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Jul
11
comment Present Participle(adjective) vs Progressive tense
@EdwinAshworth- very nice!
Jul
9
comment The difference between medium and intermediate
Intermediate connotes something transient on its way to a final steady-state condition. I probably would not choose medium or intermediate for your coupling example- I'd probably choose appropriate or sufficient
Jul
9
comment Is it grammatical to say of some potential meaning that it is “able to be said” or “trying to be said”?
What I meant was, I would translate, 'The nucleus is splittable' as, 'The nucleus is able to be split.'
Jul
9
comment Word/name for rhetorical technique to give appearance of expertise where none exists?
You mean other than bullshitting?
Jul
9
comment Is it grammatical to say of some potential meaning that it is “able to be said” or “trying to be said”?
How do you feel about adjectives ending in -[a,i]ble? The package was transportable, the castle was defensible. I would translate these to mean: the package was able to be transported, the castle was able to be defended.
Jul
8
comment Is it grammatical to say of some potential meaning that it is “able to be said” or “trying to be said”?
I guess that's where we differ in interpretation. In my mind "to be Xed" locates the ability with the doer not with X. The to be turns the action X done by the doer, to a state that can be assigned to X. If a package is ready to be picked up, the doer is me (the picker upper) not the package. Saying that the package is able to be picked up says that the package is in a state such that pickup by someone is possible. Likewise saying the package is unable to be picked up means there is something outside of the doer's control that would prevent him from picking it up.
Jul
8
comment Is it grammatical to say of some potential meaning that it is “able to be said” or “trying to be said”?
Do you perceive any difference between "is able to X" and "is able to be Xed"?
Jul
8
comment Concurrently with or Sequentially To/Sequentially With?
Drugs A and B are administered either concurrently or sequentially.
Jul
6
comment What is the difference between “router” and “route”?
$router->add_route() is correct. Also I would say that a router routes via a route.
Jul
5
comment What is “Build We Won’t” in complete form?
Yes, apparently everyone thinks we should build but: "Yet the combination of anti-tax ideology and deficit hysteria that mostly whipped up in an attempt to bully President Obama into spending cuts means that we’re letting our highways, and our future, erode away." The last sentence is saying, "In spite of that we're not building"
Jul
5
comment What is “Build We Won’t” in complete form?
No. I suppose one might hear: "Build? That we won't"- (That we will not do" other than that, I can't make sense of your suggested that.
Jul
5
comment What is “Build We Won’t” in complete form?
It's just an inversion of "We won't build" with respect to our infrastructure.
Jul
4
comment What does it mean when someone say “you have attitude”?
@Doctor- And you'd be exactly right. The context in which it is uttered (and the intonation of the speaker) should help pinpoint the intent. It doesn't mean it's wrong it just means it can't stand completely on its own.
Jul
4
comment What does it mean when someone say “you have attitude”?
What leads you to believe they might not be correct? I will say that while "she has attitude" can be correct in the right context, "She has an attitude" is a far more prevalent statement- at least in the parts of the US that I frequent.
Jul
4
comment Does an antonym of ''freezing'' as a descriptor of weather exist?
I'm from Arizona - it was 112 F the other day, (44.4 C) "It's a dry heat" is the mantra down here. I just never consider it to be sweltering, unlike when I visit Houston where, because of the humidity, the heat, while not nearly as hot, is truly oppressive.
Jul
4
comment Adjective for the adverb “soon”
You could use "soon-to-be-released"
Jul
4
reviewed Looks OK Does an antonym of ''freezing'' as a descriptor of weather exist?
Jul
4
comment ethic vs ethics
While this link may answer the question, it is better to include the essential parts of the answer here and provide the link for reference. Link-only answers can become invalid if the linked page changes.
Jul
3
comment Does an antonym of ''freezing'' as a descriptor of weather exist?
For me, sweltering implies humidity as well.
Jul
3
comment A word or expression for someone who had a very important influence in your life?
No, the person is not a turning point. You would say something like, "Meeting Dave represented a turning point in my life."