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comment Is there a more concise way to describe this symbol?
@LamarLatrell Yeah, I just figured out that the arms are offset. Bother.
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comment Is there a more concise way to describe this symbol?
The negative space within a swastika
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comment Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?
@LittleEva I'll stick with the characterization: as easy as possible but no easier. Innovation comes about because the poet seeks to express a meaning that lies beyond the established linguistic conventions: her task is to extend the language to encompass new meaning and prevent her readers from evading the meaning she intends.
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comment Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?
@FumbleFingers Something felt wrong about that when I was writing it ... it's not in fact Shakespeare at all, it's Tennyson, from In Memoriam.
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comment Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?
@FumbleFingers Shax' version reinforces the verbal parallelism with metrical parallelism: better to have loved and -- never to have loved at
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comment Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?
@Jamie Edited to address that.
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answered Can you have a gerund and an infinitive in the same sentence?
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comment What is a witty synonym for the phrase “waste of time?”
It's sorta futile asking for wit. As Pope said, wit is "What oft was Thought, but ne'er so well Exprest", and unless somebody here comes up with something entirely original all you're going to get is what has previously been exactly so well Exprest.
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comment Nested Flashback - Past perfect tense w/in present tense or Past tense w/in past tense or Past perfect tense w/in past tense
It's a question of what effect you're aiming at, and how skilfully you aim.
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comment Nested Flashback - Past perfect tense w/in present tense or Past tense w/in past tense or Past perfect tense w/in past tense
There is no rule or even strong convention regarding how you tell a story. Abrupt shifts from one perspective to another are common even in formal history, and in fiction it's a matter entirely of the author's taste, intent, and knowledge of her audience.
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comment Can a comma be used to REPLACE a subordinating conjunction?
I'd call it an adjectival phrase modifying the subject -- a 'secondary predication'. But I think you hit the nail on the head in the rest of it.
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comment Past perfect and simple perfect difference
Use of perfect constructions is dependent on context; it is rarely possible to know why a perfect has been used unless its context is provided.
Jul
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comment What's the etymology of 'of' after verbs?
They're the same 'of's you find anywhere else. The genitives referred to in a. and c. are cases of the objects, not the verbs.
Jul
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comment What are some phrases from the machine age that I can use in regular conversation?
Read lots of P.G.Wodehouse. Even if you lose interest in the question, read lots of P.G.Wodehouse.
Jul
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comment Word for the action of talking loudly with the people from your past in your imagination
Intensely annoying? Profoundly disturbing? Deplorably infantile?
Jul
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comment Will this sentence make any sense to readers? Grammar question
As it stands, the first says it is the alley which you remember; with a comma after alley it would have the same sense as the second, that you remember sitting on the ground talking; but with commas bracketing in the alley it would be the location, which you remember, the fact that you were in the alley at the time.
Jun
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comment it's important that he… — it's important for him to
Welcome to ELL! Note that to force a line break you must either separate the lines with a blank line or put two spaces at the end of the first line
Jun
30
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