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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
28
comment “Where are you now at?” — grammatically correct?
I was going to answer that I was told not to end a sentence with a preposition, but... I found this question. Read the first answer: english.stackexchange.com/questions/16/…
Jul
27
comment Is there a more concise term for a long-term girlfriend/boyfriend than “significant other”?
We took the term "fiancé" from the french and it works well for our purposes. Maybe it is time to adopt another word for this kind of relationship. Japanese use "koibito" and in Spanish I understand it is "novio". Some comedian or movie needs to get this thing solved! Where is Seinfeld when you need him...
Jul
22
comment Which adjective to use for a hour that has already started?
The term I have most often heard is "...or fraction thereof..."
Jul
20
comment Do things that “get one’s rocks off ” always “rock one’s socks off ”?
I haven't heard it used as "sexually excited", I heard it to become sexually spent.
Jul
18
comment What is the meaning of “is must to ”
I have read "it is must that..." to mean "it is required to... but it was in very old English, in this case it is bad grammar.
Jul
14
comment When addressing my 'Sensei', should I omit the possessive “my”?
(Yes, there is a Japanese SE.) In Japanese (as in English) you would not use the possessive to talk to him, but you would if you were talking to someone else, as in "My sensei is nice." And in all actuality you usually remove most pronouns or references to people, especially yourself, when speaking Japanese. Saying "I did..." or "my car is..." is thought of to sound pompous, you infer the fact it is you or your car.
Jul
7
comment American English without an accent
I heard it was the Pacific Northwest... The few people that I have talked to from Nebraska had a slight southern twang that I don't hear on CNN or NPR. No argument, just saying what I heard.
Jul
5
comment What word is used to refer to a transvestite hater?
Are there people that hate hermaphrodites?!?! that is straight up stupid! I live in a pretty closed minded area but never found someone that hates hermaphrodites! Must be people that think the blame should be on the parents for doing something immoral...
Jul
5
comment When should I capitalise eucalyptus or other genuses?
OK, that is what I was thinking. Just got confused in the translation.
Jul
5
comment When should I capitalise eucalyptus or other genuses?
GAH!! So it is fine either way? the sentence: "I watched a koala climb the Eucalyptus tree." would be ok? or should I save the capital for talking about scientific terms?
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
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
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
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?"
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)