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May
10
comment “began to ring” or “started ringing”?
The to in the sentence is not actually a preposition. It is rather part of the infinitive to ring.
May
10
comment “began to ring” or “started ringing”?
@Fr0zenFyr Read the question and answer very carefully. The question is: "What is more correct here?" My answer states "In general they are synonyms."
May
10
comment “began to ring” or “started ringing”?
The ringing in My telephone started ringing has nothing to do with tense and does not suggest that the action is happening at present. It is a gerund and is functionally a noun, not a verb.
May
10
answered “began to ring” or “started ringing”?
May
9
answered Alternative to “façade”
May
9
comment Alternative to “façade”
Be careful with "abstraction" since this has a meaning in object-oriented programming languages which may not be appropriate here. An abstract class can never be instantiated.
May
8
answered What's going on in “I have been to the store many times”?
May
5
answered Question about interrogations in past tense
May
5
comment Divergence in meaning of “just about” between UK and North American English
@Carlo_R. Thanks for the link. It confirms the divergence that I noted. I'm not convinced by the author that the issue is with about indicating an understatement since the regional usage appears consistent. The real difference only appears in the phrase just about.
May
5
comment Divergence in meaning of “just about” between UK and North American English
It really does.
May
5
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May
5
asked Divergence in meaning of “just about” between UK and North American English
Jan
20
comment When should I not use a ligature in English typesetting?
@tchrist I've found the problem, and in fact it lies in the font, not TeX and not the reader. There is a StackExchange question which deals with this exact issue: Make ligatures in Linux Libertine copyable (and searchable). Ultimately, it is something to be aware of when creating documents which use typographic ligatures.
Jan
17
comment When should I not use a ligature in English typesetting?
@tchrist I produced a PDF document with XeTeX which contained ligatures which could not be found using a 'tt' text search in my PDF reader. Whether the font, the TeX engine, the PDF reader or some error in my .tex file was to blame, I can not say.
Dec
9
comment Noun describing one who “acts on emotion primally”?
They are coming now: devotee or perhaps even acolyte, if it isn't too esoteric a term.
Dec
8
comment Noun describing one who “acts on emotion primally”?
That most certainly is along the lines that I was thinking.
Dec
8
answered Noun describing one who “acts on emotion primally”?
Dec
8
comment Noun describing one who “acts on emotion primally”?
I said it as a joke since to English speakers the word primate mainly brings monkeys to mind.
Dec
8
comment Noun describing one who “acts on emotion primally”?
It's obvious: the noun form of primal is primate. Doesn't that describe them accurately?
Dec
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