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Apr
23
answered Which of these sentences using “can” or “could” is better?
Apr
21
answered Is the phrase “Like many another” correct in standard English?
Apr
13
comment Correct punctuation of a phrase?
@Kevin: I know about the phrase 'even more so', but when you remove that as an adverbial phrase, what you have left is nonsense: "Knowledge is expensive, but is stupidity". So, the adverbial portion must be just 'even more', because "Knowledge is expensive, but so is stupidity" makes sense (even more so than the originals, in some respects). You could make a case for "Knowledge is expensive, but (even more so) so is stupidity". But it feels clumsy. That's why I prefer my first quoted answer, which uses the 'even more so' phrase. The other three are all creaky - ungainly, unhappy.
Apr
13
comment Correct punctuation of a phrase?
@Cerberus: nor me - the last of the three is probably best; the middle is more like 19th century punctuation.
Apr
13
comment Correct punctuation of a phrase?
Pointing out the obvious - you've written them as two sentences, not a phrase.
Apr
13
answered Correct punctuation of a phrase?
Apr
12
answered Do my prejudices get “fulfilled”?
Apr
12
comment Does “you're” also qualify as a valid contraction for “you were”?
I don't think either "they'ven't" or "we'dn't" is remotely a recognized abbreviation.
Apr
12
awarded  Cleanup
Apr
12
revised Is it wrong to use the word “codes” in a programming context?
rolled back to a previous revision
Apr
12
revised Is it wrong to use the word “codes” in a programming context?
Fix trivial typo
Apr
11
answered How should I address someone with a known name and unknown gender?
Apr
7
comment Multiple comparatives of different types: how to choose?
@Kevin: the 37th neutrino whistling past a neuron at the moment triggered a random association at the instant I was typing. It was a quasi-random choice. Also, dirt and mess are attractive to 8 month old babies, and hence beguiling to them.
Apr
7
answered Multiple comparatives of different types: how to choose?
Apr
6
revised “convey” vs. “say”
Note on 'say' vs 'convey' not meaning the same thing.
Apr
6
comment “convey” vs. “say”
@language hacker: "but I haven't said it very well" has the wrong connotations; it implies there was a suitable (recognized) form of words, but you didn't use them and what you did say wasn't as good, somehow. Again, "I don't say it well" has the present continuous tense; "I didn't say it well" is more or less the same as "I haven't said it well". "Say" isn't quite the mot juste.
Apr
5
answered “convey” vs. “say”
Apr
2
revised Meaning of “it was gone 2pm”?
added 292 characters in body
Apr
2
answered Meaning of “it was gone 2pm”?
Mar
31
comment Words whose pronunciation remains the same with the last four letters removed
The words are mostly in the 'ugh' group - borough in particular (as PLL pointed out in his answer); 'thru' sorta, but the number is quite small (a single digit, I suspect). @Martha: yes, I know I'm cheating - that's why it was a comment and not an answer! (But "thoro'" with the apostrophe to indicate stuff missing might be semi-kosher.)