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Jul
22
comment Phrase for observing a rule in a malicious way
@KeithS: Frites is, in origin, just the feminine plural of frit ("fried"), past participle of frire ("to fry"). In reference to French fries, it's short for pommes de terre frites ("fried potatoes"). (And I believe that "French fries", for that matter, was originally short for "French fried potatoes".)
Jul
20
comment How/when does one use “a most”?
I don't think I agree, but supposing for the sake of argument that you're right . . . what is the meaning of "most wanted"? This answer, as written, seems incomplete.
Jul
18
comment Difference between “after deciding” and “after having decided”?
@Taomerline: "Deciding" is absolutely not present tense. It's completely tenseless; any sense of time must be provided by the context (cf. "after deciding" vs. "before deciding", "regret deciding" vs. "consider deciding", "was deciding" vs. "will be deciding", etc.). Maybe you've been misled by the term "present participle"? If so, then -- you're really best off just thinking of that as an opaque and arbitrary name for the form, rather than reading into it and seeing some sort of "present"-ness where none exists.
Jul
16
comment Does the following count as “spelling”?
Re: "Chinese signs are signs for a whole word": That's a common misconception (not least among the Chinese themselves). Most linguists now agree that the great majority of words actually have two syllables in both Mandarin and Cantonese (not sure about other Chinese languages), whereas almost every character represents only one syllable. But even if that were not the case, I don't see how you could suggest that "the clearest designation" would be an ad hoc coinage that no one uses or recognizes, as opposed to the familiar "character" that is widely used with this exact sense.
Jul
15
answered Is there a term for when a word is given new meaning with qualifiers?
Jul
12
answered Vowel variation of [ɒ]
Jul
12
comment I’m looking for a word or phrase which clearly describes this: a number of dialects of the same language are spoken across a geographical area
@Centaurus: Hungarian is not an isolate; it's a Uralic language, meaning that it's related to Finnish, Estonian, and various others.
Jul
12
comment correct usage of 'prolonged'
@user128849: That example doesn't work, because if the city's winters always last till March, then it's not really "prolonged".
Jul
12
comment correct usage of 'prolonged'
@WS2: Fair enough; done.
Jul
12
revised correct usage of 'prolonged'
+addendum, per comments
Jul
12
comment correct usage of 'prolonged'
@WS2: I'm not saying that the adjective "prolonged" requires human action; the phrase "a prolonged drought", for example, is extremely well attested. But in the OP's sentence, I don't think we can interpret "prolonged" as a participial adjective; rather, "is prolonged till [...]" can only be interpreted as the passive voice. And given the use of the present tense, it only makes sense as an administrative announcement.
Jul
12
comment What does “quadrants” mean in an article stating that Obama's birth facts “do not seem to matter in many quadrants of Republican Party”?
Would you also be so judgmental of the analogous use of quarters ("There have been rumblings in some quarters about [...]")?
Jul
12
answered correct usage of 'prolonged'
Jul
12
answered Is there an English equivalent to the Persian saying “Now that it's my turn, the sky came down”?
Jul
11
answered Difference between “after deciding” and “after having decided”?
Jun
29
revised What is the word for a deep desire that was prohibited?
"Tree of Knowledge", not "Tree of Life"
Jun
25
comment Is the question form of a statement truly implicit?
@ClaytonGeist: Nope. If you understood me properly, you wouldn't persist in saying things about "a question form of a 'command/request'". ;-)
Jun
25
answered Is the question form of a statement truly implicit?
Jun
20
reviewed Edit Why is a “Mystery in the Alley” a side of hash?
Jun
20
revised Why is a “Mystery in the Alley” a side of hash?
Corrected quote, improved explanation and formatting