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comment What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?
@user1717828: Ah, ok... my bad, not yours. Re-reading your question, my initial interpretation is clearly wrong.
May
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comment What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?
@Hurkyl: True - and intentionally so. The OP's example specifically overcomes these huge odds, so it can't really have been fundamentally impossible, can it? ;-)
May
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comment Why “go to the movies” and not “go to a movie”
@pazzo: if you'd read my answer, you might've noticed that I said it doesn't make much sense to word the question that way. One part ("do you ever") asks about habitual behaviour, the other makes it sound like you're talking about something specific. My point was that the indefinite part doesn't mix well with the definite part.
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answered What word means “explicitly forbidden by the most fundamental laws”?
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comment Treacle is viscous; alcohol is ____?
Treacle is viscous; alcohol is vicious. Almost the same thing.
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comment What does “fill-in-the-blank” mean in the following context?
@itsbruce: Why not offer your version as a different answer then, instead of +1'ing a comment and downvoting the only answer available? My interpretation is different, not wrong (I think). I suspect that FumbleFingers was correct and one's interpretation depends on where one is from, but there's nothing wrong with having an alternative answer, even long after the question has been asked. That way, people can upvote the answer they feel is right and over time, the "more common" one will win out.
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comment “Follow close behind” vs “follow closely behind”?
Interesting anecdote, but are you disagreeing with @tchrist's conclusion that "follow close behind" sounds better, or just with the reasoning that it sounds better because close can be used as an adverb?
Jul
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comment “Follow close behind” vs “follow closely behind”?
+1 for the note on position/motion; a very good point (which my own dictionary neglected to make). Not quite sure what you mean by the stand closer to you example, though - obviously you wouldn't say "stand closerly to you" - nor by "including that one", since "follow closely behind" sounds ok (doesn't it?). Could you please clarify?
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comment the difference between “really” and “very”
@RandomDuck.NET: I believe you mean non-gradable. I also believe that not all people get irony. And true is only non-gradable in the boolean logic sense. In practice, there are always degrees of truth....
Mar
22
answered What is an elegant way to refer to a figure displaying an algorithm?