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Feb
2
comment Is “Law of Leaky Abstractions” a proper noun?
The quote in the question is not a title. The sentence is in the body text of the Wikipedia article: "As coined by Spolsky, the Law of Leaky Abstractions states "All non-trivial abstractions, to some degree, are leaky."". Do you mean the capitalisation from the title has leaked into the body text and statement 3 is correct?
Dec
12
comment “I'm lovin' it”
I am not qualified to answer, but this phrase was the subject of an entire episode of Grammar Girl: "According to the rule, “I’m loving it” is not grammatically correct because it uses a stative verb—in this case, one that conveys emotion, love—in a progressive tense." and "“I’m loving it” does sound slightly off, and that draws attention. Perhaps that’s why McDonald’s chose it". To native speakers that know grammar it should sound weird (?)
Nov
26
comment “Hard” vs. “hardly”
Touched upon in Do All Adverbs End in "-Ly"?, section "What Are Flat Adverbs?".
Nov
21
comment If enough people say “supposably” instead of “supposedly”
@Jon Purdy: I was thinking of two complete sentences as examples to illustrate the difference. It is a bit too abstract for me as it stands.
Nov
20
comment Is it Web site or website?
@fabrik: yes, agreed. Although in this case, today, it is 3.51 billion vs. 3.73 billion. BTW, "web site" is 0.28 billion (a factor of about 12).
Nov
20
comment Descriptivism and widespread misspelling
"Learned"/"learnt" is now a question here: english.stackexchange.com/questions/4965/…
Nov
19
comment If enough people say “supposably” instead of “supposedly”
@Jon Purdy: do you have examples to illustrate the difference?
Nov
14
comment Missing articles?
@Bruno Rothgiesser: or perhaps "when traditional patterns of the landscape became established.".
Nov
14
comment Missing articles?
@Bruno Rothgiesser: the sentence does not read well. Perhaps "when the traditional pattern of the landscape became established."
Aug
29
comment “did shoot” vs “shot”
@itrekkie: can you add one or more examples of do-support to illustrate your answer (perhaps tailored to your statements)?
Aug
13
comment Is it acceptable to start a sentence with “however”?
Is also a podcast: traffic.libsyn.com/grammar/grammar058-however.mp3