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I like to think my English is OK. Or, say, not bad for a foreigner.

That's about it.


Apr
12
comment Is there a single word that is the opposite of “want” (i.e. “do not want”)?
Note, however, that John Lawler's comment doesn't apply everywhere. There are verbs that do have other verbs as opposites, even if those mean exactly the same as the negations with "not".
Apr
11
comment My English translator capitalizes every noun. Is it correct?
@T.E.D. IE is fairly consistent, I'd say; it uses lowercase except for things that are proper nouns. (Or should I say proper names; I can never tell those apart.)
Apr
10
comment Why are foreign words used in modern vernacular?
@fdb Also, the French don't have a word for entrepreneur.
Apr
7
comment Small change, big difference
"That's one small step for a man..."
Apr
3
comment Word to describe sending an out of date email after spending a long time composing it
For me, 30 minutes is not a long time to spend on an email at all!
Mar
22
comment Is “Is it a girl or a boy?” really calling the infant an “it”?
Wait, wait. Did your boss really say, literally, that they wanted to "ask whether she had a girl or a boy"? Then the boss already has the answer, no? Just ask "Did you have a boy or a girl?" No "it" involved!
Mar
22
comment Is “Is it a girl or a boy?” really calling the infant an “it”?
@Marthaª Hey, that's offensive to all HTML purists! The text at the top may be big, but it's not bold at all!
Mar
20
comment Any opened supermarket near?
Even if it is cultural, I don't believe you can go wrong with "open". "Opened" does sound odd. Unless it's an edge case like you know that they were building the new supermarket, but you don't know if it has opened yet.
Mar
15
comment How to make sure “you” is interpreted as plural?
I heard that "Y'all" is becoming more and more ambiguous, and, if you mean plural and you want to make sure you're understood, you better say "All y'all". (No authoritative source to back that up though.)
Mar
15
comment How do you politely ask for someone's gender?
A/S/L?​​​​​​​​​
Mar
12
comment The logic behind “better safe than sorry”
The problem is that you see the expression an an example of tri-state logic (good, neutral, bad, or in your own words, "safe", "base state", "sorry") but it really isn't, it's just binary, good vs bad. You made up the "base state" yourself.
Mar
9
comment What do rodents do?
I'm surprised you didn't manage to work in rot.
Mar
9
comment What do rodents do?
@Gabe If you want to know that, you should ask a new question. And it's not just the g; The k suffers too.
Mar
8
comment What do rodents do?
In many European languages, rodents are defined by that which they do. French: rongeur, ronger; German: Nagetier, nagen, Dutch: knaagdier, knagen etc. English seems to be an exception.
Mar
8
comment When is it acceptable to start a sentence with an “-ing” word?
Additionally, if there were such a rule, the second sentence would break it as badly as the first would.
Mar
8
comment Have a sexed up weekend ahead! - is this correct
Strange that nobody has mentioned anything about the superfluous "ahead". Or is that just me? Doesn't the sentence sound much more natural without it?
Mar
7
comment What does “America” mean?
@RegDwigнt Can you explain please? No matter how I look at it, your comment doesn't hold.
Mar
7
comment Is it correct to say “We did a make”?
And if the make produces a working program, you can say "We made it!"
Mar
7
comment Is “song spoiler” a correct word?
@ElliottFrisch Fun! Fun! FUn! In The Sun! Sun! Sun!
Mar
6
comment Is “song spoiler” a correct word?
In my ears, a song spoiler sounds like you accidentally reveal the song to someone who wasn't supposed to know it yet.