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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 Does good grammar offend?
@Shoe Yes: every speech community sets its own standards of grammaticality.
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answered Does good grammar offend?
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comment Commas when explaining what another sentence “says”
The convention calls for commas, and it is one of the most pointless and annoying conventions the publishing houses have imposed.
Dec
22
comment Is it acceptable to use yes as a question tag?
It's not idiomatic -- probably a deliberate characterization device marking Ash's non-humanness.
Dec
21
comment sentence construction where non-restrictive clause uses a conjunction
Your first version is fine. Ignore Word's grammar check - it doesn't understand what you're doing. Ignore Word's grammar check even when it does understand what you're doing.
Dec
20
comment What is the word to describe the lack of something?
Also, in want.
Dec
20
comment Christmas wishes to multiple persons
Why are you cc'ing Bob, which implies that you merely want him to be aware that you have emailed Alice rather than addressing him directly?
Dec
17
comment What’s a “handegg”?
@Mr.ShinyandNew安宇 It is seriously employed as a term of derision by followers of real sports which do not require armor.
Dec
15
comment Origin of the phrase: “they went back to the well”
The point is that well is figurative for source and need not be tied to a particular sort or characer of well.
Dec
15
comment Origin of the phrase: “they went back to the well”
I don't think you need such a narrow understanding of well. To go back to the well means to return to the source [of something valued]. Well originally meant any source from which water emerged from the earth -- a 'spring', or 'fount', not just a dug well -- and that meaning was transferred quite early to the source of other good things: the 'well of life' is found in the early 9th century.
Dec
15
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Dec
15
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Dec
14
comment Parallel Structure: negative comparative
It's fine, though it might be better to rewrite as as just as to preclude the reading because.
Dec
14
comment What’s the correction punctuation in “dwelled on why that happened; would it happen again?”
Me, I'd use a colon. (But I'm old-fashioned and would use 'dwelt', too, following Wordsworth.)
Dec
13
comment What does “handing out fathers” mean?
@Kris I think this asks for interpretation of a common colloquial idiom and is fair game.
Dec
13
answered What does “handing out fathers” mean?
Dec
11
comment What is the proper way to say “queryer”
Query is rather formal; inquire is more common and ask more common still → inquirer, asker. Or you could be really arcane and use quærent !
Dec
11
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Dec
7
comment “Be like” usage
@TRomano Yes, the complement is never a predication of an action; it is a representation of the action. That action may be--perhaps usually is--speech; but even then it is not merely a report of the words uttered but a re-enactment of the speech act, often with exaggerated emphasis and complex gesture. And it may not be speech at all, but an expressive characterization of the act: "He was like Wham! flat on his butt" or, as in my son's example quoted in my answer "J.J.Watt be like doodly-whomp!.
Dec
7
comment “Be like” usage
@TRomano "Sayin'" is I think too narrow: quotative BE like implies not just words but behaviors and is followed by a representation of an action.