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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 How to ask a mixed-gender group for their participation?
Hipness is like jazz: "If you have to ask, you'll never know" --L. Armstrong
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comment “Is himself in?” What does it mean?
@JanusBahsJacquet I'll have to look up what's been done in the last 30 years in the way of postcolonialist readings of Synge. :)
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comment Using 'got' to mean 'have'
@WS2 Yes, indeed. "I've got a cold" = "I have a cold - so I won't be at the meeting." "I've gotten a cold" would be used with "Since last Thursday..." or "Every time I've been to Denver...".
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comment “Is himself in?” What does it mean?
@JanusBahsJacquet My knowledge of IE is literary; but certainly Pegeen Mike is referred to as herself throughout Playboy, and she's clearly the boss, although she's the daughter, not the wife, of the widowed tavern-keeper.
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answered “Is himself in?” What does it mean?
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comment Using 'got' to mean 'have'
@WS2 The past/passive participle of get is got only in your hemisphere; in mine it is gotten.
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answered sentence combine with past tense and present continuous tense
Oct
28
comment I need help finding evidence in “The Most Dangerous Game” by Richard Conell for Rainsford committing first-degree murder on Zaroff?
This question appears to be off-topic because it is about inferences from content, not understanding language.
Oct
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comment Why does the word delight have positive connotations?
@Gary'sStudent In my day the joke was that an Austrian farmer uncovered Mozart's grave and asked him why he was furiously erasing an immense stack of musical manuscripts ...
Oct
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comment 1610 Meaning of 'occasion'
The primary sense of occasion in EME was 'opportunity'; in this sense the word was more often used without an article than with one down to the middle of the 19th century. You can't argue from idiomatic use of one term to idomatic use of another.
Oct
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comment What does it mean to show sympathy for the other ticket
@JoeDark That script is subtitled "Pre-rehearsal version March, 1975" - according to Wikipedia, "Principal photography began on May 12, 1975 in Washington, D.C."
Oct
25
comment can I use “used to” for something is “used for” some objective?
+ More precisely, it no longer has anything to do with used to for past habitual action. Well into the 18th century use was employed in this sense in the present tense, too.
Oct
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answered Present perfect and Past tense in a specific place
Oct
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on Does hunx have an origin?
Oct
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reviewed Approve suggested edit on On second glance, at second glance, on a second glancing, etc
Oct
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comment Tricky Past Perfect sentences
I agree; I see no reason for any of those perfects. Narrative pasts are fine.
Oct
24
comment What does the phrase “old Charlottes” refer to?
@Kris Do you mean 'old Charlottes'? Old is just the ordinary sense 'former' - in the UK what in the US we call alumni are called old boys - and Forester and O'Brian both indicate that it was common to refer to the crew of a vessel by the vessel's name.
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answered What does the phrase “old Charlottes” refer to?
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answered What is the correct translation
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comment Adding extra information
@Mynamite That's a reading I hadn't thought of; but if that's what was meant the author should have flipped the like phrase to the front to avoid ambiguity.