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comment Is it okay to say, “I would rather eat it than look at it”?
On the one hand, I can't think of any example that I'd rather eat than look at. On the other, I believe it best to refrain from asking. I don't think I want to know.
Feb
2
comment What are words that describe “the people” in the same way that “the machine” describes the ruling class?
@DCShannon I will have to listen to that one again, more carefully this time.
Feb
2
comment What are words that describe “the people” in the same way that “the machine” describes the ruling class?
I have never heard "the machine" used for the upper class, the powers that be.
Jan
30
comment meaning of a statement
Where lies the difficulty? In the fact that this is a rhetorical tautology?
Jan
29
comment Is “times” really a plural noun?
With your reasoning, "one times five" would be incorrect, right?
Dec
8
comment Is “to anagram” an established verb?
Yeah, I know that the OP's sentence was incorrect. Personally I would have used "anagrammed" with double m. Ehm, anyway. I can't cite a rule, your sentence just feels better with was to me. Apparently, my gut feelings are a bit off.
Dec
8
comment Is “to anagram” an established verb?
But the OP and all the other examples match the tense of the comparison to the tense of the word "realized".
Dec
8
comment Is “to anagram” an established verb?
Can you explain why you use "is" rather than "was" here.
Oct
27
comment Does “Bad Ass!” have a positive or negative meaning?
I wish to state here for the record that "bad ass" with a space is usually negative. Even if you're reprimanding a donkey.
Oct
6
comment Why do we call a computer or TV display a “screen”?
@HotLicks 80s even. When the Mac arrived in 1984, there was no way it could display colour.
Oct
4
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Oct
4
reviewed Reject Why does i.e mean that is?
Jun
28
comment What is the name of the symbols “<” and “>”?
@Nicole By the way, you should never use "informal" and "use in math" in one sentence.
Jun
28
comment What is the name of the symbols “<” and “>”?
And their names are STAGO and TAGC. (Or rather, that's what their names used to be back when HTML was based off of SGML.)
Jun
9
comment What is the correct verb for “driving” a boat?
In other words, whatever floats your boat.
Jun
8
comment Non-residential vs non–residential (short or long hyphen)
In your post, the second one is a dash, not a hyphen. My gut feeling says, use a hyphen. Non-residential, or even, non‐residential.
May
18
comment What part of speech is 'closer' functioning as in 'I moved closer'?
Wait, are you saying the word should have been "closelier"? Yuk.
May
18
comment “One of my most dearest, and closest friends”?
"most" has the same meaning as the "-est" suffix, so "dearest" actually means "most dear".
May
16
comment Subtle difference between “I insist he be punished” and “I insist he should be punished”?
I am not sure why you emphasise the word "subtle".
Apr
29
comment Is there a word or an idiom for people who only spend their families' money and fool around?
I just call them bums.