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Apr
16
comment It's too cute! But what is “it”?
In this case I'd say the "it" is being used as a dummy pronoun. It's equivalent to the otherwise meaningless il in il pleut
Mar
28
comment Which is correct: “It ended up just being him” or “it ended up just being he”?
@EdwinAshworth, but since we're talking about English, doesn't that mean that the language has just evolved and those people (me included) are now right? ;)
Mar
23
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Feb
13
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
I was thinking of making the map myself, but no point reinventing the wheel. =]
Feb
13
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
@WS2, FumbleFingers This is an interesting set of maps
Feb
12
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
@WS2, I read it wrongly at first too.
Feb
12
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
I don't know if it stretches up into Scotland
Feb
12
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
Yeah a good number of us do. Certainly as far south as Middlesbrough. And at least a few of my friends from Cumbria do.
Feb
12
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
@ws2 Billy Elliot does =p
Feb
12
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
Not sure if I've misread your comment now, however the mam in my example is my mother, not a stranger
Feb
12
accepted Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
Feb
12
comment Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
I settled on capitalising with the same rationale. I just wasn't certain. :)
Feb
12
asked Is mum/mam/mom etc ever capitalised?
Feb
12
comment “A cup of hot coffee” or “A hot cup of coffee”
Now I'm thirsty for coffee!
Jan
23
comment Comma after full date?
Thank you Andrew. You've explained what I wanted to say more clearly than I could manage this morning.
Jan
23
comment Comma after full date?
ergo, "optional"
Jan
23
comment Comma after full date?
It doesn't change the meaning to omit or retain the comma, but it might require a little awareness on the part of your readers to either know or realise that "Gary, Indiana" is a place if it's omitted.
Jan
23
comment Comma after full date?
If you ignore the fact that in this specific example, the place name happens to be a given name, the pattern is <place-name><optional-comma> is my home town.
Jan
23
comment Comma after full date?
See the thread I mention, I'd like to read this. Where do you mention it please?
Jan
23
comment Comma after full date?
The last one, I'd say the comma is optional.