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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 Breathe vs. breath, why so much misuse?
Perhaps because there are very few copyeditors on the internet?
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revised No direct object in 'give thee faithfully to follow' ? (1670 UK, Isaac Penington)
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answered No direct object in 'give thee faithfully to follow' ? (1670 UK, Isaac Penington)
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comment No direct object in 'give thee faithfully to follow' ? (1670 UK, Isaac Penington)
This is mostly right, except that may was never there to be elided; this is a last gasp of the old subjunctive.
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comment Shakespearean equivalent of genuinely?
'truly' usually works
Jan
28
comment What are the proper verb tenses of this sentence?
@FredBailey The basic rule (I call it FumbleFingers' Perfect Truism) is "Don't use Past Perfect unless you really have to". You would have to use past perfect only if your discourse was centered on the past and you needed to 'back up' to mention prior events which contributed to that past context. In this case, however, Abdullah's "shaping" starts at the time of the stroke, and moves forward from there.
Jan
28
revised What are the proper verb tenses of this sentence?
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Jan
28
answered What are the proper verb tenses of this sentence?
Jan
27
comment increasing vocabulary in history of civilization, philosophy and ancient history
This question is, I believe, off-topic both here and at English Language Learners as fundamentally opinion. My recommendation is "Just read a lot", using a dictionary as you need it -- in that way you learn both what the words mean AND how they are used.
Jan
24
revised Mixed conditional clause type 1-3
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Jan
24
comment Mixed conditional clause type 1-3
@tchrist I'm very fond of this article. Note that it repeatedly alludes to Maule's article from 21 (now 27) years earlier!
Jan
24
revised Mixed conditional clause type 1-3
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Jan
23
comment What does “Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.” mean
@HotLicks Perhaps you remember the Auburn engineer's Reading Comprehension Test? 'C m dux?' 'M r not dux, m r chikins' 'M r 2 dux, c m wangs?'
Jan
23
answered What does “Last yeer I kudn't spel Engineer. Now I are won.” mean
Jan
23
comment punctuating more than one sentence within em dashes and parentheses midsentence
These are literary constructions, which cannot be effectively spoken, so it doesn't really matter how you point them.
Jan
20
comment Is there an incidental word for 'exchange'?
You could use the passive. That's one of the things it's good for.
Jan
20
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
@tchrist No, I made it up. But I spent some time in law offices, and I'm pretty sure it's legit. (At least it convinced you, which is some sort of high bar.)
Jan
20
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
Apiece they will receive £1,000 in cash; jointly, however, they will hold Henry House and its grounds, together with responsibility for its upkeep during their lifetimes; when the last of them dies it will pass to the Heritage Trust.
Jan
20
comment Please find a word that it is not grammatically correct to begin a sentence or question?
@Centaurus I hate that whole family, except Jack. Him I like.
Jan
20
reviewed Approve What does “pitting folk” mean?