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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 Completeness of a Reference in a Comparison
You left out the top level, from which the others descend: d) I think that letter are more exciting to receive than emails are exciting to receive
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comment The vowel /ʌ/ can be found in the word ________?
Welcome to ELU! Answers to questions of this sort may be answered most easily by consulting a good dictionary; I advise you to use a dictionary from a UK publisher, such as Oxford or Collins, since these are more likely than American dictionaries to describe pronunciation with the IPA notation you use.
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comment Recommendations for books on English style (not grammar/proofreading)?
The best book of this sort I know is The Reader Over Your Shoulder by Robert Graves and Alan Hodges. It's 70 years old now, and many of its examples of bad prose are written in styles that are no longer followed; but its principles are uniformly sound and its examples are always instructive.
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comment How can a poem be defined?
Why should there be a "clear distinction"? Any utterance (which need not even be linguistic - many musical works are called 'tone poems') which is read in the light of other works the reader takes to be poems is by that act constituted a poem.
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comment How can a poem be defined?
Poem and poetry can be (and have been) defined a thousand different ways; every poem constitutes a redefinition of the term. What do you want to do with your definition?
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revised How can a poem be defined?
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comment Can a sentence have an indirect object without a direct object?
@talrnu An Object, Direct or Indirect, is a sort of Complement of the verb - it 'completes' the sense of the verb. I ran can stand on its own - to the store or away from him are Adjuncts which supplement the content. Note, too, that an Indirect Object can be expressed without a preposition - I gave him $100 - to him is merely an alternate way of expressing the Complement. But I ran store is meaningless. Store is the Object only of the preposition, not of the verb.
Oct
18
comment Did Shakespeare really mean meat pies by baked meats?
@ivanhoescott I beg your pardon, I misunderstood you.
Oct
18
comment Did Shakespeare really mean meat pies by baked meats?
As I said, the literal meaning of meat is "food", not narrowly "flesh"
Oct
17
comment Did Shakespeare really mean meat pies by baked meats?
@ivanhoescott I think it very unlikely that Hamlet intends the statement to be taken literally - he is deliberately exaggerating the brevity of time involved.
Oct
17
comment Microsoft word and confusion about himself/he/him
This may help: [ell.stackexchange.com/questions/8743/…
Oct
15
comment What does “trabacaloes” refer to?
OED 1: "An Italian ship of medium size; a coasting vessel." OED is your best hope for obscure words; links to its individual volumes may be found here.
Oct
15
comment “Theater” vs. “Theatre” in American English
As a veteran of 30 years in the theatre I resent hell out of this and acknowledge that is entirely correct. :)
Oct
15
comment Is positive reality good?
Every other instance of positive in this document contrasts the positive values with imperfections and limitations and exhorts pastors to start from such positives. I don't think the document intends this positive in the philosophical sense given or existent.
Oct
15
comment Is there a single word meaning “things I want/desire”?
Wants is pretty obvious.
Oct
14
comment do you skip the a at the beginning of a word after a previous word ends in a consonant?
What leads you to think that you should do so?
Oct
13
comment what is the passive form of “i have been there in the morning.”
No: the passive is possible only with transitive verbs.
Oct
13
comment The grammar of 'clothes' versus 'clothing'
For what it's worth, my father, an English professor who regressed to the vernacular only with tongue in cheek, always spoke of a scissors.
Oct
13
comment Does “it gives me good feeling” make sense?
@oerkelens To my mind, "It gives me a good feeling" has a different sense: "It gives me confidence in the prospect in this matter".
Oct
13
comment “a priori pigeon-holing of learners” What is the meaning of this phrase?
Please edit your question to indicate what specific difficulties remain after you looked up a priori and pigeonhole/pigeon-hole in a dictionary.