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Apr
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answered Can we say that two people have excellent “work ethics”?
Apr
26
revised Why is it Wrong to use what in place of which (Context of American English) | Specific to GMAT
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Apr
26
comment Why is it Wrong to use what in place of which (Context of American English) | Specific to GMAT
Please read about what constitutes a 'duplicate' on Meta. And read Araucaria's answer.
Apr
26
comment Hyphenation of words like ‘waterproof’
The only ways to check with many of these is in dictionaries (and even the really good ones tend to disagree in certain cases) and for examples in quality articles. As WS2 implies, solidification is an evolutionary process, notoriously hard to trace exactly (and usually occurring faster in the US, as you yourself imply). An additional factor here is that 'waterproof' looks fine whereas 'strategyproof' perhaps looks vaguely comical, or at least awkward. My (BrE) opinion, and doubtless liable to change.
Apr
26
comment Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”?
Note that 'implement' is certainly not interchangeable with 'create' / 'develop'.
Apr
26
revised Necessity to change certain verb tenses in compound sentences in indirect speech
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Apr
26
comment How to emphasize one word more than another at the end of a sentence
This paper studies (red) apples with a crispy exterior. This marks the colour as being (probably) incidental to the study. // This is a general answer; note that academic bodies have their own preferred styles.
Apr
26
comment Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”?
re 'Is my cake ...': It's certainly more appropriate for ELU, but doesn't really help with your computerese-related query.
Apr
26
comment Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”?
re your question about range of DO's licensed: This is always a tricky and contentious area. chef - Magazine Restaurant www.magazine-restaurant.co.uk/the-chef/the-chef/ has: 'Through quality selection and simple technique, excellent dishes were realised'. I'd probably read this without being startled, but 'I realized a superb strawberry cake yesterday' sounds ridiculous, as you say. This particular example is probably down to incongruous mixing of registers, but acceptability tends to be unpredictable.
Apr
26
comment Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”?
You see the problem: 'realize' has a lot of senses. ELU is a general English usage website, so answers here will validly cover general usage. Registers such as that/those used by computer engineers (!) are really a separate issue; I'd suggest consulting a dedicated dictionary or glossary. A classic case of confusion is what people mean by a 'hurricane'; metereologists insist on a stricter definition than many laypersons use.
Apr
26
comment Order of words?
The only problem with either is what the hyphen signifies. A slash would be more normal for 'English and/or Arabic'.
Apr
26
comment Old English word for “lonely”
Hello, Grenelef. If you read through the advice at the Help Center, you will find that reasonable research is expected to have been carried out and posted. Looking up 'lonely' in a thesaurus is the obvious place to start.
Apr
26
comment Is “realize” a synonym for “implement”?
Yes, but this doesn't mean that the two words are always acceptably interchangeable. 'Achieve', 'facilitate' etc might sound more natural, and 'I didn't realize this function' sounds garden-pathy if not ambiguous to a layman. Does it mean 'I didn't use this function' or 'I didn't manage to make use of this function'?
Apr
26
comment which one is correct them or it
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it is not suitable for ELU.
Apr
24
comment Am I RICEing my injury?
You should post the [lack of] results you find. As surlawda says, 'But this usage is so informal ... that you are not likely to find any author[i]tative answer. In essence, you are making something up to serve your own purposes.' Such questions do not fit well with ELU's format.
Apr
24
comment Have, had, and Have had
Don't you think that this may have been answered before (unless it was closed as being too basic for ELU)?
Apr
24
comment Am I RICEing my injury?
What research have you yourself done?
Apr
24
comment What do you call a person who tries to be the first to answer and/or answer the most questions on stack exchange?
Thank you for reminding me. I'm voting to close this question as off-topic because it's a gripe.
Apr
24
comment The subject of “and” in a compound statement
No – I did say I'd made adjustments (the quotes are mine) – I'd thought largely in line with what you wrote, though leaving overall ambiguities is never a good idea in my opinion. Grammatical ambiguity is often resolved by context (We got home. The front window was broken.)
Apr
9
comment Did the Marshallplan help export the English language?
@Cerberus When I suggested on Meta not too long ago that, as I was tired of dismissing all the flak, I was considering ignoring the politico-policing side of ELU, I was told off in no uncertain terms. But I'm the sort of person who sees thin ends of wedges, potential threats to credibility / standards (in answers as well as questions), and non-democratic pressure; perhaps the best thing now is to leave entirely (apart from the occasional dip in to see if JL has further gems). This is not knee-jerk and certainly not pity-me; I've been investing far too much time here. Usually very happily.