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Mar
5
comment Noun for someone fun and caring and compassionate
Makes me want to combine the answers as "delightful gentleman" or "charmer gentleman". But that wouldn't really work out, would it? :)
Jan
25
comment What do you call unclean water that you can't see through?
@Ben: I agree. Perhaps "mire" was too strong for this sentence.
Jan
24
comment What do you call unclean water that you can't see through?
So as per the question, we could call the water "Murky and mired with..."
Oct
25
comment How do you write the short form of “you all”?
More info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Y%27all
Jan
2
comment Ending punctuation of “How are you”?
The quote was actually one of those italicized quotes that appear at the end of every Readers Digest (RD) article. It was probably contributed by an RD reader. It was many years ago, so I don't even remember what punctuation they had used. Then again, couldn't 'how are you' be used solely with an exclamation mark imagining someone was shouting it to a friend? How are you!!!
Dec
10
comment What words are commonly mispronounced by literate people who read them before they heard them?
The hyphens I used were not to separate the syllables but to highlight the pronunciation. Edits made
Nov
26
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
But you're very correct. I'd rather use 'keep a score' on the T-shirt, than allow anyone to think that it was meant in a negative way.
Nov
26
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
@everyone: I recollect 'keep track', 'keep pace' and 'keep time' too. Although 'keep tempo' is something I haven't come across, but going with the pronunciation theory, I guess 'keep tempo' is also ok. I'll say, it's been nice to discuss this with you guys. Un-biased opinions on English from y'all are a refreshing change from the biased opinions I get to hear. Thanks guys!
Nov
26
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
Got it! 'keep score' sounds wrong because of the pronunciation of 'score' which comes immediately after 'keep'. The addition of 'a' as 'keep a score' eases the pronunciation in the same way as we use 'an' before any word that begins with a letter that sounds like a vowel. @Kosmonaut: I used the word 'largely' because I didn't want to shift from the topic of the original post. Although I do believe there's a reason for softwares to give 'UK English' and 'US English' as two separate options. Lets just say English always was and is a changing language. No boundaries.
Nov
25
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
@Rhodri: I've heard of "keeping pace", "keeping time" etc, but not "keep pace", "keep time" etc. That's what I meant.
Nov
25
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
What you mentioned is just one of the meanings of 'score'. google.co.in/…
Nov
25
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
"...keep track of..." would be correct. I'm mostly exposed to UK English, and I've never heard of phrases like 'keep time', 'keep pace', 'keep tempo'. Grammatically, they sound very wrong. I'm open to corrections if I'm wrong...
Nov
25
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
It has to do with T-shirts in the sense that I want the correct English sentence to be on the T-shirt. I'm ok with casual English on T-shirts, but for this particular T-shirt, I wanted the right sentence. 'keep score' sounds wrong because it's at the end of the sentence. It may have sounded ok if it was "Did you keep score for that team?". Here, 'keep score' isn't at the end of the sentence, so somehow it sounds ok.
Nov
25
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
"Keep score, keep time, keep tempo, keep track" - aren't these the American short-forms of phrases? Like how aeroplane was shortened to airplane. I'm not from the UK, but I believe that since that's where English largely originated, UK English is the correct English. From that perspective, is "Keep score" correct or not (Note that in the sentence I've given, 'keep score' is the end of the sentence. If you used 'keep track' at the end of a sentence, would it still sound correct? It doesn't, to me )?
Nov
24
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
It's the "...keep a score..." part that I'm asking about. I'd like the English to be correct.
Nov
24
comment Is “if winning isn't everything then why do they keep score” a correct sentence?
@Reg: thanks for the edit
Nov
23
comment How do you write the short form of “you all”?
@Benjol: A dictionary mention was all I was looking for :) Geoffrey provided it.
Nov
23
comment How do you write the short form of “you all”?
But is there any official mention of the use of "y'all"?