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I am a native speaker of Japanese. I am neither a native speaker of English nor a linguist. Mah engrish not corecct allways. You have been warned.


Dec
14
comment What does 'ten of six' mean in regard to time?
@RegDwight: Interesting. Just to clarify, I had been confused by the sentence “Nowhere in the English-speaking world, as far as I know, would it be understood as 5:10,” because the time 5:10 appeared out of the blue.
Dec
14
comment What does 'ten of six' mean in regard to time?
You meant to write 6:10 instead of 5:10, I suppose?
Dec
13
awarded  Citizen Patrol
Dec
13
comment Why is it “geometric” but “theoretical”?
@ShreevatsaR: Oops, thanks! I had read your answer, but probably I had somehow overlooked that part at that time.
Dec
12
comment A question about ignorance
How about neglect?
Dec
12
comment Why is it “geometric” but “theoretical”?
A fun fact: In computer science, the word complexity-theoretic is much more common than complexity-theoretical when you mean in, of or related to complexity theory, although theoretical is more common than theoretic. I think that the same preference of “-theoretic” exists for other things called “ theory.”
Dec
11
awarded  Quorum
Dec
9
comment When to use “that” and when to use “which”?
(1) The link appears to be broken. There are many articles on the Language Log about that versus which, but judging from the URL, probably the page you referred to is itre.cis.upenn.edu/~myl/languagelog/archives/001461.html. It is indeed written by Geoffrey K. Pullum, a co-author of The Cambridge Grammar of the English Language. (2) Thanks for the link and the answer. I had been wondering about the distinction some people claim (but I had never learned in English classes), and your answer allowed me to understand the issue better.
Dec
7
revised What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
added a note that the explained usage seems to be either incorrect or at best uncommon (thanks to Martha and Dusty’s comments).
Dec
7
comment What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
@Dusty: Thank you for the explanation (and for the other reply on my comment on Claudiu’s answer). While I admit that “as many/few as” sometimes refers to an upper/lower bound, I still think that it is not always the case, and I defend my answer as in the case of this question, the phrase can be interpreted in both ways.
Dec
7
comment What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
I removed my first comment, which was incorrect as Dusty demonstrated (thanks!).
Dec
7
comment What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
@Dusty: Thank you for the counterexample. I admit that “as many as” sometimes refers to the highest end of a range. I am still unconvinced that it always means that way. From COCA: “It was only the 15th game in club history with as many as six errors” (AP, 2010). (This refers to a baseball game in MLB, and six errors in one game is exceptionally bad.) The meaning of this sentence changes completely if you replace “as many as” by “at most” even if you ignore the difference of the emphasis.
Dec
7
comment What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
@Martha: Well, even if you think I am wrong, you should be able to understand what I meant by the previous comment. Anyway, my understanding is: “as many as five” = five (which is surprisingly large). “You may need as many as five commands” = you sometimes need five commands (which is surprisingly many) although in some circumstances you can do it with fewer than five commands. It refers to the range only because it is used with “may.”
Dec
7
comment What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
@Martha: It seems to me that you are conflating the meaning conveyed by “as many as” and the meaning conveyed by “may” in the quotation.
Dec
7
revised What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
removed the reference to “commands” because it was irrelevant; added the comparison to “only five”
Dec
7
comment What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
@Martha: Interesting. I do not think that I have ever seen “as few as five” meaning that five is a lower bound. As I wrote in this answer, the phrases “as many as five” and “as few as five” both refer to five, no more, no less.
Dec
7
answered What is the role of phrase “as many as” in “… as many as five commands …”?
Dec
7
comment What's the word Copyright and `(C)' mean?
−1. You are asking the role of copyright notices. It is a question about law, not a question about English.
Dec
6
comment What is the difference between ‘Hot Corned Beef’ and ‘“Hot” Corned Beef’?
@Steve Melnikoff: “Thanks” for the link. That website is really “funny”!
Dec
4
comment Which is correct: “when you have finished” or “when you will finish”?
In the explanation of #1, the point is not the infinitive versus the present perfect, but the infinitive versus the gerund.