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Jun
14
asked What causes a verb to be infinitive only?
Jun
14
answered Can itself be used for a group of people?
Jun
14
awarded  Commentator
Jun
13
comment How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
@tchrist You convinced me. I wasn't buying the answer because I felt that the edge case still wasn't explained; why does Brittanica use the archaic ae but pronounce it as ee. The business logic that they must use the same name to keep the trademark explains the contradiction. Thanks.
Jun
13
awarded  Scholar
Jun
13
accepted How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
Jun
13
comment How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
When æ appears in writing Modern English, [it] is pronounced the same as that sequence of vowel letters would be. Encyclopædia, encyclopedia, and encyclopaedia are all pronounced the same. I feel like those statements conflict. I wouldn't pronounce ae and e the same way. Is there something I am missing?
Jun
13
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Jun
13
awarded  Student
Jun
13
comment How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
Even Encyclopaedia Brittanica pronounces it as a long e sound, in their ads and so on. According to your answer, that is wrong. Is such a major organization, who should clearly understand pronunciation, making an error in their own name?
Jun
13
comment What do you call someone who betrays his/her spouse?
It would probably be perfectly acceptable to call someone an adulterer if they were actually convicted of adultery, in the same way it is only permissible to call someone a murderer if they were actually convicted of or had confessed to murder. Many people forget that adultery is actually illegal still, at least it is in my state. Here it is actually on the books at a punishment up to life in prison, though that would never happen in the modern day.
Jun
13
revised How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
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Jun
13
revised How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
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Jun
13
asked How is “æ” supposed to be pronounced?
Jun
8
comment “These sort of things”: is it grammatical? (2,670,000 hits on Google)
Actually, saying that these sort of was more common is very interesting. Maybe it used to be perfectly natural. It just sounds wrong now. Given that those were more common, archaic may well be more accurate than incorrect.
Jun
8
comment “These sort of things”: is it grammatical? (2,670,000 hits on Google)
It isn't incorrect because it violates a grammatical rule, as exceptions to those are common. Its incorrect because it still sounds awkward to the modern ear. If it stops sounding awkward and wrong, then it stops being awkward and wrong.
Jun
7
revised “These sort of things”: is it grammatical? (2,670,000 hits on Google)
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Jun
7
answered “These sort of things”: is it grammatical? (2,670,000 hits on Google)
Jun
7
comment Rewording of “task with the highest stakes”
@zooone I personally feel that causation was implied. A mental model is a system designed to find causation and discover patterns. I did drop the proximity of the events, while could easily be added in.
Jun
7
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