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asked Why is “gee-gee” slang for “horse”?
May
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comment Difference between “I haven't” and “I've not” etc
+1 for the good references, thanks! Though I've generally observed that "I haven't" is much more common than "I've not", one exception is "You're not going to fool me" as in my last example. Is it to stress the "not", I wonder?
May
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accepted Difference between “I haven't” and “I've not” etc
May
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comment Difference between “I haven't” and “I've not” etc
Thanks, Cameron. I wasn't aware of the US non-auxiliary function difference. I edited my question to give some context examples. In each example, which form is preferred?
May
17
comment Difference between “I haven't” and “I've not” etc
Thanks, John. I was unaware of the UK/US difference. I've added some examples of context to the question. Does your observation still hold?
May
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May
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asked Difference between “I haven't” and “I've not” etc
May
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accepted When are “and” and commas used in a list of adjectives?
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May
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comment Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
Thanks, everyone, for answers. Of the nouns you've suggested, I think "curviness" is the simplest synonym proposed. I accept this answer because of Andrew's comment.
May
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accepted Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
May
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comment Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
Truth is, I wish to pick a variable name in a computer program to describe this property, and variable names are supposedly nouns.
May
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comment Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
Thanks, Barrie. I used that example just to describe the word I wanted; I might instead have wanted to tell someone, "Road A has more traffic, scenery and _____ than road B." However, "sinuosity" is still quite uncommon. Is there a simpler synonym?
May
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comment Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
Thanks, jwpat7, but I'd like a word to fill the blank, not to reword the sentence. It seems only "sinuosity" is a valid word; "windingosity", "directosity" or "roundaboutosity" aren't!
May
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comment Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
Thanks, Jim, but I'd like a word to fill the blank, not to reword the sentence.
May
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comment Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
Thanks, tchrist, but I'd like a word to fill the blank, not to reword the sentence. Thanks, too, for explaining "motorway" for the benefit of other readers.
May
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asked Common synonym of tortuosity or antonym of straightness
Mar
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comment When are “and” and commas used in a list of adjectives?
You're right, it was a poor example as it is oxymoronic phrase. How about your first example, "intelligent, charming, and witty girl" vs "intelligent charming witty girl" instead? Your second and third examples imply that commas are present but not "and".
Feb
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comment When are “and” and commas used in a list of adjectives?
Thanks, but I can't see how poor, little and rich girl can imply 3 persons.