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Jul
5
comment “Without that” clause
@FumbleFingers Cory Doctorow is one of those sci-fi writers who tends to get very technical. And like a lot of sci-fi/fantasy writers he may adapt a peculiar turn of phrase food a particular character. (Which is what I suspect happened here.) Another example of this is The Knife of Never Letting Go. The main character narrates and he is uneducated, which is evident in the way he tries to pronounce long words.
Jun
27
comment “Can take no other” vs. “can't take other”
What is the context?
Jun
27
comment Which is appropriate while addressing in-laws?
I have heard "My in-laws are coming this weekend." Which would help compound the sentence.
Jun
27
comment Then or Than, Which to use when comparing time?
Despite the fact that it is referring to time?
Jun
27
comment Neither or nor in this sentence
I don't ride a bike nor do I ride a horse.
Jun
22
comment A word for “something you want to know only to regret knowing it once you do”
I'm looking for a word 3 could have used to warn 4. i.e. 4 could have said "That's a Pandora's Box don't open it."
Jun
22
comment A word for “something you want to know only to regret knowing it once you do”
The level of regret don's matter. Just that there is regret. And it happens immediately. Meaning the only reason you want to know is curiosity, and once you're told you don't want to know it irks and eats at you until you have to know. But once you're told you regret it instantly. An imperfect and extreme example: If 1 cheats on 2 and then 3 finds out. 3 then let's slip to 4 (a good friend of 2), that it knows what 1 was up to that night. 4 then keeps badgering 3 with guesses and nagging until 3 breaks down and tells 4 what 1 did. 4 immediately regrets knowing this and tries to forget it.
Jun
22
comment A word for “something you want to know only to regret knowing it once you do”
those both refer to how someone would feel afterward. I'm referring to the information itself.