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comment “adjective noun noun”: which noun does the adjective refer to (“electrical system operators”)
Using strong grammar and punctuation does not just prevent ambiguity (which may be unlikely to a native speaker, and aided by simple common sense and context), it also improves the clarity, rhythm, and resonance of both written and spoken prose. I was looking up lyrics to a silly song the other day and noticed the line: "And the tears upon the pillow that I shed". Obviously nobody is going to think the singer is shedding pillows, but that kind of clunkiness is what separates clever wordplay from accidental ambiguity, and timeless, poignant prose from a forgettable pop song.
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comment “adjective noun noun”: which noun does the adjective refer to (“electrical system operators”)
See my update. There are tons of official resources on this topic.
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Aug
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comment What does “don’t pave the cow path” mean in this context?
Manhattan adopted a grid plan in 1811. The rising popularity after the civil war would be because there was a boom of new cities and plenty of land to work with, versus, say, Baltimore, which is water locked in nearly all directions
May
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answered How to define someone who does not like/want to get a job or do anything in life?
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comment Is this an example of extrapolation?
Is the distinction between the two that extrapolation suggests an independent or original idea or inference based on given data, while induction is more like filling in the missing piece, but there is only the one right answer to be filled in?
Aug
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answered Is this an example of extrapolation?
Aug
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comment “One-to-one” vs. “one-on-one”
@Mitch - Face-on-Face has a definite connotation. And one-to-one, as Shyam mentioned, is transactional, not interactive. You make a one-to-one comparison between objects, or you make a one-to-one trade, or in a database, table A has a one-to-one relationship with table B (meaning that a row in table A can only link to one row at any given time in table B and vice versa). If someone said to me, "Let's have a one-to-one conversation" I would think they were either a robot, foreign, or expected me to say exactly the same thing they said back to them each time, so that each sentence matched.
Apr
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answered Opposite of 'Midas touch'?
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comment Opposite of 'Midas touch'?
"I'm like King Midas in reverse, here. Everything I touch turns to shit." -- Tony Soprano
Apr
19
comment Difference between “shake”, “tremor”, “shiver”, “tremble”
That I will agree with, but only because I've become uncomfortably aware of that personally in the past few months. But that's a tremble more than a tremor, I'd say.
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comment “adjective noun noun”: which noun does the adjective refer to (“electrical system operators”)
And my point isn't that context isn't usually available, it's that there is actually a grammatically rule so that it doesn't have to be, and ignoring it is basically like expecting someone to hear your tone of voice in am email. Usually it works out, but it can be pretty awful when it doesn't.
Apr
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comment “adjective noun noun”: which noun does the adjective refer to (“electrical system operators”)
A small appliance factory went bankrupt yesterday. Did they make toasters or just have a small staff?
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