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Jun
26
comment Generic term for a thing that is versioned
Could you provide an example of a sentence in which you'd use this word? Software, books ,and cars are versionable.
Jun
25
comment What does “quotable” mean in this sentence?
I take the usage here to mean most easily quoted- I.e., when talking to the media they say things in a way that makes them memorable and easily understood so that people discussing the same topic later on will tend to use his wording.
Jun
25
comment A word to describe the act to switch between positive and negative?
My calculator uses CHS ( change sign).
Jun
25
answered Word for “referring to common but not universal attributes of a group of people”?
Jun
25
comment Word for “Fetched Object”
If you had an interface class fetchable then all your things would implement fetchable. You wouldn't need to talk about a chunk of retrieved information except internal to fetchable. at that point you might just refer to it as a blob
Jun
25
comment Infinitive vs. gerund: is the meaning the same or is infinitive preferential for showing habit?
@RevlisLain- What you quote Swan as saying (-ing for enjoyment, infinitive for habit or choice) is, interestingly because I've never read Swan, exactly what I said. So I don't understand how you feel the same, but are confused by Swan's statement- You should feel satisfied, not confused ;-)
Jun
25
answered Infinitive vs. gerund: is the meaning the same or is infinitive preferential for showing habit?
Jun
25
comment Where are you going?
@eyewonder- That depends on the context. If the child had to be at the school by 10:00 o'clock because they were going on a field trip to the zoo, he would likely say that he was going to the school and not, he was going to school. "the school" is used to refer specifically to the building or grounds; plain school is used to refer to attendance.
Jun
25
comment Where are you going?
None of your sentences are wrong. They just mean different things and are used in different contexts. They would only be "wrong" if the context called for one but you said the other.
Jun
24
comment What is deliberately using complex sentences to confuse people called?
But sesquipedalian implies nothing about trying to confuse people- it means merely, given to the use of long words.
Jun
23
comment Adjective for something that is medium-lived
How many selections can there be? Why not just use "current selection" which implies that it is the most recent selection and will hang around until something new is selected?
Jun
23
comment Correct vs. incorrect usage of “there were + [number] noun + verb” patterns
Really the only time you need to use There were is when you are making a statement about existence. When there is another verb you can dispense with There were and just use the other verb: Two data sets were prepared, A big group of people stayed to chat, Four types of behavior were prepared, XX% of visitors did not comment. Your correct examples do discuss existence: There were 10 sensors..."
Jun
22
comment Do the words 'poster' and 'mixer' have one or two morphemes?
I went to a company mixer last night, the sound system had an audio mixer. They demoed some new sound effects- one of which was made by recording a kitchen mixer and slowing it way down.
Jun
22
comment Do the words 'poster' and 'mixer' have one or two morphemes?
why do you say that the word mixer does not mean the one/thing that mixes?
Jun
22
comment Is there a verb that means “to make poor”?
Perhaps impoverish would be close enough?
Jun
22
comment Is there a verb that means “to make poor”?
Give us a sentence in which you would use this word.
Jun
22
comment What do you call a person who is your friend only because you benefit them?
A social climber, a leech, a user,
Jun
22
comment Etymology of 'patch' in the verb 'dispatch'
I don't know, but one could imagine that when something is dispatched it is moved- as in sent somewhere, which is the opposite of fastening it in place. To dispatch something I must first unfasten it, or free it from whatever is trapping it in place. Incidentally to get rid of by killing likely refers to unfastening the soul/spirit from the body/mortal world and sending it to heaven/hell.
Jun
21
comment Meaning of “if you want to exchange gear for promo”
I wonder if it means, if you give me the clothes, then I will wear them around town (when I'm not on set). And when people ask me about what I'm wearing I can tell them.
Jun
21
comment Meaning of “if you want to exchange gear for promo”
Yeah, I debated about saying, "very few" or "not many". In reality I think that no professional director lets the model choose her own attire for the shoot. Models are mostly either modeling clothes, in which case it will always be the clothes being advertised, or participating in the creation of a scene, such as advertising for a resort, or advertising a product. In any event I think the artistic director will know exactly what look they're going for and will have preselected the clothing that best portrays that vision: "We need her to look like a sophisticated hockey mom" etc.