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Long-time Informix user and developer, experienced in C and Unix (many variants). Email: jonathan.leffler@gmail.com

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comment In what order should you say people's names?
If "we lost the match" isn't suitable, then "you, he and I lost the match" is normal. In other words, I don't think the positive/negative distinction is valid in English. At least, not in English English as I was taught it half a century ago.
20h
comment In what order should you say people's names?
I don't think the advice about "I first when negative" is valid. The second example sentence is simply not idiomatic English.
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comment How is TL;DR used?
In my work environment, it is normally considered polite to put the TL;DR comment at the top of the email, leaving the details below for those who need to read it all.
1d
comment “…and all would have to be accounted for.” Improper sentence ending at 'for'. Please suggest alternative
It is fine as it stands, but if you must change it, then "and we would have to account for all of them", where the agent ("we") could be changed to suit the circumstances.
Nov
14
answered What is the opposite of an exhaustive list?
Oct
7
answered Word or phrase for a woman who shows up at events in gaudy outfits, garish make-up, and excessive jewelry?
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30
awarded  Explainer
Jul
2
awarded  Famous Question
Jun
17
awarded  Constituent
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9
awarded  Caucus
Jun
3
comment Beer is made ___ yeast, water, hops, and malted barley
@SteveJessop: the question title always had "and malted barley" at the end. When the title was first copied into the question body, the all-important "and malted barley" was replaced by an ellipsis. I've copied the three words in place of the three dots.
Jun
3
revised Beer is made ___ yeast, water, hops, and malted barley
Copy the last three words from the title into the question - making some of the comments obsolete
May
26
comment What word or phrase means “a loss of what was on your mind”?
I'm not convinced aporia is correct in context. Aposiopesis is more nearly on target, but still has connotations of voluntary discontinuity of expression whereas the question is more about involuntary behaviour. I'd agree with drawing a blank or brain fart.
May
26
revised What word or phrase means “a loss of what was on your mind”?
I think sufficiently strongly (given the fix-ups in the previous edit) that the 'lost of mind' should be 'loss of mind' (in agreement with Edwin) that I'll change it.
Apr
2
revised What do you call the child who doesn’t resemble his / her parents in English?
Fix trivial typos
Feb
26
awarded  Enlightened
Feb
26
awarded  Nice Answer
Feb
23
comment “Forgot” vs “Forget”
@BenCrowell: obviously, I disagree with you, but each to their own dialect of English.
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30
awarded  Nice Answer
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26
awarded  Yearling