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comment Understanding Until , Not Until
Perhaps I am stripping a chest of drawers of its finish in order to refinish it. I've almost got it completely finish free; just a few more spots to go. My wife asks if I want to stop for lunch. I say, "No, I will not stop until it is not finished." Ok, I probably wouldn't say that. I'd say "No, I can't stop until I'm finished and it isn't."
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comment A chink in the English language
maybe in those situations you could use "a hole in the dyke" ;-)
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comment What does “funny farm” mean?
Ah, Those were the days with my transistor radio and Dr. Demento.
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comment What does “bit-bearing” mean?
Cyberspace is all about computers and computes think in bits. These bits (i.e., information) will soon be arriving in all types of media and it will be difficult, if not impossible, to prevent this information from leaking in no matter how hard you try to prevent it.
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comment Safer alternative to “opaque”?
just use opaque (because it is the right word) but back it up somewhere else in the literature with 100% light-blocking or something similar.
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comment What are some adjectives that mean 'subordinate alternative'?
You could say, "Please contact Ann preferably via email, or, if necessary, by telephone."
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comment You can only do so many of them
While that's one possible interpretation, another is that do refers to making videos- But you can only make so many videos. This actually feels to me like the more likely interpretation because she's not a prostitute, she's a movie producer.
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comment You can only do so many of them
She's either talking about the men or the videos. It's not clear from the information you've provided.
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comment which one is best i'll go with you or i'll come with you?
That really all depends on whether you're coming or going.
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comment is there a word for arguing no one?
+1 for preaching to the choir One might also be playing devil's advocate.
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comment Can we use the preposition “for” with the verb “scoot”?
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comment What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact?
@Robusto- I swear the first time I read your comment there were two more words there, but now there just seems to be a long blank space before the period.
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comment What is the tersest way for a speaker to request from the listener to refrain from making any inferences from a statement of fact?
Since it's part of a narrative, a non-verbal gesture is the tersest way to make your point- as you approach the part of your statement where an inference could start to be drawn, you hold up your fist with a raised index finger and simultaneously give the listener a stern look as if looking over the top of your glasses. This will be taken to mean, "Now, don't go jumping to conclusions. Just listen."
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answered Two good things put together create a bad thing
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comment Phrase “In my spare time”
Your project has been prioritized below any of my real work but I will try to work on it whenever I have nothing else to do. (The point is, telling your customer that you will work on it in your spare time is probably not what they want to hear; unless they were expecting you to not be able to work on it at all)
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comment “predicted at” vs “predicted for”
Use "predicted at"
Jan
28
comment Can threshold implies minimum requirement in formal essay?
Sure. One could talk about "a minimum threshold for acceptance"
Jan
26
comment Verb for giving others presents when you're happy
Wow! I've never heard that before. I assume that's a BrE thing. How common is it compared to say, "She bought him a drink." or "We'll cover/pick up dinner"?
Jan
26
answered Verbs or phrases to buy something which are specifically for sale later?
Jan
26
comment Being watched but not seeing the observer
concealed... hidden from view. Or are you looking for more like stalked; although it's hard to stalk someone when you're in a tower. Maybe spying?