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comment Is “outside food” acceptable in formal English?
I like "Guests cannot bring their own food" or perhaps "Guests shall not bring their own food!"
Apr
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comment Is “outside food” acceptable in formal English?
@tchrist: I meant parlance I'd use with business associates or on a printed sign, rather than on an SMS between close friends.
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comment Is “outside food” acceptable in formal English?
@Mitch: The first definition of adjectives on oxforddictionaries.com/definition/english/outside is the meaning I'm familiar with i.e. things pertaining to the outside e.g. outside lights. I suppose definition 2 (Not belonging to or coming from within a particular group, hence "outside contractors") is closest to that the meaning in question though "outside food" still sounds odd.
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comment Should “The history of X” be followed by “began” or “begins”?
Google n-gram shows an equal mix in the 20th century: books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=history+of+*+begins%2Chistory+of+*+‌​began&year_start=1900 but a preference for "begins" in the 21st: books.google.com/ngrams/graph?content=history+of+*+begins%2Chistory+of+*+‌​began&year_start=1900 , perhaps influenced by a small number of works which are often quoted.
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