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A commercial writer for 20 years, a theatre guy for 30 years before that, once a drummer - until I heard Joe Morello.


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comment custom cutting lumber or custom cut lumber or custom lumber cutting
I think you are confusing custom VERBed with customer VERBed. The former designates something VERBed for an individual customer; the latter (which, frankly, I do not recall encountering) would designate something VERBed by an individual customer.
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comment How to phrase topic sentence
This question appears to be off-topic because it asks for advice on literary/rhetorical structure.
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comment Usages of word Would
@ZhanlongZheng I think you're looking for more 'logic' than is there.
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comment Usages of word Would
@ZhanlongZheng I think MacMillan's got it right.
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answered Using the word “lagniappe”
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comment Using the word “lagniappe”
It's native to New Orleans - a French spelling of a Spanish phrase - and I think largely unknown elsewhere, except to readers of Twain's Life on the Mississippi.
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comment Is acquiesce used correctly in the following exchange?
As any dictionary will tell you, acquiesce is an intransitive verb: one acquiesces to or in something. It cannot be cast in the passive.
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comment Usages of word Would
@ZhanlongZheng Usually they're equivalent: present inferences concerning a past event. "Somebody washed the dishes." "Oh, that will/would have been Kevin; he likes to keep things tidy."
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comment Usages of word Would
@ZhanlongZheng It might be, but in practice they are virtually identical.
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comment Usages of word Would
@ZhanlongZheng: That's an inferential use of will/would, not a conditional use.
Apr
16
comment “Small Latin and Less Greek”
@SvenYargs And though could certainly express and even if in Shakespeare's day: "And though she be but little,, yet she is fierce." (Note by the way the 'subjunctive' there with no hint of counterfactuality!) But and though will bear that paraphrase on either reading: the question is whether it's a counterfactual if or a concessive if.
Apr
16
comment What does 'it is love' mean?
I think then you should ask them what they mean. This is not an ordinary English expression.
Apr
16
comment Use of “would” in the specific situation
@ZhanlongZheng Yes, quite so.
Apr
16
comment Using hyphens with number ranges
None of these is correct. It's an ellipsis of four-minute to seven-minute; what you want is four- to seven-minute or 4- to 7-minute.
Apr
16
answered “Small Latin and Less Greek”
Apr
16
comment The adventures of Tom Sawyer sentence meaning
+1 The Barlow was a style of knife rather than a "brand", so a "sure-enough" Barlow is something of a oxymoron, though it appears that the boys of Hannibal did not recognize this. Its design put a premium on ruggedness and cheapness.
Apr
15
comment What does 'it is love' mean?
From what people do you hear this? Are they native speakers of English?
Apr
15
comment What did the poet Carl Sandburg write about?
Welcome to ELU! I regret that this question addresses matters of the history and criticism of English literature, not the language, and is therefore off-topic here.
Apr
15
comment Use of “would” in the specific situation
@ZhanlongZheng Very unlikely. With have, would is almost always past: it's either a backshifted will have or a past irrealis would. To express what you want we'd qualify will than cast it in the remote would: "I think they'll have gone to bed" or "they'll have probably gone to bed" or something of that sort.
Apr
15
comment Use of “would” in the specific situation
@ZhanlongZheng Well, I'd call it an inference rather than an assumption or expectation, but yeah.