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comment Single-word or multiword term for a grammatical tense marking another tense
You would still likely get better results on Linguistics.
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comment Single-word or multiword term for a grammatical tense marking another tense
I'm voting to close this question as off-topic not because it is a bad question, which it is not, but because it is not about English per se, and is in fact a question better suited to linguistics.
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comment Has “S***” Become De-Curse-ified?
Oh, OK. Someone bowdlerized it, then. If you watch it on HBO you'll hear everything as it was spoken.
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comment Has “S***” Become De-Curse-ified?
Was this a rebroadcast by some other entity, or on HBO itself?
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comment Has “S***” Become De-Curse-ified?
What? HBO censored fuck on John Oliver's show? That has to be a first. HBO is well known for allowing any kind of language.
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comment An alternative to the word pray, without a religious connotation
I agree, and am voting to reopen. C'mon, people, do the math. September '14 came before December '14.
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comment It was dark by now
@FumbleFingers: now 4. At this point in the series of events; then: The ship was now listing to port.. From the same page: 3. at the time being referred to: The case was now ready for the jury.
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comment It was dark by now
It's fine. Writers do it all the time, substituting the present for the past to give a lend of immediacy to their prose. "By now I was realizing this woman had been a girl in my biology class . . ."
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comment Why “thanks” Can Never Be Singular as a Noun?
@Mari-LouA: Never heard that. People don't talk like the bible where I come from.
Apr
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comment Why “thanks” Can Never Be Singular as a Noun?
@slyfin: I don't know where you're from, but I have never heard someone say "have thanks."
Apr
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comment Why “thanks” Can Never Be Singular as a Noun?
@Mitch: That was good enough for Long John Silver.
Apr
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comment Why “thanks” Can Never Be Singular as a Noun?
You don't have thanks, you give them. And it would seem pretty miserly to dole them out one at a time, don't you think?
Apr
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comment Is the grammar proper for this statement going on the back of a tee shirt for a labor day celebration
Just a word of advice. This is probably going to get closed because we don't do copy-editing and proofreading here. But before it does, let me advise you to pick a shorter slogan. Copy intended for a tee-shirt should be around six to eight words long.
Apr
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comment What do you call a group (collective noun) of programmers?
Programmers tend not to group together. But if you have to have a word, I suppose that word might be scrum.
Apr
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comment English analogue for russian aphorism parody “for seven troubles there is single reset”
@Andremoniy: Your beach joke only works for people speaking English with a Russian (or similar) accent, where beach is virtually indistinguishable from bitch. Also, the "Sleep, bitch" punch line makes no sense to me, unless the joke is that the speaker is simply an unpleasant asshat.
Apr
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comment Is there a word that means “having to do with genre” or “with respect to genre”?
If you mean having to do with a particular genre, you could say a thing is "genre-specific."
Apr
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comment What does it mean when someone says “noted” to you?
Voting to reopen.
Apr
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comment What does it mean when someone says “noted” to you?
This is really not a bad question. Please do not vote to close.
Apr
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comment When do I use 'to' and 'ing'? For example, the verb is read
How does it suggest uncertainty?
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comment How much is idiom “chew the fat” acceptable and neutral?
I agree with @EdwinAshworth that it's not negative, and go a step further to suggest that it is in fact positive. But it is a colloquial expression with a notable "ick" factor and should be used with discretion. The President would probably not use it in a State of the Union Address, for example—yet he might.