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Jul
13
comment Is “within” inclusive?
Just as another data point, The International Tennis Federation rules talk about a ball landing "within the court" and we know that in Tennis a ball is "in" if it's on the line. So we can conclude that the ITF considers within to be inclusive.
Jul
13
comment Referring to someone when you only know their last name
What do you do in the case of "Mr. Jones."? Do you use "Mr. Jones" for all occurrences? To me, "complainant" is more discourteous than the name.
Jul
13
comment Referring to someone when you only know their last name
What’s wrong with simply saying,”J. Smith contacted us....
Jul
12
comment Choose the correct answer from a.b.c or d (duplicate)
In some contexts with would also work. Here is where you can find a newspaper that will give you the news in English, but with the radio you can get news in several different languages.
Jul
12
comment Ellipsis or substitution?
That's just a really odd exchange all 'round. If the intended meaning is "But perhaps they don't want to get revenge" it'd be much better shortened to, "But they might not [want to][get revenge]" The use of but and don't really parallels the "I don't mind" but semantically it's nonsense.
Jul
12
comment Is there any valid rule discouraging the use of a certain word to start a sentence?
The use of And to mean in addition does change the meaning of the sentence and is not just filler. Yes, conjunctions connect things but they can serve to semantically connect the current sentence to the previous one.
Jul
11
comment Is there a similar origin for the words 'atom' and 'item'?
@deadrat- Really?? And I was so sure that because they each had 4 letters and a ’d’ in them they must have come from the same root...
Jul
11
comment Is there a similar origin for the words 'atom' and 'item'?
@LittleEva- how ’bout Adam and Edam?
Jul
11
comment Is “There was a herd of cattle eating grass” a valid sentence?
The audience applauded. The crowd yelled. The fleet sailed. The flock flew. The chorus sang. If all (or at least the majority) of the group is doing it, the action can be attributed to the group.
Jul
10
comment Ditto ,when do I use it?
By no means a duplicate; but related: english.stackexchange.com/questions/81058/…
Jul
10
comment How to describe making sounds with your throat?
Or "She grunted her assent".
Jul
10
comment Word that means “of or relating to 'vocabulary'”
@brandaemon- I’d think that such a gift would tend to encourage sesquipedalianism.
Jul
10
comment To compare vs To make a comparison with
When you're writing, keep in mind that your writing will be much better received if you're diligent about ensuring that your use of your and you're are correct.
Jul
10
comment How do you properly define and use the phrase, “buy into”?
Please provide some context on the usage you’re interested in.
Jul
9
comment To compare vs To make a comparison with
Are you making a comparison with the calculations or of the calculations. (1. would suggest it's of)
Jul
8
comment Dictionary or Vocabulary?
That sounds perfect.
Jul
8
comment Dictionary or Vocabulary?
I would not say, "Open your vocabularies" since a vocabulary is a body of recognized words. Your written list of vocabulary words is fundamentally a list or a book or a journal etc. which can be modified with the adjective vocabulary to scope its use.
Jul
8
comment how to respond when our boss says i am sorry for not replying to your mail in uk english?
What sentiment do you wish to convey? Oh, that’s okay, no hurry, whenever you get around to it? Or. Well thanks anyway but it’s too late now? ....
Jul
8
comment What English construction matches the Boolean condition of nand?
@Tonepoet- Exactly, that's what he says. "I eat pancakes when they have bananas nand strawberries in them" -> ~(0 & 0) = T
Jul
7
comment is helping vs. helps
If you have a business that provides to its customers a service that watches over people to make sure they don’t get sick or killed then the first is better. if a side effect of operating your business is that you stay alive and well, then the second is better.