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Jul
15
comment Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number
@Mari-LouA I have to disagree. The word "which" focuses on the question of ordinality better than "what" does. An answer to the question "what are you" might very reasonably be something like "(I'm not the first, but) I am the brightest!" I am an American speaker.
Jul
15
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15
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Jul
15
answered Framing a question whose answer is an ordinal number
Jul
13
comment what does the preposition “up” mean in “He got beaten up by other kids in school”?
This is a very good and authoritative answer. It adds a dimension to the meaning that one might not otherwise be consciously aware of. Might I say "Work was punishing today" is atelic and "I was punished at work today" is telic? On the other hand, does "thoroughly" (as StoneyB mentions) imply telicity? To be beaten up today does not necessarily mean tomorrow will be any different. (And many of us in the corporate world are familiar with the phrase the beatings will continue until morale improves.)
Jul
11
reviewed Approve Is there an English equivalant to the Russian saying “the baker never buys his bread”?
Jul
10
comment Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
In a question worded in terms of cause and effect, the question was about effect. You worded the title to ask about cause.
Jul
9
comment Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
Edited to resolve conflict introduced in first edit.
Jul
9
revised Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
First edit changed the apparent meaning of the question as written in the body by providing a conflicting question in the title.
Jul
9
comment Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
It is unclear whether you want to know an expression for the beauty that causes the crying or an expression that means "crying because of beauty" Your subject title does not match your question.
Jul
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Jul
9
answered Expression meaning crying in reaction to beauty
Jul
3
comment “This page intentionally blank” … but it isn't!
While your at it, tell me why stores open 24/7 have locks on the doors.
Jul
1
comment What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority?
Apparently there is a trend among some that words should only have the meanings that they are familiar with and that any suggestion that language has more depth and dimension than they have experienced is irrelevant. It's okay to use words in the way they are defined in the dictionary. We have dictionaries and other references to hold the vast amount of information that won't readily fit inside small minds.
Jul
1
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Jul
1
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Jul
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answered What do you call someone who is favored by a higher authority?
Jun
30
comment What is the short for “focusing on the key component of the problem?”
I think the OP would like root cause analysis better than root cause.
Jun
30
answered A word similar to 'inspire' which modifies the subject
Jun
30
revised Is there any polite equivalent to “genitals”?
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