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Jan
25
comment What's the English equivalent of the Japanese saying, “A fart ruins 100 days of sermons by the priest (bishop)”?
These sayings are usually found in any English-kotowaza(proverb) dictionary. See here: A good name is sooner lost than won. or An hour has destroyed what an age has built. (although they lose the humorous aspect).
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Oct
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accepted Origin of word “xfered”
Oct
9
comment Origin of word “xfered”
Excellent, this was what I was looking for. It makes a lot more sense explaining why it is an abbreviation.
Oct
9
comment Origin of word “xfered”
@coleopterist: Thanks, that seems to answer my question. Although, I wonder which is more common, one "r" or two (i.e., xferred or xfered).
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asked Origin of word “xfered”
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May
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comment “Suited to an Indian mindset ” vs. “suited for an Indian mindset”
Hmm.. reading the links Cameron posted makes me feel that they are not interchangeable, i.e., "Japan is suited to agriculture" would be wrong.
May
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asked “Suited to an Indian mindset ” vs. “suited for an Indian mindset”
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accepted When can I omit “for” before a time duration?
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asked When can I omit “for” before a time duration?
Mar
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comment What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun?
@tchrist: Yes, there are many odd things about possessives. Here is another one New York’s and Chicago’s transportation systems. <-- In this example having two `s is correct because "transportation systems" are two different entities. Unless you already have, buy a copy of "The Chicago Manual of Style" for more reference.
Mar
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comment What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun?
@tchrist: I'm a native English speaker and have never seen that usage (I also Googled it and didn't get any hits). However, English is a big language so I could be wrong! Also, native speakers make mistakes all the time when speaking, so that might be the case.
Mar
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comment What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun?
@tchrist: Sorry, I didn't understand your explanation. The sentence "The person in the car's phone rang." is not English.
Mar
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answered Is there any term in English for a person who starts a debate, but once he is presented some valid arguments or facts, he quickly retreats?
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answered What is the correct way to possessivize (if that's a word) a compound noun?
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answered Starting a sentence with 'About your question, …'
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