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Jan
25
comment Did English ever have a formal version of “you”?
In Japanese (in which I'm reasonably fluent) there are many levels of politeness but they are not driven by the choice of personal pronoun but mostly by the verb form. Personal pronouns are often completely removed by formal/polite conversation because the meaning and the respective positions are conveyed by the verb.
Dec
22
awarded  Commentator
Dec
21
comment Why is the word “pants” plural?
not singular, single object as in one inseparable object... well mine for sure. ;)
Dec
21
comment Do most languages need more space than English?
Speaking about Italian and Japanese: Italian is more or less like Spanish, little longer than english. The typical Japanese used on application UI is much shorter (also counting pixels) because it can uses only 2 or 3 kanji to compound phrases like "File open", "Start new game", etc. Not every application do that because it could be hard to understand, but usually it's shorter.
Dec
21
comment Which is correct: “you and I” or “you and me”?
Thank you for the clear explanation.
Dec
21
accepted Which is correct: “you and I” or “you and me”?
Dec
21
comment Why is the word “pants” plural?
Yes but the question is, why a pair of pants is a single object? A pair of shoes is a couple of separate objects.
Dec
21
asked Which is correct: “you and I” or “you and me”?
Dec
21
answered Why is the word “pants” plural?
Dec
19
answered Has “utilise” lost its meaning in America?
Dec
8
comment What's the opposite for “steep learning curve”?
for a street curve I agree, for a learning curve I'm less sure. Anyway I just reported it as idiom I often hear at work.
Dec
7
answered “Just” vs “already”: which one is sooner?
Dec
7
answered What's the difference between 'china' and 'porcelain'?
Dec
6
accepted alternatives for “guy”
Dec
6
asked alternatives for “guy”
Dec
6
awarded  Critic
Dec
5
comment Which is correct: “when you have finished” or “when you will finish”?
Thanks that's really useful insight!
Dec
4
answered What's the opposite for “steep learning curve”?
Dec
4
awarded  Teacher
Dec
4
answered Need a word that has the opposite meaning of “nominal”?