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web programming student, former code monkey of a HUGE international legal company that got too big for its own good...


Jul
5
comment When should I capitalise eucalyptus or other genuses?
So, do we capitalize it because it is the genus ("oak" being the common term rather than "Quercus"), or don't capitalize it because we are not using it in a scientific context?
Jul
1
comment Am I taking a course “on” or “at” an educational website?
Someone else might be able to answer with references, but in my experience if you are going to a location you use "at" and if you are on the computer you say "on"
Jun
28
comment Why past tense in 'I got this'?
@Betty another use of bad grammar that is not going away even in the "smart people" world of computer science and medicine is "I could care less!!" Just heard this a few days ago at the hospital between RNs. After enough people say it, a phrase will become common regardless of correctness.
May
8
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May
8
comment Plural form of Abbreviation Ending in O
There are only a few instances where "...os" is wrong and "...oes" must be used, and those words are already established. ESL @ About.com. Since "PO" (in this question) is not a word and has not been established to be one that must use the "es" it would use a single "s".
May
8
comment Does one 'have' or does one 'hold' a fascination?
Is there a way that you can say that sentence more specifically how you are trying to use it? (ie. "She was held by a fascination of the otters, and wouldn't leave the zoo.")
May
8
answered Plural form of Abbreviation Ending in O
May
8
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May
8
comment Negative in a question with various negative valence words
@PeterShor - I would rather use "anyone" in that situation as well, but is the use of "someone" actually wrong? Are there times when "someone", "anyone", and "everyone" can not be interchanged grammatically? (without worrying about the obvious change in the meaning of the sentence)
May
8
revised Negative in a question with various negative valence words
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May
8
answered English line breaking rules
May
8
comment Negative in a question with various negative valence words
@MarkBeadles: I did not find them to be grammatically incorrect, and of the sentences in the list, those were "acceptable", and looking over your reply and mine (just above) we both suggested the same thing in the end (you used "there" I said "here", but basically the same sentence)
May
8
comment Negative in a question with various negative valence words
Yes, f) still works, but wouldn't be my first choice. The negative is fine, as long as it isn't a double negative (don't say "Why isn't there ever no one"). Personally I would ask, "Why isn't anyone ever here?"
May
8
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May
8
answered Negative in a question with various negative valence words
May
8
revised Negative in a question with various negative valence words
Spelling, grammer
May
8
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Apr
24
comment Alternative to “In real time”
What exactly are you trying to convey? The fact that humans do everything "in real time" (because we have not mastered the 4th dimension) or that they don't wait until later, and if they are going to tweet that they will do it instantaneously or not at all?
Apr
22
comment Does the long form of an abbreviation go in quotes?
Beat me to it. And if this was for a resume, remove the reference to yourself, start the sentence something like "Worked with..." or more assertive like "Awesome at Syntactically Awesome Stylesheets..." (depending on the employer a little tongue-in-cheek helps)
Apr
22
comment What is the difference of “Standing rules” of an organization and “Rules” of an organization?
You are right in thinking it was strange when you said the organization and its rules were in place for a decade without any change. I would think the use of "standing" gives a feeling of temporariness.