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revised Alternative to “façade”
CamelCase is acceptable for programmers; accents are not.
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comment Is this a subject verb agreement error?
@Kris Sweet, I guess I'm a genius!
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comment Is this a subject verb agreement error?
@Kris I believe that someone who is rushing to correct papers could read "According to Political Research Associates, who used data gathered by the FBI, recorded hate crimes against Muslims..." and assume (wrongly) that there was an error without bothering to read the sentence through to the end. It's easy to make assumptions in these kind of situations. I've certainly done it.
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answered Difference between “get rid of” and “rid of”
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comment Is this a subject verb agreement error?
@zpletan A hurried teacher scanning a pile of essays would get as far as recorded and stop thinking there was a missing subject. I agree, though, the sentence could be made a bit easier to parse.
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answered Is this a subject verb agreement error?
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comment How can I fix the passive voice error in this sentence?
@tchris And they would hate that we use conjunctions at the beginning of our sentences.
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comment How can I fix the passive voice error in this sentence?
@Robusto I see no stylistic problem either. But you just know there are teachers out there rapping students' knuckles over this kind of thing because of their notions of how English ought to be used.
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answered How can I fix the passive voice error in this sentence?
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comment “began to ring” or “started ringing”?
@Fr0zenFyr The instances where begin is not permissible have nothing to do with the author's theory (although he tries to shoehorn them into it). Moreover, the suggestion that English speakers prefer start when the action hasn't happened before or occurs suddenly is weak at best.
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answered Can one meet criteria, or satisfy requirements?
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comment “began to ring” or “started ringing”?
The author has cherry-picked some examples to support his theory which doesn't reflect how English speakers actually use the English language.
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comment “began to ring” or “started ringing”?
Past continuous is something like The phone was ringing. There is nothing wrong with using a gerund as the object (or subject) of a verb which is in a past (or future) tense. For example, you can't say that I enjoyed meeting you yesterday is wrong in any way.