmack Read the simple, short Q. Your usage is right, of course, which makes this the needed answer.
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comment What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”?
Laying bare, short of pillage, the author's deft constructions in public is not much about language or its usage -- there's literary technique that's beyond language.
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comment What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”?
Sorry. You already noted it's no idiom, at least not in this case. That leaves litcrit, which is what you presented -- but is off-topic.
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answered Is there a word for the most basic form of an idea?
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comment What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”?
@200 Of course, but here it's close enough.
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comment What's the meaning of “pillage and plunder”?
Just look up the words one at a time. Good luck.
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comment Use of semi colon in a list with only one “complex item”
Keep the comma. A parenthetical comma will not interfere with a list separator comma. There's no ambiguity.
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comment “(1) stop, (2) drop, (3) and roll” or “(1) stop, (2) drop, and (3) roll”
Would your Q and its answer be any different if it were, say, in French? Why would the English language follow an idiosyncracy in this respect? It's applicable to any language, right?