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I'm a freelance editor and avid reader. I love the English language despite it's maddeningly illogical grammar and syntax.


Aug
22
awarded  Commentator
Aug
22
comment Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
@Shinto Sherlock -- Yes, it does answer the question. The question includes "Is there a specific situation when you use one or the other?" Please explain how providing examples (which I did) does not fulfill that aspect of the question.
Aug
20
answered Why do you say “friend of mine” instead of “friend of me”?
Aug
20
answered Can one be *highly* ambivalent?
Aug
19
comment When should one use the comma versus the semicolon, and vice versa?
Similar to this question.
Aug
19
answered Is “fastly” a correct word?
Aug
18
comment How should one answer a business phone?
This is a good answer, but I'd also suggest that Alex inquire if there are any guidelines at his work about this. Local rules would take priority. Some employee handbooks address this issue. At smaller companies, it makes sense to see how others answer the phone for external calls, and to be consistent as an organization.
Aug
17
comment In what contexts is it important to maintain your accent or dialect?
Great question. Perhaps it should have the pronunciation tag?
Aug
17
revised Is there a more modern way to say “it's a pity”?
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Aug
16
awarded  Critic
Aug
16
comment What are some good books on articulation?
Community wiki?
Aug
16
comment Is using the possessive 's correct in “the car's antenna”?
"The town's hall" implies "town hall", a common phrase in the US, and there would indeed be only one.
Aug
16
comment How to pronounce abbreviations by prefix part?
I clarified my answer a bit. My point is that I generally would say the word in full, not the abbreviation, with a few exceptions. I don't know how coders talk about programming abbreviations, see Edward's answer for that.
Aug
16
revised How to pronounce abbreviations by prefix part?
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Aug
16
comment Why does “under the sea” mean “in the sea”?
@Shinto Sherlock: I mistyped. I corrected the answer.
Aug
16
revised Why does “under the sea” mean “in the sea”?
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Aug
15
answered Does “nineteen-hundreds” refer to 1900–1909 or 1900–1999?
Aug
15
answered Why does “under the sea” mean “in the sea”?
Aug
15
revised Is there a more modern way to say “it's a pity”?
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Aug
15
comment How should I ask for a bill in a restaurant politely?
Possibly. It can also be used to hint at a bribe, but it's what I grew up seeing people in northern New Jersey do to ask for the check.